23 Mermaid Inspired Nails That Belong On The Beach

Magical creatures such as unicorns have inspired many nail designs. Now, one of the most popular trends are mermaid nails. Amazing manicures are being created by using mystical mermaids as inspiration. We love the mermaid look and know that you all will too, so we have found 23 of the most mermazing nail ideas. We have designs with mermaid scales, shells, rhinestones and more. There is something for everyone, whether you want chic nails or a glitzy and glamorous manicure. Some of these designs can easily be created at home. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look and pick your favorite design!

1. Glam Mermaid Scale Nails

The first nail idea we have to show you is glam and mermazing! Most of the nails are black and two of the nails have a sparkly mermaid scale design. One nail also features a cute, little starfish too. This is a pretty design that will suit everyone. You can check out a short tutorial on the page below that shows you how to create the mermaid scales with a stencil. It looks quite simple, so you can create your own glitzy mermaid manicure at home!

2. Pretty Light Blue Nails

Brighten up your look with beautiful blue nails like these. Here we have long coffin nails that are all painted blue except for one. The accent nail has a white shell design. You can recreate this simple design or you can jazz up the manicure with silver starfishes, shells, and rhinestones. These embellishments can be bought online for a cheap price. You just stick them on with nail glue after your nail art has dried.

Pretty Light Blue Nail Design

Source: @nailsbykatrins

3. Magical Mermaid Inspired Nails

If the mermaid scale nail art is not for you, then you could try a stunning design like this. One nail is light pink, two nails have a mixture of pink and blue and the other nail is covered in sparkles. There is also a gold design on one nail too. We love this manicure because it reminds us of the magic of mermaids and under the sea. If you did want a more obvious mermaid look, then you could add some subtle scales in white. That would look beautiful!

Magical Mermaid Inspired Nails

Source: @riyathai87

4. Mermaid Chrome Nails

Chrome is a must-have nail trend and this next nail idea shows how to give chrome a mermaid twist. Here we have long blue chrome coffin nails and when you look at the nails at a certain angle, the color changes to purple. These are mermazing colors and the chrome looks like a mermaid’s tail. Keep it simple like this or you can add some scales. Black scales would be perfect.

Mermaid Chrome Nails

Source: @nailsbymztina

5. Nail Design for Short Nails

When scrolling through the internet to find your next nail look, you may find that most of the nail art is on long nails. However, if long nails are not your thing, then you can have gorgeous mermaid nail art on short nails too. Here is a great example. Two nails on each hand have mermaid scale art and the rest are painted a bright color with shell and starfish decorations. Recreate the whole look or you can try just one or two of the designs.

6. Beach and Ocean Inspired Nails

The next nail idea that we have to show you is one of our favorites! These nails have a beachy design with the nude color as the sand and the blue tips as the ocean. There is also an accent design with mermaid scales and a beautiful shell. This is a gorgeous mermaid manicure and the shell is real too! The look was created with OPI “You Callin Me A Lyre?”, Floss Gloss “Wet”, Sally Hansen “Shell & Tell”, Mermaid Scales Stencil from Whats Up Nails and a shell from the beach.

7. Cute Ombre Nails

Next, we have a cute and simple nail design inspired by mermaids. All of the nails are painted light blue and pink expect for one. The accent nail is painted silver glitter and has a one small shell and rhinestone. This is a pretty nail design that you can easily recreate yourself.

Cute Pink Ombre Nails with Shells

Source: @luminousnails

8. Pretty Nails with a Gold Mermaid

Like your nails to look glam and unique? If so, check this out! Here we have beautiful and light nails and each one has a different design. One is simply pink, the next is sparkly, then there is an embellished nail and finally, the last nail has a stunning gold mermaid decoration. This is a gorgeous and chic design and you can buy little gold mermaids like these online.

9. Holographic Scales

Add a pop of color to your look with a manicure like this. Each nail is a different color and the nails all have a holographic mermaid scale design. This is a cute and colorful mani that would be perfect for the summer. Recreate this look or you can try just one or two colors. You can even choose five different colors too.

10. Glitzy Mermaid Nails

Our next nail idea is glitzy and gorgeous! All of the nails on each hand have a different design and these include glitter, ombre, rhinestones and shells. This is an amazing set of nails and it is perfect for the ladies who want to stand out from the crowd. Recreating this look yourself will require patience and time, but it will be worth it! Shop for some glitter and under the sea nail decorations and you are good to go.

