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

Updated November 5, 2019 193.3k views10 items

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.

  • She Wants To Challenge The Definition Of Beauty

     

    There's no doubt that Casati's manicures are unique, but she has a real intent behind every zany manicure. "I want to create things that challenge people's perception of beauty," she said.

  • No Animals Are Harmed In The Process

     

    When dead bug manicures first surfaced on Instagram, some people were outraged at the thought that Nicole Casati was killing creatures for her own profit. She doesn't – Casati says her bugs are donated by fans of her work or acquired through a licensed taxidermist. Sometimes, people even bring their own critters in.

  • Scorpions Put The Deadly In Deadly Nails

     

    Nicole Casati juxtaposes danger and beauty in these scorpion nails. A scorpion's sting is highly poisonous, but it's harmless when encased in a layer of acrylic. The result is a little bit edgy and unexpectedly pretty.

  • Real Snakeskin Manicures Add A Little Texture

     

    If spiders and bees aren't your thing, Deadly Nails offers manicures using real snakeskin. The shed skins are layered underneath acrylic to create a cool textured effect.