How to create Korean ‘syrup nails’ and ‘jelly nails’

Published 23rd Aug 2023 by PB Admin

“Syrup nails” are one of the latest K-beauty trends to blow up accumulating 8.1 million views for the #syrupnails hashtag on TikTok, while searches for the manicure have increased by 9,200% on Google in the past week alone according to research from Online Discount Platform, Wethrift.

Super sweet-inspired nail trends have been all the rage recently from the unflinching reign of the Glazed Doughnut nail to the more micro-trend of the vanilla French.

What are Jelly nails?

Jelly nails have also been doing the rounds with glassy shades becoming popular, either as a base for nail art or for a standalone Y2K aesthetic - especially in neon and bubblegum colours.

#Jellynails currently has 380.9M views on TikTok and searches for this trend have risen 205% alone. 

Essentially, jelly nails are a trend that uses semi-clear tinted colour encapsulated in clear gel or high shine top coat to create an ultra glossy high shine finish that looks a lot like jelly. 

Using colours with a creme base adds a milky element to the look as seen created by Kawaii Nails NYC.

We love this look created by Clawgasmic's Chantelle Vermont with a black jelly gel and graphic black French perfect for moving into autumn...

What are syrup nails?

#Syrupnails are Korea’s answer to this glossy translucent trend accumulating 8.1 million views on TikTok. The trend, which is also super popular in Japan involves using more natural and nude shades rather than bright candy colours. 

How to create syrup nails

Warm colours hot for Autumn/Winter 2023 are ideal to achieve this trend… Berry shades and chocolate browns as well as nude tones and pinks. Sheer shades are layered to create depth and are created as a solid look, ombre effect or a blush. 

Korean syrup nails

No sheer or jelly shades? No problem! Just mix your chosen gel or polish colour with some topcoat and layer away… 

We have also seen some techs use pigment powder, an airbrush or even eyeshadow to create a blush, aura or gradient effect over a sheer or jelly shade. 

This trend is not limited to the aforementioned colours… we are seeing it in greens, purples and pastel colours too.  

To really lean into this trend add some 3D elements and some cute embellishments. 

To create an even more glassy/jelly finish, encapsulate your work with a layer of clear gel before the top coat or add two layers of top coat for an extra glossy look. 


Have your clients been asking for 'jelly' or 'syrup nails'? Let us know in the comments...

PB Admin

PB Admin

Published 23rd Aug 2023

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