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First off, apply a base coat. I used Sally Hansen’s “Double Duty Base and Top Coat”.

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For this design we are going to be doing a sponge gradient, so I applied a white base color to make the colors that I sponge on pop. I used Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”.

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Next, apply the four colors onto a makeup sponge. I used Jenna Hipp’s “Marshmallow Fondant”, “Pink Lady Finger”, “Tres Parfait”, and “Thin Mint”.

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Then sponge the colors onto your nails, simply by pressing the sponge down onto the nail and bringing it back up. Do this method quickly, so that the nail polish on the sponge doesn’t dry, and don’t sponge on too much. I did this process twice on each nail.

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Next I applied a clear shimmery polish over all the nails, to blend the color and help give it that scale look. I used a Sally Hansen mini that I unfortunately do not have the name for.

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Now it is time to paint the scales. I used Apple Barrel’s “White” acrylic paint. To make the scales I used a detail brush and created c shapes.

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Next, apply a top coat. I used Sally Hansen’s “Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat”.

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After applying a top coat clean up around your nails using a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and your mermaid scale nails are finished!

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