The Best Mermaid Nails On Instagram

First it was #mermaidthighs now it's #mermaidnails! Nail art is making a comeback thanks to these Ariel-approved designs...

Just when you thought it was safe to pack away your nail art kit, a new trend hits the ‘Gram. Mermaid-inspired nails are *the* mani to wear right now, according to this lot.

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A set of mermaid nails can be anything from a super glittery coral tip or a graduated sea sparkle to actual shell designs. They’re the fanciest most frivolous nails we have seen since the days of multicoloured leopard print. And we reckon they’re glam enough to go all the way through the party season…

Some of our fave Insta designs are manis with chunky extras glued then sealed onto the nail. Mini shells and pearls secured to the nail using a glittery top coat look fun and super luxe.

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Using real sequins in place of glitter is a cool way to get that mermaid vibe. Just paint your nails a base colour then carefully add the mini sequins whilst the polish is wet. Seal with a clear topcoat.

Feeling a bit blue and in need of some beach-themed fun? Sea-inspired designs are super cute and easy to attempt. All you need is two different shades of blue, some holographic plastic to layer and mini shells for accents.

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Go All Out – Sparkles *And* Ariel!

Shimmering pastel talons look gorgeous against tanned and darker skin tones. Invest on a pot of microfine glitter and sprinkle over the sorbet paints when wet.

Transfers and teensy stickers are a great way to add characters to nails! We love these diamante-trimmed Ariel stickies.

If you have a steady hand, try painting mini scales on one or more nail. We love this sea-green design.

Of course, if you’re a *major* The Little Mermaid fan you could always get actual Ariel *painted* onto your ring finger. Then walk around humming, “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?”…

By Ellen Kerry