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Mermaid Core Nails Are Trending Right Now — 5 Easy Ways To Wear This Trend

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Scoot over, barbiecore! The hottest nail trend of ‘23- mermaid-core is here for a clean sweep. With a whopping 176 million views on #mermaidcore, this aquatically whimsical fad is sure to tickle your fancy. For those unfamiliar with the trend, a mermaid core-inspired manicure depicts underwater life with the inventive use of oceanic hues, textures and, if you’re feeling a wee indulgent — embellishments like pearls and rhinestones.

This burgeoning trend, creating massive waves in the beauty industry has received the nod from several celebrities and influencers. Topping our list is The Little Mermaid star, OG Halle Bailey who paid homage to her breakthrough role as reel-life Ariel during the Los Angeles screening of the movie. Bailey donned blue nails bearing a sheer, metallic finish, laden with adornments. Kylie Jenner took to her Instagram stories, to debut her ‘glow in the dark’ blue nails– a futuristic take on the mermaidcore trend. And the list goes on!

If you want to jump on the bandwagon and get an alluring, mermaid core inspired nail makeover at home we have a lil’ treat for you. We have collated a list of ideas which are bound to realize your ‘mani’ underwater fantasies (thank us, later).

1. Swimming In A Rainbow

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Nails inspired by the quintessential colours of aquatic life — grab glossy lacquers in mesmerising shades of blue, green and coral. Alternate these shades on your fingernails, admittedly, the easiest way to conjure the mermaidcore aesthetic in the comfort of your home!

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‘2. Shimmer My Way’

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If you prefer a more neutral take on the mermaid core trend, then opt for a shade of shimmery blue on the nails. And if you are feeling a bit adventurous, knock yourself out with adornments in the form of pearls, rhinestones and teensy creatures of the sea.

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3. French Tips With A Sea-cintalling Update

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Embrace the best of both worlds— an amalgamation of mermaidcore with the classic French! Colour your nail tips in mermaid-esque hues like cobalts, lilacs, moss greens and aqua— the world is truly your oyster!

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4. Pearlescent pastels

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Your profound love for pastels, now revisited in a mermaid-sque fashion. Apply a thin coat of the hued-lacquer and finish with a high-shine top coat —reminiscent of the high-powered shine emanated by the legends of the sea.

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5. Pearl Perfection

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This milky white manicure mimics the soft glow of pearls found underwater, a minimalist take on the mermaid trend. We have seen different symphonies of these pearly whites donned by A-listers like JLo, Dua Lipa And Hailey Rhode Bieber. Pick a translucent off-white enamel and add a coat of high-shine gloss to complete the look.

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