This Jelly Nails Trend Will Make You So Nostalgic For the ’90s


Summer 2019 is sadly coming to an end (RIP,) but will go down in beauty history as the summer of experimentation. Want to smear some glitter tears on your face à la Euphoria? Feel like drawing a geometric liner in bright neon? How about a manicure that looks like actual jelly on your fingers?

Jelly nails, also known as glass nails, have taken over Instagram for its fun colors and optical illusion effect. The trend embraces the "anything goes" vibe of beauty looks this summer. "So many of my clients come in and opt for jelly in the most fun colors," says nail artist Dan Renée. "It’s a great way to try new things because of its transparent nature."

Renée, who works her manicuring magic at Wild Oleander Beauty Bar in Brooklyn, credits the trend to good ol' '90s nostalgia. "Jelly polish pairs so well with glitter; a not so subtle nod to a '90s classic, jelly sandals," she adds. "It's a great way to add subtle dimension to other nail trends like crystals, stones and marbling."

Even after the summer has ended, Renée predicts that "jelly is here to stay, even through fall and winter." Ahead, find some more inspiration for your next jelly manicure.

Ariana Yaptangco Social Media Editor Ariana Yaptangco is the Social Media Editor overseeing all #content across ELLE's social platforms.

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