Unless you’re living under a nail shaped rock, you’ve seen the newest trend in nails; the mermaid nail. Mermaid nails refer to any nail enhancement or gel service with a thin layer of an extra fine iridescent glitter over the top. The glitter changes the original nail color into an almost holographic shifting color experience – shimmery and show-stopping. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MERMAID NAILS
If you’re just getting into the mermaid nail craze, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with this, the Ultimate Guide to Mermaid Nails. We’ve compiled the best options, (with pictures, links, and prices!) to send you back to your nail table armed with information on the latest trend in nails.
Please understand that this is not a definitive list, as there are literally millions of types of glitter, and even more distributors. We will share the options we know to be effective, professional grade, and beautiful.
Up first, one of our most popular members of The NailARTscape, @chaunpnails uses “Fairy Dust” from Ocean Nail Supply, 1/8 oz. $4. UPDATE: This product isn’t appearing on Ocean Nails’ site, but we’re leaving it up so you know what product was used in the below photos. More similar options follow.
Up next, Lauren Wireman’s Wildflowers Nails has an adorable micro glitter called “Tooth Fairy,” which has a blueish/purple flash over all colors. One of the newest additions to her collection, the Tooth Fairy glitter is just a small part of the glitter offering at her store. Check out this short video of this beautiful glitter (top row) .25 oz. jar for $5.75:
UPDATE: Lauren now has an amazing Powdered Sugar collection of micro glitters and ultra-micro pigments. Eight 5g jars in the stacked collection for $40, with which we are seriously in love.
Celina Ryden, who is a Light Elegance Ambassador, uses Light Elegance “Effect Pretties” in different colors over almost every color combination on her Instagram, but especially the Gold Sparkle. These “Pretties” come as a set of seven 4 gram jars for $45. UPDATE: Light Elegance also has a collection called “Premium Pretties” for $125, on sale for $99.95 with colors ranging from silver shimmer to a mermaid aqua shimmer.
Electa Manuputty, a feature in The NailARTscape this week, can be found on Instagram @electanailart, uses a Polish brand called Indigo Nail Lab Efekt Syrenki (Mermaid Effect). This comes in several colors, which can be seen on their Canadian distributor’s site. It looks like the Canadian site ships to the US and will relaunch in May.
What are some of your favorite mermaid pigments and effects? We’d love to hear more about the other options available in the comments below. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MERMAID NAILS