culture This Salon Owner Uses Dead Bugs To Decorate Her Clients' Nails  

Mariel Loveland
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Not fond of bugs? You might want to look away. The latest in weird beauty trends is dead bug nail art, and it's not for the squeamish. That being said, if you're interested in all things gothic and avant garde, this trend might be right up your alley.

Nail art is nothing new, from geeky designs to sparkly, three-dimensional sculptures. But nail artist Nicole Casati, the owner of Deadly Nails in Melbourne, Australia, takes the spa treatment one step further by providing manicures that use real bugs. Her painstaking work encases tiny insects and other natural materials inside gel polish. These Deadly Nails manicures celebrate the beauty found in nature – though they're definitely on the edgy side.

Check out dead bug nail art, your newest beauty obsession. And don't worry, no animals were harmed in the making of these looks.

Nicole Casati Is The Woman Behind The Trend


 

Does this nail art have you shook? Well, meet the artist behind it. Nicole Casati, the owner of Deadly Nails salon in Melbourne, Australia, took this trend to Instagram and never looked back. These bug-filled nails may have catapulted her into fame, but they aren't where she started.

She Specializes In Unconventional Nail Art


 

Nicole Casati doesn't just put bugs into the manicures she does at her shop. The salon owner has been known to use real flowers, sprinkles, and even and marijuana flakes as accents on acrylic nails.

She Was Inspired By A Dead Butterfly


 

Nicole Casati never thought of encasing dead bugs in acrylic nails until one of her children found a dead butterfly. In an effort to preserve its beauty, Casati thought about embedding one of the gorgeous wings into a manicure. The dead bug manicure was born.

She Has An Incredible Technique To Create Each Look


 

Each manicure at Deadly Nails is a true work of art, and Nicole Casati's technique is absolutely amazing. First, she removes all polish and files the nail. Then she places the dead bug on top, and covers it in more acrylic. The result is a fully preserved bug carcass that won't decay because it's completely sealed.