'Nail tints' are the secret to your healthiest manicure yet.

In 2024, the nail trends are endless. Between BIAB, shellac and SNS to Japanese manicures, Russian nails, press-on nails and even micro-trends like the 'old money' manicures — your digits have never been as popular. 

But according to TikTok, there's a new manicure that has people switching out their classic manicures and nail art for a more pared-back, natural look. It's called 'nail tints' (just search the term on TikTok) — and it might just be the chicest, minimalistic, 'clean girl' manicure you've seen yet.

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Here's absolutely everything you need to know about 'nail tints' and why they're about to replace the humble colour block manicure.

What are nail tints?

In case the name doesn't give it away, nail tints — also known as 'nail glows' — are basically transparent nail treatments that give your nails a barely there sheer wash of colour (usually in a clean, pinky hue). 

Think of them like lip oils, lip gloss or tinted moisturiser. It's that 'less is more' approach that'll give you a 'your nails but better' effect. Rather than putting your nails through an unhealthy cycle of repeat SNS, gel or acrylics, this trend is all about enhancing your natural nails rather than covering them up.


Perfect for anyone who has weak, peeling or damaged nails (either from too many gel manicures or nail biting), most 'nail tint' formulas often also offer a slew of strengthening and nourishing ingredients (like almond oil or chemical exfoliants like AHAs) to help support the health of your natural nails


Meaning? They're the perfect solution to natural nails.

What are the benefits of nail tints?

While you can get a 'nail tint' manicure in the salon, it involves no metal tools. No drilling. No shaving. Just one coat of 'nail tint' to give your nails a subtle, glossy, glowy effect.

It perfectly refreshes your nails, making any cracks, bumps or splits less noticeable. Better yet, they're extremely versatile and easy to wear.


Did someone say 'rich girl' nails?

Plus, since these formulas are generally a non-pigmented, transparent polish, it takes seconds to dry when you do them at home — so it's the perfect on-the-go option.

If you're not a fan of traditional polish or someone who likes to wear their nails naturally, this is right up your alley!

The best nail tint polish in Australia.

Can confirm: The 'nail tint' market has exploded and there's now a whole slew of different nail tint polish treatments for you to achieve the trend at home.

If you're looking for some DIY options, Dior Backstage Nail Glow Polish, $47, is the OG nail tint that started it all. There's also OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, $21.95, the popular Manucurist Paris Active Glow Nail Polish in Raspberry, $30 and Essie Hard to Resist Nail Strengthener in Pink, $17.95.

If you're someone who gets professional manicure treatments regularly, it's a great option to strip back the ingredients and damage to nails — especially from treatments like gel manicures and extensions. It's the perfect in-between option to give your nails a break and improve their health and appearance.

Trust us, once you try it, you'll never go back!

What do you think of the 'nail tint' trend? Would you try it? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Feature image: Instagram: @harrietwestmoreland/@clairestarkmanicurist. 

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