I am the first to admit that I am terrible at doing nails. It may stem from the fact that I have the most terribly brittle nails that won’t grow very long to begin with, but also from the fact that I have the shakiest hands or a serious lack of hand-to-paper creativity (I’m only creative with hands to computer mouse, haha). So, the moral of the story is, when Chelsea does nail art, Chelsea does EASY nail art.
Sally Beauty was the very first of many beauty heavens I would eventually discover (all of which strongly contribute to this addiction to beauty products I have, haha). A store was opened in a nearby city that I shopped at often when I was in my early teens, and as soon as I saw “beauty” in the name, I had to check it out.
There are aisles and aisles of hair care, nail and beauty products, and it’s always the extensive polish section that sucks me in. They carry everything from OPI to ORLY to FingerPaints to China Glaze, so if you’re on the hunt for a specific color, you’re definitely going to find it.
Last night, I popped into Sally Beauty. I was on the hunt for the makings of mermaid inspired nail art, but as I mentioned before, I suck at nail art so it HAD to be easy. What better way to make your nails look fancy than a polish that is already fancy itself?
I went for FingerPaints Daubigny’s Garden immediately, because it’s multicolor glitters screamed mermaid to me. I also grabbed OPI This Color’s Making Waves for an accent nail, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise for the base color on the rest of the nails, and I used ORLY Luxe (I’m not sure if this is still available, I bought it yeeears ago) for the scales on one nail.
Here’s how I created this easy mermaid inspired nail art:
- Paint pinky, index finger and thumb with two coats of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise
- Paint middle finger and ring finger with two coats of OPI This Color’s Making Waves
- When everything has dried, go back on top of the ring finger with two coats of FingerPaint Daubigny’s Garden. Do your best to spread out the glitter as evenly as possible
- Drop a glob of Daubigny’s Garden right near the cuticle on your thumb, and then carefully drag the polish upwards to lightly disperse it. You want to thin out the glitter as much as possible going towards the top of your nail
- For the gold scales, pour a little bit of ORLY Luxe onto a piece of paper so it’s easier to pick up, get a small nail brush (or paint brush, or even a pointed eyeliner brush) and just freehand the scales. Yes, freehanding is scary, but they honestly can’t look any worse than mine, haha
That’s it! So easy, and I feel like my nails look pretty damn good considering my lack of nail skills!