The Digit-al Dozen DOES Gradient +, Day 5: Mermaid Scales! (40 Great Nail Art Ideas Pink & Lilac)

In 40 Great Nail Art Ideas, Digit-al Dozen, Digit-al Dozen, Elevation Polish, NYC, OPI by Jacki4 Comments

Good morning, readers! Today’s post is a two-in-one. I’ve been able to combine the final day of Gradient + Week  with The Digit-al Dozen AND this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Pink & Lilac nail art prompt. I’ve come up with a pink and lilac gradient mermaid scale pattern. To add some sparkle to the plain creme gradient (this IS a mermaid, after all), a coat of Elevation Polish Aguja St. Exupery was used. I free handed the mermaid scale pattern, you can see a step by step in my old Mermaid Scale Tutorial.
Pink and Lilac Gradient Mermaid Scale Nail Art 1

  • I began by painting a coat of Liquid Palisade around my nails to help with cleanup from the gradient.
  • Once that was dry, I painted thick stripes next to eachother on a makeup sponge with OPI Rumples Wiggin’ and OPI Suzi Has a Swede Tooth.
  • I dabbed the wet sponge onto the nails and repeated the process until the colors were opaque enough and blended onto the nail.
  • I then painted a coat of Elevation Polish Aguja St. Exupery over the gradient.
  • I used tweezers to remove the Liquid Palisade and excess polish. A cleanup brush and acetone were used to wipe away anything the LP missed.
  • I then followed my Mermaid Scale tutorial linked above to paint on the mermaid scales with a nail art brush and OPI Silver Canvas.
  • NYC Grand Central Station quick drying top coat was used to seal in the design and add shine.

Pink and Lilac Gradient Mermaid Scale Nail Art 2-001

What do you think? Have you ever painted free hand mermaid scales? I would love a simple mermaid scale stamp to help cut down on the time it takes for these manis, must be on the lookout!

Check out what the other Digit-al Dozen ladies painted for their final Gradient + Week mani below:

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Also, the other Crumpet’s Nail Tarts ladies are below with their Pink & Lilac manis:

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  1. Nati

    Gorgeous! I did a similar design since I had the same prompt. I used vinyl stencils! much easier for me than freehand 🙂

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