11. Cute Pink Nail Design

Want nails with trendy colors and beautiful nail art? If so, this idea could be perfect for you. Some nails are pink, two nails have a leaf design and the rest have pretty decorations like shells and pearls. Nails like these are stylish and will suit everyone. You can buy small shells like these online. Recreate the whole look or try just one or two of the nail designs.

Pink Mermaid Nail Design

Source: @_allured

12. Matte and Chrome Nails

If you are looking for nails that are inspired by mermaids rather than nails with actual mermaid nail art, then this could be for you. Here we have super stylish almond nails and each one features stunning design inspired by these amazing creatures. Nails like these are bold, trendy and will look mermazing on anyone!

13. Beautiful Mermaid Nail Idea

Next, we have a beautiful mermaid nail idea to show you. Some nails have the mermaid scale design, some are decorated with rhinestones and there is even a starfish too. It is a stunning manicure and the look was created with Sally Hansen Color therapy Well Well Well, Fresh Paint Matte About You and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Big Teal.

14. Chrome and Glitter Mermaid Nails

The next idea is another great design for short nails. Two nails are light, one features blue glitter and the other nail is bright blue with shells and gems. This is an easy to wear design and it will suit everyone. Recreate this look or you can try just the blue color with the decorations.

15. Unique Nail Design

Looking for a unique nail design that will wow? If so, check this out! For this look, the nails have different designs that include scales, drops of water, shells and more. What really makes the nails stand out is the amazing mermaid tail! One of the nails is actually shaped and decorated to look like a mermaids tail. This is such a fabulous idea and you can recreate the tail in any color and with any design.

16. The Little Mermaid Inspired Nails

If you love the Disney classic The Little Mermaid, then this nail idea is perfect you. Here we have short nails with beautiful mermaid scales and one nail features art inspired by Ariel from the movie. This is a super cute idea and it is a must-have for any Disney fan. There is a short tutorial on the page below and you can check out the products used to create the look too.

17. Mermaid Accent Nail

Next, we have another beautiful blue nail idea to share with you. Most of the nails are dark blue and sparkly and there is an accent nail with mermaid scales, a starfish and gems. It is a cute and easy to wear look that will suit everyone. You can take a look at the products used and view a short tutorial on the page below.

18. Vibrant Nails with Crystals and Shells

Our next nail idea captures the magic of mermaids perfectly. Here we have jelly nails that are pink, blue and clear. Some of the nails are decorated with glitter, rhinestones and more. This is another idea that has the glitz and glamour. If you want a more obvious mermaid look, then just add some mermaid scales.

Vibrant Nails with Crystals and Shells

Source: @riyathai87

19. Glam and Bright Mermaid Nails

This next idea is another one of our favorites. Here we have bright blue nails with a mermaid scale design. Some nails are also decorated with rhinestones in green and silver colors. It is a gorgeous design and it will suit all nail lengths and shapes. You can create a similar look to this with a net and there are tutorials online which can help you.

Glam and Bright Mermaid Nails

Source: @badgirlnails

20. Chrome Nail Design

We have all seen those amazing makeup brushes with mermaid tails. If you love those as well, then you need to see this next nail design. These stiletto nails are chrome and look just like the mermaid brush that is featured with the nails. Some of the nails are matte black and some have gems. This is a super stylish idea and you can recreate the whole look or just try the chrome.

Mermaid Chrome Nail Design

Source: @riyathai87

21. Clear Mermaid Nails

The next nail idea that we have to show you is stunning! This is an amazing design and it is very unique and creative too. It’s perfect for women who don’t like bright colors. If you like to stand out from the crowd, then choose nails like these.

22. Ariel Inspired Nails

Seriously, how cute are these nails? This nail art doesn’t feature any seashell themed gems, yet it’s obvious to anyone that these are mermaid inspired nails. That’s because the nail artist used The Little Mermaid color palette.

Simple Ariel Inspired Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

23. Bold Ocean Inspired Nails

If you’re planning a trip to the beach, adorn your fingers with this ocean inspired nail design. This design would be great for you if you are a fan of bold manicures! With very long coffin nails and ocean themed gems on each and every nail, these nails will catch everyone’s eye!

Bold Ocean Inspired Nails

Source: @zack_pn

We hope you have been inspired by these mermaid nails!

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