Duck Nails May Be The Most Unexpected Nail Trend of 2023

Are duck nails the most unexpected nail trend of 2023?

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If you’ve ventured into the beauty space of Tiktok in the last year, you’ve likely come across duck nails, also known as fan tips or flared nails. These type of nails are characterized by duck foot shaped acrylic extensions and bulky fanned out tips. They are a trend reminiscent of Y2K and their comeback lately is undeniable.

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Celebrities like Lizzo, Yung Baby Tate and Tiktok star Aaliyah’s Interlude have been spotted rocking these statement making nails and if Tiktok is any indication, this trend has staying power. Duck nails designs are as in-your-face as the nail shape itself— featuring 3D designs, oversized charms, gilded adornments and hand-painted designs.

If you’re feeling inspired to try duck nails, we’ve scoured Tiktok to find some amazing looks for you to bring to your next nail appointment.

Lipstick Duck Nails


IM IN LUV WITH DUCK NAILS EVERYONE !!!😭💖 @s.a5ha snapped on my nails, tysm bae 💖😭 #fyp #aliyahcore

♬ original sound – aliyahsinterlude
Tiktok star Aaliyahsinterlude could not contain her excitement over her new lip-detailed duck nail set after being influenced by Baby Tate.

Denim Duck Nails

Tiktok creator Yahailah created this denim inspired duck nail set on herself featuring silver accents.

Cobalt Blue Hues

Tiktok creator Daigrippedyou went with this eclectic gemstone hued floral and crystal set.

Freestyle Duck Sets


Alllll ducky freestyles except for the french !! Thinking of running another ducky special 🤫🤫!!! . #blacknailtech #okcnailtech #okcnailartist #blacknailartist #frenchtipnails #handpaintednailart #okcnailart #shortnails #ducknails #okcnails

♬ original sound – paige!
Tiktok creator Artistry.nailz showcased her favorite freestyle duck sets.

3D Duck Nail Art

Tiktok creator Princessdarnice featured a set she did with tons of 3D nail art designs.

Would you try duck nails? Let us know in the comments!