If you’re someone who’s in the nail salon every two weeks like clockwork, you’re probably always on the hunt for fresh, fun ideas you can bring with you to your next appointment. Earlier this month, everyone was obsessing over galaxy nails, and a few months before that, it was the celebrity-loved “blueberry milk” manicure. Now, there’s a new trend called Douyin nails that’s been going viral on social media, and it’s easy to see why.
Douyin is China’s version of TikTok, but the name’s come to describe quite a few different beauty trends, like Douyin makeup, Douyin blush, and now Douyin nails, which all originated from Chinese creators. The makeup version typically features soft looks with shimmery eyeshadow and heavy pink blush, and that directly translates to the nail trend as well.
Curious about how you can get the look? Ahead, two nail experts – Jin Soon Choi, nail artist and founder of
What Are Douyin Nails?
“Douyin nails generally suit long or medium lengths in stiletto, almond, and coffin shapes,” Choi says. The longer your nails, the more surface area you have to work with for fun designs, but Choi notes that the trend also works on short nails, especially round ones.
One thing to remember? “Douyin nails embody a youthful and fun aesthetic, perfect for expressing your creativity,” Choi says. “There are no rules, so let your fun ideas out and enjoy.”
How to Get Douyin Nails
If you’re heading to a salon, it’s important to bring along inspiration photos and discuss what you’re looking for with your nail technician. From there, Joseph suggests asking for a milky, neutral base. “You could do a super-soft-pink airbrush look to give the blush effect,” she says. “Another option would be a neutral base with rhinestones.” If you’re feeling up for it, you could even combine the two.
If you’re wanting to achieve the look at home, Joseph says to start with a sheer base, like Bio Seaweed Gel in the shade 273 Milkshake. From there, add a few of the Daily Charme Nail Crystals using nail glue, or seal them in with a builder gel.
If you’re looking to take an easier route that doesn’t require much effort, there are quite a few options for press-on nails available that only require you to add a little bit of nail glue. Our favorite picks are the
Douyin Nails Inspiration
If you’re looking for ideas you can bring with you to your next nail appointment, keep scrolling for our favorite iterations of Douyin nails.