Aquarium Nails Just Took Nail Art To A Whole New Level Of Impractical

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A photo posted by Nicole's Academy♥Nails&Beauty (@nicoles_academy) on

Nov 15, 2016 at 7:26pm PST

What do you get when you cross a rhinestone-studded gel manicure with some Disney/Pixar special effects? Aquarium nails, obviously, which bring the visuals of Finding Nemo to your fingertips.

Every time you move your fingers, the water and glitter housed within the nail dance in a snowglobe-esque fashion, and certainly challenges the already hypnotizing finishes of the chrome and sunglass manicures that came before it.

To create the aquarium effect, a manicurist seals together two fake nails with gel, leaving the center area hollow.


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Mar 29, 2016 at 1:51am PDT

After sealing off the edges, the center is filled with water, glitter, and sometimes oil through an opening near the cuticle, then sealed off. The manicurist then decorates the nail accordingly and affixes it to the natural nail bed.

Granted, it's not really a look that can be DIY-ed, and it's thicker than your traditional manicure, but we figure the mesmerizing snow globe finish is worth it for entertainment value alone.



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May 7, 2016 at 3:03am PDT

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This article was written by Marianne Mychaskiw and first appeared on


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