This unique gradient mermaid manicure is an easy way to make a fashion statement. You will need several nail polishes: sky blue nail polish, glittery green polish, Atlantic blue nail polish, a base coat, and a nice tick top coat. You’ll also need a few supplies: a makeup sponge and a net or mesh fabric.
Step 1: Apply your base coat to all of your nails and let it dry for a few minutes. It will protect your nails from cracking and help your manicure last longer. Then, add two to three coats of the light blue nail polish and let the layers dry completely before proceeding.
Step 2: Grab your net or mesh fabric and cut it in small pieces.
Step 3: Apply the mesh fabric on top of an already polished dry nail.
Step 4: Grab your sponge and paint the gradient colours in straight, horizontal lines. Start by paining a blue line across the width of the sponge, and then paint a green line just above the blue one. Make sure that the two colours are painted right next to each other.
Step 5: Carefully stamp the painted sponge onto your nails and on top of the mesh fabric. Roll the sponge several times to darken the polish colours and increase the gradient effect. Once you are satisfied with the final result, gently remove the sponge and the mesh from your nail. If you have messed up somewhere, clean up the skin around your nails with a Q-Tip dipped in nail polish remover.
Step 6: Following the same technique as explained in steps 2-5, continue painting the other nails.
Step 7: Apply a clear nail polish to prevent the mermaid effect from smudging. You can stop here if you like your nail art the way it is — continue on if you’d like to add more decoration. For example, you can add some shiny crystals to some of your nails to make your whole nail art design more attractive.
Step 8: Finally, apply a topcoat of clear polish to all of your nails. For best results, add a topcoat onto your nails daily to protect your manicure from chipping and cracking.