Nails are one of the best yet most subtle ways of expressing yourself. Some people love gem-encrusted nail art, while others love a good French mani. But when it comes to DIY, most of us prefer something easy to do—even better if it’s work-appropriate.

Which is why we love the Seaglass nails that American nail artist Jessica Washick has come up with. In an Instagram post, she described them as “slightly more opaque than #Jellynails and finished with a matte topcoat.” (Fun fact about Jessica: she also designs Air Force 1’s at Nike where she works as a Senior Colour Designer.)

Since the colour is so opaque, you can wear the loud and bright hues you’ve always wanted while keeping it work-appropriate.

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Watch the video below to see how she does it (it looks pretty easy?!).

Don’t want to sit through the video? We’ve summarised it for you:

  1. Stick on clear artifical nails and file them down to your desired length.
  2. Dispense a dollop of clear nail polish.
  3. Add green nail polish and mix them. Add enough colour to sheer it out to your desired opacity.
  4. Paint your base coat, and then apply two coats of nail polish, letting each layer drying between each coat.
  5. Top off with a matte top coat.

Also read: This DIY Method Removes Gel Nails Without The Damage

Jessica uses a Deborah Lippmann nail polish, but unfortunately, the brand is not available in Singapore. If you’re looking for an alternative, try:

Butter London Trend Lacquer in Slapper, $18, Sephora

The sea green she chose is giving us major mermaid vibes, but you can also substitute it with candy shades to go back to the jelly nail trend.

Need to remove an old colour before trying this trend? Watch our video below for a quick and easy way to remove nail polish.

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Image: Jessica Washick’s Instagram