Ultrasound Nails Are A Thing

It seems like every single day, people are finding more creative ways to announce their pregnancies and celebrate their babies-to-be. Some talented nail artists are helping expecting moms do just that by painting actual images of their fetuses on their nails. Yes, ultrasound nails are a thing.

Ultrasound nail art officially got its start in April 2018, when UK-based artist Sarah Clarke nailed her first attempt at replicating a client’s ultrasound image on a full set of acrylic nails. Clarke shared her amazingly detailed hand-painted fetus nail art on Instagram, which of course went viral and has resulted in quite a few requests for “ultrasound nails” from other expecting moms who, obviously, don’t think it’s creepy at all to have an image of their fetus painted on their nails.

As with other unusual beauty trends, nail artists everywhere are trying their hand at ultrasound nails, giving mom-to-be clients unique and memorable manicures for birth announcements and baby showers alike, and even sharing tutorials for at-home DIY ultrasound nails.


So, how does she do it? Clarke says she first applies the acrylic nail to her client’s nail, and then actually hand-paints a tiny copy of the ultrasound image on the acrylic nail with an oh-so-tiny brush. Even more unbelievable? The set of nails that went viral and started this trend was her very first attempt at painting the image of a fetus on a nail.

If you are a nail artist yourself or like to pretend to be one in the comfort of your own home, you can try your own hand at DIY ultrasound nails. Instagram user Nailaddictionx shared a tutorial to show followers just how they do their version of 3-D ultrasound image nails.