‘Liquid Molten’ nails are all over Instagram

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  • “Liquid molten” nails are gaining traction on Instagram.
  • The manicure includes 3D nail art that mimics the look of molten lava.
  • Celebrity manicurist Natalie Minerva breaks down the trend below.

There are plenty of places to find nail ideas. Whether it’s seeing someone walking down the street or seeing your favorite piece of clothing, you can find inspiration everywhere. However, one of the best things about social media is that you can interact more closely with people than you otherwise would have had the chance to. So what happens when you take the accessibility of a platform like Instagram and combine it with the creativity of your favorite nail artist from the hit TV show “Euphoria”? You get manicure masterpieces that should immediately be on your mood board.

The artist in question, Natalie Minerva, is behind an emerging trend that you’ll no doubt want to recreate the next time you visit the salon: “liquid fade” nails. “It’s a type of 3D nail art texture that gives the nails an almost liquid look,” Minerva told POPSUGAR. “It’s really unique and a relatively new technique in the nail business.”

This nail art look features parallel curved lines in a contrasting color to the one used for the base. The lines can either sit at the top of the nail, like a deconstructed French tip, or also cover the area closer to the nail bed like a reverse French. While Minerva says she’s seen different variations of the trend in Japan and Korea, the idea for liquid fade nails like she does now came from a trip to Iceland. “The first time I play with [these nails]I thought it would be cool to correlate them to the environment,” says Minerva. “Iceland is famous for underground thermal and volcanic activity.”

Liquid slush nails are extremely edgy and perfectly on trend with the recent “indie sleaze” revival. If you want to get ahead and try them out for yourself, Minerva has some tips. “As for the texture, I would recommend using a thick, non-gooey clear gel first to apply any type of ‘liquid-like’ 3D design over the color,” says Minerva. Her favorite is the Apres Diamond Gel ($21). “Also be sure to only use No Wipe Superior Gel for your chrome finish so it looks more like a mirror. I like to use Presto No Wipe Superior Gel ($25).”

The most important part of succeeding with this trend is not to take it too seriously. “There really isn’t just one way to do it and that’s what gives the ‘melted liquid’ a natural, flowing look,” says Minerva. If you want to try the manicure for yourself, take a closer look at some of our favorite takes on the Minerva trend below.

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