Thank you for
submitting a question

Nail Art Tutorial: Mermaid Scales

Nail Art Tutorial: Mermaid Scales


By semick

The weather is warming up fast, meaning that soon it’ll be time to hit the beach. What better way of celebrating a day at the beach than by embracing your inner mermaid. Using a dark shimmering gradient, and a scale-shaped stencil, nail artist Amy Tran (@amyytran) created this marine look. She shows us here how to obtain this fanciful mermaid pattern before you hit the beach.

What you’ll need:

  1. Start with a white base coat and let it dry. This will ensure that the other colors really pop.
  2. Paint on Liquid Palisade from Kiesque, around your cuticles.
  3. Place your Mermaid Vinyl over the base once it’s entirely dry.
  4. Apply your colors onto a latex free makeup sponge, creating your gradient on the sponge.
  5. Dab sponge onto the nail. Use a side-to-side or an up-and-down motion to blend your colors.
  6. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you reached your desired opacity.
  7. Remove vinyl immediately and remove Liquid Palisade.
  8. Apply top coat and you’re done!


Images and video: Amy Tran