Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Mermaid Scales (Glitter Gradient Halfmoon)

Hi everyone! One of my big exams is today, so the stress is really starting to kick in. It's also from 7-10 PM, so I'll probably be fighting sleep while writing it. I only have one more week until it's all over though, so that's doing a pretty good job at keeping me motivated! I know a lot of other students must be in the same boat, so I hope that you're coping with the stress alright and good luck to you :)

I said last week that I would like to do a tutorial for glitter gradient halfmoons, so here it is! I've grown really fond of this look and it's quickly become one of my go-to styles. I love it as a full manicure or as an accent nail, or in a skittle. It's a really versatile look, and always very pretty :)

I used a beautiful blue-green glitter this time around and paired it with a mermaid scale accent. I've never done a placement glitter look like this but I'm very pleased with the results. The scales weren't as difficult as I expected, and didn't take too long either. Overall, I'm really happy with how these nails turned out!

I started with American Apparel Dance for the halfmoon nails and China Glaze For Audrey for the rest. I applied loose hex glitter with a dotting tool to make the scales. The glitter that I used for the gradient is Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.

  1. Start with a base coat and any base colour that you want. Let that dry. Use a striping brush to paint the outline of your halfmoon. You can perfect the line later with the glitter, so you don't have to be too neat.
  2. Paint the rest of your nail with the outline colour.
  3. While the polish is still wet, start applying loose hex glitter one by one on the perimeter of the halfmoon. I use a dotting tool dipped in water to pick up my glitter, but you can also use a toothpick. If you don't have loose glitter, you can fish out pieces from any glitter polish.
  4. Apply one more layer of glitter around the perimeter.
  5. Use a finer glitter polish that matches your hex glitter to create the gradient. Use a makeup sponge to apply polish near the glitter layers and fade it outward.
  6. Apply more pieces of the hex glitter along the gradient.
  7. Seal with top coat, and you're done!

Hope you liked this week's tutorial! Enjoy the rest of your work week!