How to Do Chrome Nails

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
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Chrome nails are killing the game right now and honestly, we can’t get enough of ‘em.

The high-shine look works on short nails, long nails and acrylics, and it can even be used as nail art, making it a trend that everyone can get involved with.

As we spend most of our lunch break ooh-ing and ahh-ing over thousands of breathtaking designs, we thought it was about time that we not only share our favourites, but also tell you how to achieve them.

1. Chrome French Manicure

Take the classic french manicure for a shiny spin with this design. This is the perfect introduction to the chrome trend as nails stay subtle and natural – the only difference is the super amounts of shine.

GET THE LOOK:

Mavala Nail Colour - 269-Deep Blue

Mavala Nail Colour

£4.40 £5.50 (20% off)


2. Rose Gold Chrome Nails

Who doesn’t love a bit of rose gold? This flattering colour will have your fingertips dripping with luxury. Pair it with your favourite jewellery for a bedazzling mani.

GET THE LOOK:

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - Fairy Godmot

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£11.95


3. Mirrored Chrome Nails

Imagine having not one, but ten mirrors at hand, at any given time. Leave your compacts at home ladies and gents, as this reflective chrome colour gives your nails a mirrored effect that will most definitely help you out with those quick touch-ups.

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Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Pearly Platinum

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.99


4. Unicorn Chrome Nails

Calling all the unicorn and holographic obsessed, we might have just found your dream manicure. Coat acrylics or false nails with this pretty rainbow chrome colour for ultimate unicorn vibes.

GET THE LOOK:

essie Original Nail Polish - You Do Blue

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29


5. Dark Chrome Nails

Match your nails to your mood with dark and sophisticated chrome claws. We love these for the winter season, the days you want to stay lowkey or paired with an all-black outfit.

GET THE LOOK:

Jessica Effects The Touch - 2002 Give Me Goosebumps

Jessica Effects The Touch

£8.65


6. Pink Chrome Nails

It’s our ride or die nail colour so, of course, when Kylie Jenner posted this snap of her pink chromed out hand on Instagram we went wild. Clutching a fur bag, she showcases how chrome can complement all kinds of textures.

GET THE LOOK:

Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails - Major Player

Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails

£11.35


7. White Chrome Nails

Flaunt a clean-cut look with a lick of white chrome nail polish. As this design doesn’t have a solid mirrored effect, it’s a great choice if you’re wanting something more subtle.

GET THE LOOK:

Mavala Star Top Coat - Silver Star

Mavala Star Top Coat

£9.95


8. Short Chrome Nails

The chrome looks just as good on short tips as it does on long claws. Spruce up the previous white chrome look with a splash of gold for a mesmerising manicure.

GET THE LOOK:

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour - The Original French

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour

£12.15
Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails - Well Baked

Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails

£9.50


9. Ombre Chrome Nails

If there’s one trend we love as much as the chrome, it’s ombre. Combine them and we’ve got our newfound favourite. We’re obsessing over this uber-girly iridescent finish.

GET THE LOOK:

Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

£12.00 £15.00 (20% off)

10. Chrome Nail Art

Discreet dustings of chrome nail art is one way to stay on trend without being OTT. We love these gold chrome tips for a minimal manicure.

GET THE LOOK:

Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails - That Tan Life

Nails Inc Beach Bottled Sun-Kissed Nails

£11.35

Whether you're heading out to a party, frolicking at a festival or simply want to turn your manicure up a notch, with this inspo you'll be able to rock the chrome nail in no time. (Side note: prepare to be bombarded with endless compliments).

If you'd like some more chrome nails inspiration, check out our white chrome nails, pink chrome nails and rose gold chrome nails Pinterest boards, and if you need help picking the perfect product just take a look at our guide to nail polish.

READ MORE: What is the Glass Hair Trend and How to Achieve It

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Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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