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The legacy of Hailey Bieber's now-iconic glazed donut mani lives on, for the demand for chrome is still sky-high in 2024. The contemporary beauty icon sent fans into overdrive nearly two years ago – nope, equally confused as to where the time has gone – with her frosty, succulent nail look, supercharging an influx of chrome-based designs.

I'm usually wedded to deep jewel tones, but there's something about spring, the so-called season of new beginnings, that demands a lighter, more radiant nail look.

Try The Trend: Chrome Nails  

Hailey's much-admired offshoot of the chrome trend featured a milky white base, gently dialled up with a subtle pearlescence.

Hailey Bieber and her chrome glazed manicure© @haileybieber
Hailey's a bona fide mani tastemaker

But the true genius of chrome powder – a super popular add-on salon request – is that it is distinctly versatile, capable of adding a new, gleamy dimension to virtually any shade. Juanita Huber-Millet, founder and creative director at Townhouse, agrees, pinpointing the "mirror-like shine" as the trend's main appeal.

"Chrome nails catch the light in a mesmerising way - it's like wearing jewellery on your fingertips," she explains. "The chrome effect adds a touch of modern sophistication to any nail design. Whether you're nailing a bold metallic shade of gold or silver or adding subtle sheer chrome à la the glazed donut look, this style is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go."

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Juanita personally loves fusing this contemporary favourite with a stone-cold nail classic: French tips. "There’s something irresistible about blending the timeless elegance of a traditional French manicure with the modern twist of a pearly chrome finish. It adds a touch of sophistication and elevates the overall look while still maintaining the purity and simplicity of the French design."

The Verdict

Nail filing for a manicure © Orin Carlin
A file to prep the nail before polish

Eager to weigh in on everyone's collective nail obsession, I headed to Townhouse's Richmond location in hope of major shimmer.

Tidying up cuticles for a manicure© Orin Carlin
Tidying up cuticles for a professional finish

After having my nails trimmed, clipped, buffed and gently shaped into a short squoval set, I opted for the shade 'Bartlett Street', a pretty, semi-sheer blush pink.

pink nail polish applied to fingernail© Orin Carlin
I chose the shade 'Bartlett Street'

The manicurist dipped a tiny sponge tool into a pot of chrome powder – I opted for the shade with a hypnotising, slightly lilac-y finish – buffing it all over the nail plates.

Chrome powder applied to nail © Orin Carlin
Chrome powder was then buffed on top

The effect was lovely, actually much subtler than the virtually reflective versions I'd meticulously saved on Insta, but I was really into it. It wasn't disco flashy, but a measured, undisruptive glimmer that I felt worked really beautifully in tandem with my beloved opal ring.

chrome manicure© Orin Carlin
The end result

My only bugbear? The It-girls make the customary post-salon snap look so easy. My phone struggled to capture the stunning luminosity of my nails. Sunlight certainly helped, but in my opinion, chrome nails are best admired close-up IRL.