"Bimbocore" Nails Are All Over TikTok Right Now
As much as some millennials may want to deny it, Y2K trends are still steadily making their way back into our lives. Whether it's fashion-centric looks like low-rise jeans and visible bra straps, or beauty trends like marinated makeup and ultra-thin eyebrows, the 2000s are coming for all of us, and it might be time to embrace it — at least, according to TikTok. The app is home to some of the latest and greatest up-and-coming trends, and right now, there's a new manicure going viral: "bimbocore" nails.
Wondering WTF bimbocore nails are? Don't worry, we've got you covered. The hashtag #bimbocore has over 140 million views and counting, and the nail trend is essentially the epitome of Y2K. Picture anything you would have seen on a t-shirt in early aughts, and it's that — but in nail-art form.
What Are Bimbocore Nails?
"Bimbocore nails feature bold feminine aesthetics that resemble fashion trends from the early 2000s," Hanna tells POPSUGAR. "[A lot of] hot pink, rhinestones, animal prints, and shiny textures." The trend most often features different twists on french tips as a base, but we've seen the look with solid base colors as well. Layered on top is usually animal print, hearts, and flames, usually in blues, pinks, and purples. As for the different kinds of embellishments, we've seen everything from the Playboy Bunny logo to Hello Kitty, as well as hearts and 3D stars.
"Bimbocore nails are a bold choice that is meant to make a statement, so they look best on long to extra long nails," Hanna says. You'll typically see them on square-shaped nails, although the look can be customized to fit all lengths and shapes.
How to Get Bimbocore Nails
"Since this look typically requires a lot of embellishments, it may be more challenging to achieve at home," Hanna says. However, if you're up to the challenge, Hanna suggests starting with a pink-toned base color like Dazzle Dry Kaleidoscope ($22). From there, you can add fun nail stickers, rhinestones, or, if you're confident in your nail art skills, hand-drawn animal print.
If you're looking for an easier route that isn't so involved, there are plenty of press-on nail options available that already have the look, all you have to do is apply nail glue and pop them on. Our current favorite is the Imsohot Long Press on Nails ($9), which feature a zebra-print french tip and Hello Kitty embellishments.
If you're planning to visit a salon, Hanna says you should bring a photo or video of the look you're going for, so that you and your nail artist are on the same page. If you want to add specific embellishments and you aren't sure your nail salon will have them, make sure to bring them along. We love the 3D Metal Nail Charms ($6) set from Amazon, which has a ton of Y2K-themed nail charms.
Bimbocore Nails Inspiration
Keep scrolling for some our favorite iterations of the bimbocore nail trend that you can bring with you to your next nail appointment for inspiration.
Zebra Bimbocore Nails
The bimbocore trend is often seen with a zebra french tip, like on these square nails. Add fun embellishments and rhinestones to elevate the look.
Floral Bimbocore Nails
These bimbocore nails are perfectly on-theme with the trend, thanks to its different floral patterns (like hibiscus) that were popular in the 2000s.
Blue French Tip Bimbocore Nails
Again: bimbocore nails require lots of embellishments. The longer square nail shape allows for lots of room to experiment.
Blue Flame Bimbocore Nails
Another common nail art trend with bimbocore is flames, as seen here in a blue hue with added rhinestones.
Pink and White Bimbocore Nails
These bimbocore nails were done with an airbrush design, but we love the added cherry decals.
Purple Zebra Print Bimbocore Nails
If you like the zebra french tip design but want something a little extra, try the trend in a purple shade. The Hello Kitty and bow embellishments lend that extra that "wow" factor.