The intersection of fandom and beauty
reached an all-time high this year. Harry Potter-themed
hit the internet, Marvel's Avengers
cast got turned into lip balms
, even the cult film Mean Girls
had its moment in the makeup spotlight
As the cosmetics category exploded with nods to TV shows, movies, and books so, too, did the nail category. Amateur and professional manicurists around the globe have been pulling inspiration from pop culture in seriously cool ways in 2016. We'd even venture to say that the fandom-inspired manis of late have been more jaw-dropping than many of the sold-out palettes on Etsy
Whether or not you're interested in adorning yourself with all nine members of the Fellowship, you can't deny the skill that goes into teeny-tiny works of nail art. But really, don't you want to hop on the nostalgia train and check out some manicures that would make Joss Whedon proud? Or try out a subtle way to rock a Storm Trooper on your pointer? Ahead, we've rounded up the very best fandom nails we've encountered on — where else? — Instagram.