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Nail Art Tutorial: Fish Inspired Glitter Placement

Nail Art Tutorial: Fish Inspired Glitter Placement

09.02.14

By James

These sparkly fish inspired nails will make you feel like a mermaid. Create a shimmering underwater look or change up the colors with some deeper hues for fall. Celine from @Celinedoesnails shares the steps to achieve the design. 

  • Products and Tools

    • Loose glitter (I used the teal glitter from this set from Born Pretty)
    • Polish that generally matches your loose glitter (I used Island Girl Surfer Babe)
    • A toothpick
    • Scissors
    • Top coat (I used two different ones, which I'll explain later in the tutorial)

    SLIDE 1 OF 5
  • Step One

    Paint your nails with the polish that matches your glitter. Shown here is three thin coats of Surfer Babe.

    SLIDE 2 OF 5
  • Step Two

    This is where the glitter placement begins! While the polish is still wet, start placing the glitter. 

    It's best to start the placement with only WHOLE pieces. Fit as many as you can on the nail. Make sure to look at the angles to see where each piece fits.

    To get the most accurate control of the glitter, use a toothpick to pick up each individual piece of glitter. If your polish starts to dry, use the top coat to keep it sticky for the glitter to stay. I've found that painting just a line of top coat at a time is best, not the entire nail. You can also use the top coat to make the pieces of glitter stick to the toothpick. 

    I used the "cheaper" top coat for these two tasks because it dries slower, allowing me to have time to actually place glitter.

     

     

     

    SLIDE 3 OF 5
  • Step Three

    It may seem hard to do, but glitter placement is actually pretty simple. To complete the look, cut pieces of glitter! Most of them are about in halves, but check your angles to make sure everything fits correctly.

    STEP FOUR

    This is where I use my trusty Seche Vite because it's thick and I know it'll make the glitter stay. If you glitter is really finicky, don't be scared to use two coats of top coat.

     

    [Images courtesy of @Celinedoesnails]

     

    SLIDE 4 OF 4
  • Products and Tools

    • Loose glitter (I used the teal glitter from this set from Born Pretty)
    • Polish that generally matches your loose glitter (I used Island Girl Surfer Babe)
    • A toothpick
    • Scissors
    • Top coat (I used two different ones, which I'll explain later in the tutorial)

  • Step One

    Paint your nails with the polish that matches your glitter. Shown here is three thin coats of Surfer Babe.

  • Step Two

    This is where the glitter placement begins! While the polish is still wet, start placing the glitter. 

    It's best to start the placement with only WHOLE pieces. Fit as many as you can on the nail. Make sure to look at the angles to see where each piece fits.

    To get the most accurate control of the glitter, use a toothpick to pick up each individual piece of glitter. If your polish starts to dry, use the top coat to keep it sticky for the glitter to stay. I've found that painting just a line of top coat at a time is best, not the entire nail. You can also use the top coat to make the pieces of glitter stick to the toothpick. 

    I used the "cheaper" top coat for these two tasks because it dries slower, allowing me to have time to actually place glitter.

     

     

     

  • Step Three

    It may seem hard to do, but glitter placement is actually pretty simple. To complete the look, cut pieces of glitter! Most of them are about in halves, but check your angles to make sure everything fits correctly.

    STEP FOUR

    This is where I use my trusty Seche Vite because it's thick and I know it'll make the glitter stay. If you glitter is really finicky, don't be scared to use two coats of top coat.

     

    [Images courtesy of @Celinedoesnails]

     

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