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How to create mottled mermaid scales when you’re out of make up sponge… I ended up blobbing polishes onto a piece of paper and using my stamper to pick the colours up and apply them to my nails. I used a few different polishes including: Barrym Cyan Blue, Rimmel Pro Peppermint, Nails Inc Camden Lock and George Vivid Purple. Some of these are more opaque than others so I applied over a base of OPI I Vant To Be A Lonestar (which is opaque in 2-3 coats).
To even up the look at add even more sparkle I used my Collection Topcoat Sparkle Enchancer which as my friend once described ‘makes your nails look like they have fireworks on them’ – it is super glittery (although like dense holo topcoats it can lighten polishes if applied too thickly so I recommend one thin coat). Using my MoYou Sailor 04 plate I stamped on these fishy scales in Barrym Blackberry.
I added a coat of Colour Club Topcoat which sadly has gone a little bit gloopy as I have gotten to the bottom of my bottle. It is a pretty good topcoat for stamping and only caused minor smudges to my design (it usually doesn’t cause any smudging but I was a little over hasty with this manicure). So what do you think? Does this look mermaidy to you? I love these negative space designs – especially because you can have a mixed background underneath.