Ariel View: 9 Nail Designs Inspired By The Mermaidcore Trend


We all love a little pop-culture reference in our daily looks, be it painting the town pink with some Barbie-core eye makeup to Cinderella-ish shoes. The live-action Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey has brought this magical manicure trend of “mermaidcore,” which is a piece of visual art on nails filled with sea shells and water drip effects. If you do a deep dive on the nail trends, you will spot the Disney fans flaunting their ‘fin’tastic (so proud of myself for this pun) nails with over 350K hashtag-ed posts on Instagram.

Even the Little Mermaid herself, Halle Bailey, was spotted flaunting these nails by Yoko Sakakura.

So, if these shell-to-scales or teal-to-turquoise-hued nails are your vibe, here are nine mermaidcore nail designs you are sure to love:

1. Pretty In Pearls

These gel nails are perfect for those who love a little pearl embellishment. Decorated with pearls and starfish, these nails are sure to win compliments wherever they go.

2. A Splash Of The Sea


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Coated in pleasant beach hues, these nails have everything under the sea. With the grainy starfish and shell design, topped with a blingy ring, these mermaidcore nails are a refreshing change from monotone nails.

3. The Ombre Effect

Shell-themed ombre nails paired with shimmery glitter are the perfect combination to ace the mermaid nail trend.

4. Sea Shells On The Seashore

Replicate the gorgeous shells you find on the shore. Give your nails a 3D effect with some seashells.

5. Magical Almonds


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Get ready to mesmerise with these magical almond-shaped nails.

6. Starry Nights


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Add a splash of blue to your nails with inspiration from starfish.

7. Pastels For The Win

When it comes to nails, pastels are a go-to. Take the pastel nail a notch higher with golden starfish and pearl bubbles.

8. Aesthetically Aerial

Don’t these nails remind you of our favourite mermaid, Ariel? Filled with flowers, pearls, and lots of bling, these 3D nails would surely be Ariel’s first pick.

9. Elegant As Ever

With a french manicure finish and touches of pearl, these gel nails are sure steal the spotlight.

Also, read 9 Subtle Ways to Flaunt Neon Nails This Summer

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