And they probably look different than what you're expecting.

By Chelsea Traber Burns
Updated March 15, 2018
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cat eye manicure
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While a cat eye has long been a staple in makeup, it's now made the move over to your manicure. Though it doesn't include the same flick like you might think. The new trend more closely resembles the cat eye gemstone, and Pinterest reports that search for the style is up 792 percent since last year.

The only catch is that you need a special kind of polish to pull it off. "The polish contains iron powder fragments that are attracted to magnets," explained an article on “The iron particles are quite dense, so they usually sink to the base layer of the polish as it’s applied. When you place the magnet over the nail, the iron particles rise toward the surface and stay there due to the thickness of the polish as it dries,” says Michelle Wong, Ph.D. "The result? The particles can be seen through the nail polish, which creates the mesmerizing cat eye effect."

Ask your local nail salon if they have the tools to create the look, or give it a try at home with this Gellen 3D Magnet Cat Eye set ($20; Once you have the kit, the process is easy. You apply the polish as normal, but after each coat, you hold the magnetic wand directly above the polish for five to ten seconds. The magnetic particles in the polish magically come together to form the glowing stripe.

Like the idea but don't want to fuss with the mess? We love holographic nail polish, which gives a similar effect. Try Color Club Halographic Hues Nail Polish ($9;