So, for this manicure you will need the following:
- White polish (base colour)
- At least five different polishes for your fishscale, I've chosen Too Yacht To Handle, Heli-Yum, That's Shore Bright, Flip Flop Fantasy and Towel Toy Boy. You could pick all different shades of the same colour, this works nicely too, but I've decided to go for contrast.
- Dotting tools
- Scrap paper
- Cotton wool
- Nail polish remover
- Top coat
Once your base colour is dry, gather together the polishes you are going to use for your manicure. I'd line them up, with the lids unscrewed, and have your dotting tool and piece of scrap paper ready. Also, soak a cotton pad in nail polish remover and have that to hand; as you are going to be changing colours quite frequently, it will make it easier to clean your dotting tool on the go. Place a dot of your first colour at the base of your nail, and then add your second colour slightly overlapping the first colour.
Continue this pattern along the base of your nail.
Then keep going, it's as straight forward as that. Just keep going along in rows across your nails. You don't need to stick to a pattern or colour order, just try and make sure that you don't put two dots of the same colour completely next to each other.
Once you get into the swing of it, it's fairly quick to do.
You'll see the pattern starting to take hold. Just make sure you don't leave any gaps and keep going until you've covered every nail.
Once you've covered every nail, let your nails dry! You want them to be completely dry before you top coat, so that the dots/design doesn't drag and get ruined.
Then, add your top coat, and you're done!
There you go! Fishscale nails, done.
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*The polishes used in this post were provided to me by Salons Direct