What is mermaidcore, you ask? It is a fun, breezy fashion style that might just be your vibe! Blame it on our long fascination with sirens over history or the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid. Regardless, there is a spike in mermaidcore interest once again. Here’s how to get the look.
One of the biggest traits of mermaidcore is wet, textured hair that gives you that post-shower look. You can wear it in an updo, slicked back, or parted down the middle or side. To perfect the look, use some glossy styling gel like Drybar Liquid Glass Instant Glossing Rinse ($34, shop here) or Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel ($28, shop here)
If the wet hair look isn’t your vibe, but you’re still looking for that mermaid-esque hair, we can help! Try a few spritzes of sea salt spray – like Ouai Beachy Texture in Bottle ($28, shop here) or Fat and the Moon Spirit and Salt Mist ($26, shop here) – throughout your locks, do some hair scrunching, and you’re all set.
Now that you’ve got the perfect mermaid hair, you need the flawless siren makeup to go with it. When deciding on eyeshadow, choose cooler tones such as light blues and greens – we love Kara Beauty Beyond the Sky Eye Palette ($8.99, shop here) – and shimmery body glitter like Unicorn Snot Bioglitter Gel ($16, shop here), You can also spice things up with some pearl makeup adhesives like Hansamu Pearl Makeup Stickers ($9.99, shop here). For your face, add shine with highlighters to give yourself a brighter look and avoid matte foundation. Instead, use foundation or tints with dewy finishes like Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid ($26, shop here).
Under the Sea Fashion
So you’ve got makeup and hair all set, but what will you wear? Of course, it depends on whether you’re going for a dressy or casual look. Either way, stick to cool colors like blues, greens, and metallics. If you’re thinking dressy, pick a flowy or fitted dress that flares at the knee. You can also create the mermaid look with accessories like jewelry or purses. We selected a leather bag in a color reminiscent of The Little Mermaid’s shell bustier.
H&M Rib-Knit Top ($29.99, shop here)
Citizens of Humanity Horseshoe Jeans ($288, shop here)
Shein High Low Hem Pleated Swing Dress ($21, shop here)
Jeffrey Campbell Linques Sandals ($130, shop here)
Kurt Geiger London Kensington Drench Leather Shoulder Bag ($295, shop here)
To add a little extra fun to your embrace of mermaidcore fashion, we suggest mermaid nails to round out your look. This can be simple with cool or nude tones or full vibes with mermaid-themed press-ons – like these xoxoLeesy Mermaid Luxury Press-On Nails (starting at $31.50, shop here) or Magic Press Premium Galactic Mermaid ($12, shop here).