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Trend spotlight: Going nuts for nail art

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Nail art trends to try

Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails.
Nail art trends to try
Photo credit: Little Nails

We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

Little Nails: Mermaid Nails

Just try not to swoon when you get a look at this girly but oh-so-chic mani featuring mermaid detailing we can’t resist.


  • OPI - Ate Berries In The Canaries
  • OPI - Planks A Lot
  • China Glaze - Light As Air
  • China Glaze - Heli-Yum
  • China Glaze - Barry M Gold


  1. Start with your base coat.
  2. Then, starting from the tip of your nail, make a row of dots using different colors.
  3. After each dot, wipe the dotter (nail brush) on a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover so the colors don't get all mixed up. Using several different colors makes it easier to keep them all separated.
  4. After the first row, continue adding different colored dots down the nail, overlapping them like the scales of a fish.
  5. At the end, use the same color as the base coat to form a starting-off point for the scales.
  6. Finish it all off with a top coat for sheen.

Tips & tricks

  • If you can use a dotting tool and have a bit of time, this look is doable. The key is patience and precision, but remember to have fun.
  • You can choose different colors. Check out another way to get the look here.

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