Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fish Scales Nails

Joyeux les Week-End!!

As you can see, today's post is featuring my nail art of the week and this time it's a bit fishy. I wanted to do something with animal prints, but since most animal skins have been played out by everyone, I decided to go with fish scales. I haven't seen a lot of fishy nail art, so I thought I'd give it a go. It's kinda weird and abstract up close, but from far away it simply looks like a textured purple mani. Anyway, here it is: purple-y, scaly, sequin, festive, abstract, ombre, mermaid-ish, strange and exciting nail art of the week!!!
Read more to learn how I did it :))

Creating nail art has become a sort of hobby of mine. Painting at a small scale takes precision, concentration, and patience; hence it feels so rewarding once the "masterpiece" is finished! I'm not sure why I'm so captivated by this process, but whatever it is, it takes me away from my daily nonsense and allows me to dream and fade away. Must be the endorphins... 

For today's nails, I used the following nail polishes and applied them one color at a time on all ten fingers using dots to create the rows of scales. I layered each following row of dots "scales" over the previous row on all ten fingers and continued in the same fashion until I reached the end or the root of my nail. I went for a gradient effect and kept the darkest colors at the tip of the nail and the lightest colors at the root to make my fingers look longer. For dark skinned girls, the opposite is true: darkest color at the root and lightest color at the tip.
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Plum Attraction
  • Soo Nails Nail Lacquer in Jungle Fever
  • Soo Nails Nail Lacquer in #s122
  • Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Dream On
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Rockstar Pink
  • Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Verbena
  • Soo Nails Nail Lacquer in #s125
  • Duri Rejuvacote Nail Growth System used as a base and top coat (as always)
  • Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Charge It
  • Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Gold

    The Result
     In different lighting, the scales / sequins are less obvious
    What do you think? To Nail Art or Not to Nail Art? ;)


    Maryam Maquillage


    Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


    1. Very pretty! I don't think I would have had the patience for that :)

    2. amazing .. it has a touch of Christmas:)

    3. you are a nail art goddess! they look fantastic, & unlike anyone else's nails i've ever seen. perfect for holiday parties or bringing the party with you wherever you go. :)

    4. this is super gorgeous!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    5. This is so cute!! you're so talented Maryam :) xx

    6. really cute! the colors go so well together!:) x

    7. Love the colours you have used, very pretty.

      Holli x

    8. very festive it reminds me of all things christmas'y lol hope you have a wonderful xmas!! u beaut! :)

    9. Oh now I get how you did it, that is soo smart, might have to try that some time..

      And thanks for the lovely comment!! Take Care xx

    10. These are sooooo cool! Never seen nail art like this before, very original :) xx

    11. This is so beautiful! I have no patience for nail art.

    12. I would say that its Missoni inspired
      ;) good job

    13. it's starting to feel like xmas!!<3 IT.

    14. how cute and creative! i love your nail art. this one reminds me of the children's book "rainbow fish"...loved that book haha. i had no idea the scales were "dots" and great gradient tip!

    15. I'd say that this is perfect for Xmas!! So merry and colourful! :) Gorgeous! You did a great job!

    16. Pretty pattern, but my fave is the glitter!!

    17. thanks everyone!!! smoooochezzz oxxoxxxooxxxoxox

    18. Woah! These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors :)

    19. Золотая рыбка!


    20. This look absolutley incredible! I think I might be able to manage my left hand (as I'm right handed) but I dont know I could be so detailed with my right! You are one very talented and creative girl!!

      Anna xo

    21. These are so cute! I love the scales and the awesome color combinations! :D

    22. pretty nail scales! i like!!^_^ very festive!

    23. Love dressing up my nails! This is such a groovy idea!

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    24. Very inspirational colors! Never ever seen so much art and color on nails before.

    25. OMG look at how many different nail polishes you used!!!!!! How do you do this using your non-dominant hand? I tried to do some nail art recently and it came out a bit "special" on my left hand and then I couldn't do it at all on my right hand!

    26. very pretty indeed you are creative <3


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