DANGER! Shark Infested Waters. . .


It’s the middle of Shark Week, and it’s the only thing I’ve been pretty much watching.  So, of course, I have to do sharp inspired nails.  I have to say these turned out pretty darn awesome.  They took some time to achieve, but after you do your first couple of sharks, you get the hang of it.

Items Used:

  • Base Coat
  • Fast Dry Top Coat
  • Blue, Black & White Acrylic Paint
  • Nail Art Brush
  • Make-up Sponge
  • Toothpick

Polishes Used:

Step 1: After applying base coat, put one coat of your medium color blue on your nails.


Step 2: Prep your nails for gradient, then, on the sponge, apply your three polishes from light to dark.  When you dab your polishes on, make sure the light blue is near your cuticle and the darkest on the tip of your nail.  The gradient doesn’t have to be perfect, as it’ll give the underwater effect.


Step 3: Apply your quick dry top coat and let your nails dry.  This step is going to help when you are painting your sharks.

Step 4:  Mix your blue, black and white acrylic paint until you make a dark blue color.  Add some water to it to make is more pliable.

Step 5: After your top coat is dry, using your nail art brush and paint, paint the body of a shark anywhere on your nail.  In this case, I did a Hammer Head first. (It’s my favorite shark.)  If you mess up during anytime you’re painting, use a tooth pick to scratch away the mistakes.  Acrylic paint dries fast and is great for doing tough details on your nails as you can scratch away any mistake.  The quick dry top coat saves you time, and it helps protect your base polish from the toothpick.


Step 6: Then, paint the head of the shark on the end of the body you painted.


Step 7: Now paint on the fins and the tail.  And, you have a hammer head silhouette.


Step 8: For a more normal looking shark, start with the body.


Step 9: Round off one end of the body to make a head and then add the fins and the tail.


Step 10: Then, do these silhouettes in different sizes and positions all over your nails.


Step 11: Apply your top coat and you’re all done.  (My index finger is different in the final photo, because I tried to do something else to my nail and it just didn’t work out … oops… so I re-did it.)  Happy swimming 🙂



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