- White polish (base colour)
- Polishes for your fishscale. For this I've started with about five yellow/orange shades, five red/darker orange shades and a five darker red/purple shades
- 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 (in colour order lightest to darkest), 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, using your first five light shades.
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 are about a third of the way down the nail, introduce a new colour from your second set of colours, and remove the lightest colour from your first set, and carry on.
Keep going a row or so down, and then remove another colour and add a new darker colour in.
Keep going until you have removed all of your first five polishes from the mix.
Then repeat this process and start adding in colours from your third collection of colours, and removing the lightest colour from your second collection each time. Basically you only ever want to have five polishes on rotation at any one time.
Continue going until you have reached the tips of your nails.
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!
I've gone for yellow to purple combination but I think you could use any colour combination you like, as long as you start with the lightest and merge down into a dark colour.
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