Jelly Nails: Taking You Back To The 90’s, One Nail At A Time

Kate RussellBy Kate Russell on August 15th, 2018

If there was one thing that reminded you of the 90’s, what would you say? Would it be the tiny, overly plucked eyebrows that still haunt some of us today? Or, would it be minuscule black dresses and severely straightened hair?  Well, for many, it’s the jelly sandals that were rocked worldwide with anything from a mini skirt to plaid matching blazer and skirt set.

Taking inspiration from this ultra 90’s look, we’re starting to see the re-emergence of jelly fashion, but this time, it’s all over our manicures.

With bright and full-of-fun colour options the key factor here, there’s no need to choose just one colour. From florescent yellow to raspberry jelly or even electric blues, there is certainly no wrong answer when it comes to picking your jelly nails colour.

Using acrylic to create the look, extensions are reaching new heights with nail technicians and their clients taking lengths longer than ever before to indulge in this new Instagram micro-trend.

Beauty maven and social media queen, Kylie Jenner, was one of the first to show off her Insta-worthy jelly nails look. Posting a photo with her friends showing off hot pink jelly nails, alongside lilac and purple sets, the picture garnered over 4.5 million likes, proving that Kylie was not the only one feeling this hot summer trend.

With over 113 million followers on the social media platform, when Kylie posts a new beauty look, it’s sure to sweep Instagram (and the world) in a very short period of time. Now, a quick check on Instagram will see the hashtag #jellynails pulling up nearly 10 thousand versions of the look.

From glitter within the jelly-coloured acrylic itself to real Swarovski crystals and studding, there’s no limit to what you can do with a jelly nail look and the creative nail technician talent on social media is proving that this is the case. Edging this pastel lilac jelly look with crystals, this nail tech adds a glamorous finish to the fun trend. Cover the whole nail or simply add a trim to achieve this sparkling look.


How does the look happen?

First reported by Refinery 29, who spoke about their chat with WAH Nails’ senior nail tech, Hollie Anna, the look was explained by the expert herself. She said, “Jelly nails are made by translucent coloured acrylic being sculpted onto your nail. You place a foil under the nail and we apply the acrylic on top to the shape and length you want.”  Explaining how more dressy looks can be achieved by trapping glitter or even sequins inside the acrylic, the possibilities for jelly nails are endless.

From shorter and more manageable to the longest of the long and super-sharp, when it comes to jelly nails, the more creative the better. If you’ve still got a summer holiday planned this year and you’re off the beach, this is the fun manicure you should be asking for at your local salon. Why not opt for something a little different? Try lime green, bright orange or florescent yellow. Better yet, go for all three!


What do you make of jelly nails? Are some trends better left in the 90’s, or you kind of dig them? Share your thoughts with us in the comments on Facebook and Twitter.

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