Sunday 30 March 2014

Mermaid Nail Art Tutorial

Im back with another nail art tutorial and today I created this mermaid nail art look. I always sit down on a sunday afternoon and do my nails and today I wanted to create something glittery and mystical, so this was the final creation! As always I have put together a step-by-step pictorial for you, just in case you wondered how I achieved this final look/ want to recreate it yourself!

What will you need?

To create this look you will need nail varnishes in dark green, blue and purple as well as a fine glitter varnish and a black. You will also need a top coat, a sponge and a very small dotting tool.
Just in case you were wondering, the nail varnish shades I used are Collection 'Show Off' & 'Bongo Beat'; Barry M 'Vivid Purple'; Illamasqua 'Boosh'; Rimmel 'Glitter Top Coat' and Seche Vite 'Dry Fast Top Coat'.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Paint all nails in a dark green shade.

Step 2: Taking your blue nail varnish on a sponge, create an ombre effect 2/3 of the way down your nail.

Step 3: Again using the sponge, this time with a purple nail varnish, create another ombre effect 1/3 of the way down the nail.

Step 4: Using the glitter nail varnish apply this over each nail. I applied slightly more near the tip of the nail.

Step 5: Take the black nail varnish onto a dotting tool and create the scales over each nail.

Step 6: Finally once all your nails are dry, go in with the top coat over each nail. 

And there you have your mermaid inspired/ fish scale nails. 

I hope you like this nail art look! Let me know in the comments below what you think, I love reading all your comments! 

Happy Nail-Arting! Samantha xx


  1. I LOVE this tutorial! Such a beautiful pattern! Lovely post :)

  2. Wow! Your nails are so pretty! I wish I had the patience to do a nail design like this. Danielle xx

  3. Oh wow this is a really beautiful look! I'll definitely be giving this a try soon x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty