Purple Mermaid

Updated: Aug 4, 2019


These scale vinyls are some of my favorite to use! They always look so good when they come out but can be a little tough to work with, especially if you have rounded nails like me. I love the simple accent of the scales but they also look amazing with a full manicure. Also, can we talk about this color by Floss Gloss?! I am absolutely loving this perfect lavender! It has an amazing balance of purple and pink undertones and its still the perfect pale color. Bonus points for it being an (almost) one coater.

Continue reading to see how I made this design!


For this design, I used Born Pretty Mirror Powder #4, What's Up Nails Scales Stencil, a makeup sponge, and the following polish

Dark Purple: Floss Gloss "LEAN"

Light Purple: Floss Gloss "LAVISH"

And of course my current favorite quick dry top coat “Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer.

How To:

First, I stated off with the base darker purple color on all nails. I did two layers of Floss Gloss "LEAN". Next I prepped to apply the mirror powder. Since I need to use a gel top coat to correctly apply the powder, I allowed the "LEAN" to completely dry (30+ minutes depending the thickness of layers and number of coats). I applied one layer of gel top coat and cured for 30 seconds under an LED light. Using a eyeshadow applicator to apply the powder. When applying, you have to make sure that you quickly apply it and gently rub the powder on the nail. If you press too hard, the sticky residue that is left on the gel top coat can come off on the applicator and the powder will lift. I applied another layer of gel top coat and cured for 30 seconds.

Next, I put the nail vinyls on my three nails. I have to cut the some of the edges in so that the vinyl completely covers the nails and does not lift. I used the makeup sponge and Floss Gloss "LAVISH" to dab a light layer of the polish on the nails. After two layers of "LAVISH" dabbed on the nails, I painted one layer one the nails. I quickly removed the nail vinyls before the polish was able to dry. Lastly, I applied a layer of quick dry top coat on all nails.


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