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Mermaids are magical!
Today we'll do some cute mermaid nail art. It looks really complicated but as long as you have a thin brush you should be fine!

Posted by VioletLeBeaux from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See VioletLeBeaux's 7 projects »
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  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    The key to this look is a really nice base coat of a reflective blue/green shade. This one is really old so I don’t know if it’s still available but anything that looks a bit sea-ish will work.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Anyway, let’s get to it. Start with a clear base coat.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next, do a coat of the green and allow it to dry. Mix some white acrylic paint with a drop of water so it’s a good thin consistency.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Paint a small U shape at the cuticle on one side.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue painting U shapes along the cuticle.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start another row of U shapes above the first, this time alternate them so each one begins at the high point of the one under it.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 7
    Step 7

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  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue making scales in rows like this until you run out of nail to do it on.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 9
    Step 9

    Wait for it to dry then top coat!

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 10
    Step 10

    It doesn’t matter if your lines aren’t this thin or if you can only fit a few scales on each finger, so long as you get the general idea, no one will notice from a distance!

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Mermaid Nail Art - Step 11
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