When you think you’ve seen everything that could possibly be done with nail art, manicure devotees prove you wrong. Step forward the new trend blowing up on Instagram for ‘bubble’ nails, where acrylic is piled up on top of the nail and thinned out towards the edge.
Acrylic nails are usually about thinness, but with this trend it’s all about bulk to create a large curve on the nail. It has to be created in a nail salon but because it’s not taught in beauty school, technicians are having to teach themselves through trial and error.
Hawaiian designs and neon colors are popular, along with a gradient effect.
The curvy trend has existed since 2009 when nail art first caught on but has only just gained popularity. Thousands are now posting photos of their new 3D talons on Instagram under the hashtag #bubblenails.
The bubble base is just another way manicure fans are making their talons the focus of their look with jewels and patterns also piled onto the nail. Women are choosing brightly-colored polishes or layers of glitter over the acrylic to draw attention to the nails.
Hump nails are also gaining popularity – these use a similar technique to bubble nails but with a longer nail for a base. The acrylic close to the cuticle has to be thinner, with the liquid gradually building up towards a bump in the middle, then thinning out again at the tip of the nail.
One bubble nails lover went one step further with the trend. She created nails which bend over her finger by using bubble nails with false nails attached to the tip.
None of the styles are recommended to be worn for too long though, as the huge amount of acrylic can damage the nail.