Fascinated with fish and other marine animals? Check out this mermaid reverse nail stamping for your next manicure!
The sea has always been fascinating to study and explore. Unfortunately, we can’t all be divers and marine scientists. Show your love for all things with colorful fins and scales with this gorgeous nail design!
Easy Mermaid Reverse Nail Stamping Tutorial Even Beginners Can Do
While I previously shared a mermaid nail design tutorial in a previous post, this nail art design takes things a step further by using a stamping pad.
I’m sure by now you can tell how much I am fond of mermaids! I love the beach and everything that reminds me of its calmness, just like this tutorial I’m going to share to you.
What you’ll need for this mermaid reverse nail stamping tutorial:
- Base coat
- Fast drying top coat
- Catrice Team Blue
- Nicole by OPI
- Revlon, Blue Lagoon
- Sally Hansen, Babe Blue
- Jordana, Crystal Glitters
Step 1: Protect Your Natural Nails
Whenever you change your nail design, make sure to always apply a base coat to your natural nail bed. This will help protect your nails from the constant application of nail polishes.
Step 2: Reverse Stamping
To make the mermaid reverse nail stamping design, choose the mermaid scales on your stencil. Apply Catrice’s Team Blue on the stencil, scrape off the excess polish and press your stamper on it while it’s still wet.
Afterwards, you can simply wipe the polish on the stencil off with nail polish remover using a Q-tip or some cotton.
Step 3: Color The Scales
On the stamper, fill out the empty spaces of the scales with Nicole by OPI, Babe Blue by Sally Hansen, and Blue Lagoon by Revlon. If you don’t have these products on hand then you can use dupes for these shades. Or you can choose the colors you feel suits your personality best.
Step 4: Apply Fast Drying Top Coat
After filling in the spaces with the three nail polish colors, apply a fast drying top coat on the stamp. This will help seal in the design and make it easier for you to stick it on your nails later.
Meanwhile, paint your nails with the color you used as base for your stamper.
Step 5: Stick Design On Nail
When the fast drying top coat completely dries up, peel off the design from the stamper. This should look like a nail decal.
Cut off the edges to fit the curve of your cuticle. When the decal is shaped properly, apply a top coat on your nails. Pat on the design, making sure that everything is sticking on your nail properly. Using an acrylic brush dipped in nail polish remover, clean up the edges of your nails, as well as the excess edges of your DIY decal.
Add a layer of glittered clear polish before applying your fast drying top coat and you’ve got yourself an amazing aquarium nail art design!
Check out the full tutorial from Cute Polish below!
Reverse nail stamping too complicated for you? Here’s the classic way of getting some gorgeous mermaid’s tale nails!