How to create a magical mermaid-inspired nail look

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Step by Step

Create a majestic ombré with a finish fit for a mermaid with Freya Murphy, brand ambassador for The Manicure Company, using Zero Gel Polish.

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Step 1
Prep the nails and apply a thin layer of Zero Gel Polish Base Coat. Cure for 60 seconds in TMC’s Dual Pro UV/LED Lamp, before applying three chosen shades in thick horizontal stripes onto the nail. From the cuticle area to the free edge, I used Zero Gel Polish shades in Azure, Hummingbird and WIFI. Do not cure.
Step 2
Using the TMC Stripe Liner Nail Art Brush, blend the shade nearest the cuticle into the middle shade using upwards brushing motions.
Step 3
Continue blending the shades in an upward brush stroke motion to create an ombré effect. Once you are happy with the blend, cure for 60 seconds.
Step 4
Apply Zero Gel Polish shade, Parisian Pink, onto the nail but do not cure. This semi-sheer pink shade is ideal for this design finish and French manicures.
Step 5
Using the Zero Gel Polish Base Coat and a dotting tool, place different sized dots in random areas over the uncured Parisian Pink shade. Once you are happy with the placement and design, cure for 60 seconds.
Step 6
Apply Zero Gel Polish Top Coat to the nail and cure for 60 seconds.
Step 7
Wipe the inhibition layer from the nails with a cotton pad and TMC Pro Prep & Wipe solution. Apply TMC’s Bio Cuticle Oil to finish.