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Bubble and hump nails the new trend

The latest nail trend is surprising to say the least. Women are going beyond experimenting with colors and designs to play with the actual shape of their nails with 3D “bubble nails.”

So, what exactly do bubble nails look like? Somewhat similar to what your fingers might look like after getting jammed in a car door and swelling like crazy.

While bubble nails are recently trending, they’re not exactly new. It started in 2009 and some people thought there was the possibility of it becoming a popular style.

The bubble nails trend has caught on

About six years later, the trend has finally caught on, with thousands of Instagram posts under the #bubblenails hashtag.

Bubble nails are essentially acrylics with a much greater thickness than normal. To achieve the look, a nail technician places a ball (or multiple balls) of acrylic at the center of the nail and builds it out by adding layers.

While acrylics are typically applied as thinly as possible, this look is all about the bulk. But because the application creates such a heavy layer, be warned the acrylic may be more prone to falling off.

The point is to make it pop more, and it’s not just bubble nails that are trending; so-called “hump nails” are also having a moment.

A more pointed design hump nails.

The two look similar on the surface, but the difference has everything to do with nail length. Bubble nails keep the nail bed short while hump nails have a more elongated shape (though a pointy or square end can appear on either).