“Bubble” nails have been confusing people on social media

Have you seen the latest beauty trend to hit social media yet?

It’s kind of hard to miss to be honest. Bubble nails have been popping up all over Instagram in the last week in all of their curvaceous wonder.


A photo posted by Ella Manninen (@elboou) on

Also known as ‘hump nails’, this nail art uses a round of acrylic at the centre of the nail shaped into a bubble like dome.

While it seems to only be picking up traction in the last week or so, Nails Magazine has said that this trend is one that has been doing the rounds since 2009.

In the magazine a nail technician from the U.S Hoa Bui, describes in more details how the technique is achieved.

"Bubble nails require building and sculpting of the acrylic until you get the look your client wants to achieve. You have to know exactly where the hump is supposed to be, then slowly build the nails.”

According to Hoa Bui the curve “has to be perfect”. While there’s no doubt that #curvesonfleek are obviously a big winner this year.

However, despite it being quite a precise technique, twitter users are not so convinced of its glory:

Can we take a moment to consider the practical side of things?

How does one text, for example? How do take your rings off? Can you unbutton your jeans? 

We have a lot of questions about this.

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