10 milk bath nail ideas for your winter manicure


If you’ve spent any time on Instagram, you’ve probably stumbled upon a milk bath photoshoot. This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – milk (in liquid or powdered form) is added to the bathwater which the subject is then submerged in, resulting in soft, ethereal photos with parts of the body. strategically concealed bodies. Often times, flowers, vines or other objects are added to the water for an even more artistic photo. It became a popular trend in the photography world before making its way into beauty, with milk bath nails taking Instagram by storm. Currently, the #milkbathnails hashtag has over 6,000 posts and counts, with nail artists around the world sharing their take on the trend.

It is easy to understand why the nails in the milk bath made so much noise; clear milky polish is a super chic way to elevate your everyday manicure – plus, you can get creative by adding flowers or other elements. It’s a stunning look any time of year, but milk bath nails are especially dreamy for the winter season.

Looking for a cool fall nail look? Coming up, check out 10 of the most beautiful milk bath nail designs to inspire your winter manicure.

Classic white

You can’t go wrong with a classic sheer white – it’s even one of Jennifer Lopez’s favorite nail looks. This manicure from famous nail artist Tom Bachik is so simple and chic.

Minimal flowers

Taking direct inspiration from milk bath photoshoots, this type of manicure usually uses real dried flowers embedded in the milky polish. The result is as pretty and feminine as milk bath photos.


A neutral, milky base is the perfect backdrop for these stunning butterfly designs.

Accent nail

If you don’t feel a whole set of milk bath nails, opt for a single accent nail on each hand for a more subtle approach. This particular look includes hand painted flowers for a feminine touch.

Blue flames

Who says milk bath nails can’t be edgy? This red outline blue flame design takes this mani from sweet and sweet to fiery and daring.


Milk bath nails don’t just have to be white or neutral. This neon color scheme is eye-catching and fun, but the ombre design keeps things soft and dreamy.

Gold ornaments

Nail jewelry also seems to have a moment right now and is a great way to give a neutral manicure a boost – or five.


This pink ombre moment is so pretty that you probably won’t be able to stop staring at your own hands.

Against winter colors

Bring your milk bath mani into the holiday season by incorporating warm neutrals and jewelry.

With Classic Red

Nothing says “classic” like a red manicure. Keep things interesting with a milk bath accent nail featuring a delicate red floral design.


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