Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mermaid manicure - Just call me Ariel

Recently on Pinterest, I came across the cutest little manicure that I immediately fell in love with and knew I could do because it was all about dots and we know I'm good with dots.  A quick google search brought me to the blog Little Nails and sure wasn't there a step by step tutorial for me to follow.  Only grand.  So here's my take on the Mermaid Nail tutorial!  If you have 40 minutes or so to spare, have at it.  It's fiddley but the result is really cute.

Supplies first.  I gathered a few blue and green polishes from the stash and lined them up as so on a piece of paper.  I picked the two biggest dotting tools that I bought a while back and had a paper towel to wipe the dotting tool during the process.


I decided to try it on one nail first and see how I got on, so if it turned out rubbish, I wouldn't have wasted lots o' time.  I put a coat of Mermaid to Order from Sephora by OPI on my middle finger.  I don't know why I started with the middle finger now that I think of it.


After Mermaid to Order was dry, I unscrewed the lids to the rest of the polishes and left them sitting loose in the bottle, ready for easy access.  I placed a little blob of each of the polishes on the white paper and got dotting.  Starting at the tip of the nail, I dotted random blobs of the different polishes in a line.  I worked down towards the base of the nail, trying to overlap each layer a bit to make the scales.  I tried not to have too many blobs of the same colour too close to each other.


Of course, once the first finger was done, I was delighted with the result and forgot to paint the rest of my nails with Mermaid to Order.  Ah well.  For the rest of the fingers, I worked on them all at the same time, doing a line of blobs on each finger and then moving down a layer.


And here are the results!  I have mermaid nails!  Just call me Ariel.  They kind of look like nail stickers don't they?  It took about 40 minutes and to be honest I kind of hurried up doing my other hand because the Eurovision was on and I couldn't handle the screeching...


Do we like the mermaid nails? (please say yes even if you don't because it took ages compared to regular painting of the nails, ok thanks!)
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  1. Super super cute, I really need to invest in a tools kit on ebay!

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    1. Do Sarah, cheap as chips and makes it look like you know what you're doing... kinda ;P

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  2. "flounder"-ing around for a good fishy compliment... It looks beautiful!

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  3. Like? I love! It's absolutely stunning Karen! xo

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  4. Love this Karen! Adore the colours x

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  5. Lol love it Karen!! You have some patience for that craic!! Looks fab though :)

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    1. You should've seen me doing my right hand Lauren, I had to keep holding my breath so as not to mess it up ;P

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  6. That looks soooo cool!

    Great idea!! May i ask where do you get your tools?!

    Anywhere in Dublin?

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  7. No I hate them...... Just kidding! They're really cute and simple.

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