Seashell Nails Are Set To Take Over This Summer

By Martha Davies

3 weeks ago

A deep dive into the seashell nail trend

Searching for summer manicure ideas? If you’ve got your heart set on something with a bit of sparkle, seashell nails might very well be the answer – think mermaidcore styled in iridescent hues. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Are Seashell Nails?

From glazed doughnut nails to the chrome trend, it seems like glittery, glistening manicures are all the rage right now, and the latest iteration of the trend is most definitely seashell nails. 

As you might expect, this seaside-ready trend can encompass intricate shell motifs and tiny pearls, but the look is also rooted in the mermaidcore aesthetic, meaning it boasts an iridescent shimmer (akin to that of a mermaid’s tail). You’ll find seashells nails in a variety of shades, from cool blue to deep purple, but the common thread is the shiny finish.

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How To Ask For Seashell Nails The Salon

If you’re planning to request this look at the salon, make sure you come armed with plenty of reference pictures. This will help your technician visualise the kind of shade and finish you’re after – especially if you want to add on any accents or charms. 

How To Get The Look At Home

If you’d prefer to give yourself a seashell manicure at home, all you need is regular polish along with chrome powder (to provide the shimmer). If you don’t have any on hand, however, you can achieve a similar look with a glittery topcoat.

When it comes to colours, you can experiment with ombré shades, mix it up with a different colour on each finger, or stick with straightforward tones like pearly white or pastel purple.

Seashell Nails Inspiration

1. Pearly Pink


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2. Gold & Pearl

3. Ocean Blue

4. Bold Tones


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