3D Nail Art: Elevate Your Nail Game with This New Trending Nail Design

Nail art has always been a canvas for creativity and expression. From simple polish to intricate designs, nails have become a significant part of the beauty industry. But as the beauty and nail industry evolves, so do the trends and techniques. Enter 3D Nail Art, a revolutionary way to elevate your client’s nail game. If you're a Nail Technician looking to upskill and offer your clients something unique, we are here to guide you through the world of 3D Nail Art.

What is 3D Nail Art?

3D Nail Art is a technique where three-dimensional designs are created on the nails. Unlike traditional nail art, which is painted flat on the nail surface, 3D designs pop out, giving a more tactile and visually appealing look. These designs can range from simple raised patterns to intricate sculptures, all crafted to perfection on a tiny nail canvas.

3D nail art but nail charms

Why is Everyone Loving 3D Nail Art?

In a world where everyone is looking for a way to stand out, 3D Nail Art offers a unique and personalized touch to the nails. Each design can be tailored to the client's preferences, ensuring that no two nails look the same. They are also very durable! With the right products and techniques, 3D designs can last as long as traditional nail art, ensuring that your clients get value for their money.

3D Nail Art Techniques

There are a couple of different ways in which you can incorporate 3D nail art into your sets. The first would be to use nail charms, which come in just about any shape and design you could possibly imagine, from gems and pearls, to hearts, stars and other intricate designs! The first way they are attached using nail glue, or a strong, curable builder gel. 

The second way to create those 3D designs would be to use a thick gel polish like our Clear Rubber Base Coat (or colored if that’s the look you’re going for) to create the desired shapes. Once this is cured, you can apply chrome, gel polish, or any other product to finish the design, before applying your top coat as usual! 

You can also create 3D designs using acrylic if this is something you offer at your salon and you are skilled in the technique, the possibilities are endless!

3D Nail Art Ideas

Mermaid Nails: Dive into the mermaidcore trend with this ocean-inspired design. It's an artsy and not too literal way to embrace the mermaid aesthetic whilst creating a stunning, marine look.

Mermaid nail art

Floral French Manicure: The classic French manicure gets a 3D twist with intricate floral nail art and rhinestone detailing. 3D flowers breathe life into this design, making it a show-stopper. Perfect for your clients who love the classics with an added extra!

Space-Age Blob Nails: Blob nails, created from blobs of Rubber Base Coat, are given a futuristic twist in this design. You can combine chrome, jewels, and pearls for a space-age look.

Seashell: This design is minimalist yet enchanting. The base color suits all skin tones, and the addition of swirls and droplets of water-like texture gives it a mesmerizing effect. An iridescent top coat can be added for a pearl-like finish.

Novelty Nails: A playful way to include 3D nail art into your sets is by creating novelty nails. This can be anything from Christmas candy canes to gummy bears. There are so many options depending on your clients' taste!

Novelty nail art

Little Black Bows: Think of this as the nail equivalent of your favorite little black dress. It's a classic design elevated with chic nail charms like bows and a splash of diamantes. Perfect for special occasions or classy events, a great way to elevate a sophisticated ensemble.

Bubble Nails: This look takes clean girl nails to the next level! Using a clear Rubber Base, you can create clear bubbles for that fresh, soapy effect. Try this design with a glitter topcoat to bring the nails to life.

Tips for Creating 3D Nail Art

Just like with any other beauty service, the quality of products matters. We recommend using high-quality adhesives, acrylics, and tools to ensure that your 3D designs last long and look stunning. It’s also important to stay up to date! The world of nail art is vast and ever-evolving, so stay updated with the latest techniques, trends, and tools by attending workshops, online courses, and tutorials. Follow us on ourMiss Dolla Instagram page for new tips, tricks and hacks.


Before offering 3D Nail Art services to your clients, practice on nail wheels or dummy hands. This will help you perfect your technique, build confidence, and ensure you are consistently delivering great results.

It’s also crucial to educate your clients on the aftercare of 3D Nail Art. Whilst they are sturdy when done correctly, there is still a higher risk of catching or chipping, so it’s important that your client is a little more mindful of their nails, particularly if using nail charms. This includes avoiding harsh chemicals, using protective gloves when necessary, and regular infills. 

3D Nail Art is not just a trend; it's an art form. As a Nail Technician, embracing this technique can set you apart from the competition and offer your clients a unique beauty experience. So, dive into the world of 3D Nail Art and let your creativity shine, and don’t forget to tag us in your creations!