Welcome to 2018, the Year of Terrifying Eyeball Nail Art

How they're made is actually insane.

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(Image credit: @nail_sunny)

Just when you thought the chill-inducing beauty trends of 2017 were behind you (oh hey, tinsel lashes and reindeer boobs), 2018 swooped in and started the year off with a bang—i.e. nail art that's creepy on a whole new level.

Please say hello to these eye-catching (LOLOL) animated nails from manicure house Nail Sunny, which bills itself as the number-one nail-art chain in Russia. At first glance, the ultra-long nails look like simple 3D eyeballs (with immaculate eyeshadow blending, btw), but twirl a tiny bar on the back of the nail and the eyes literally move like doll eyes. THEY LITERALLY MOVE, GUYS.

Yes, they look freaky as hell, but we have to give major, major props to Nail Sunny for their hardcore dedication to the look, which, according to a video they posted on Instagram, required a ridiculous amount of work.


First, they created the plastic eyeball (retinas and irises, too), placed it into a tiny socket, threaded a metal bar through, drilled a hole for it within the nail, then meticulously added a smoky eye, thick brows, and even eyelash extensions. The result? Something of your nightmares, and also of your wildest Saturday crafternoon dreams.

Check out the process of the nails being made and think happy thoughts:

Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.