Under The Sea | Nail Art

Want to know how to create this mermaid nail look? Follow our 10 step guide below!

 

The products we used to create this look:

Nail varnish and nail art tools

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
3. Under The Sea – Barry M – Butterflyfish
4. Time To Shine – Make Up Gallery – Pink Soda
5. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – Ice
6. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Loosey Goosey Dancin
7.7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – Lemon Meringue
8.7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – Heather Mist
9. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Peachella
10. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Danny Boy, Blue!
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60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Bestival Blue
12.
 Nail Varnish – Olivia Hale – Coral
13.
60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Black
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Glitter Nail Polish – PS… – Sequin Dream
15.
Pointed Drawing Brush (Small)
16.
Dotting Tool
17. Dotting Tool

 

Now lets show you how we created this under the sea nail art!

Under the sea nail art, party nails, base coat nail varnish

STEP 1

First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail varnish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail varnish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and to shape them to how you want, using with your file. Also, if you want make your nails appear longer – you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail varnish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails

STEP 2

Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to paint our nails with the nail varnish in the colour White Out (2) to begin with.  We only applied 1 coat of the nail varnish as this is just going to help the blue nail varnish stand out more on our nails.

We recommend you apply a thin coat rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry.

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 3

Once the white nail varnish is dry, it’s time to paint over them with the nail varnish in the colour Butterfly Fish (3).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 4

Now it’s time to start creating this under the sea nail art! Firstly, we painted some sand at the bottom of the nail using the nail varnish in the colour Pink Soda (4).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 5

Next we painted on some seaweed using a dotting tool (16) with the nail varnish in the colour Ice (5).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 6

We painted on another piece of seaweed next to the other one, in a slightly darker shade of green using a dotting tool (16) with the nail varnish in the colour Loosey Goosey Dancin (6).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 7

After you finish painting on the seaweed, it’s time to add some cute little fish to this under the sea nail look! We painted on 3 different colour fishes, using the dotting tool (16) with the nail varnish in the colours yellow (7), purple (8) and orange (9).

* Please note we did decide to take off the pink fish so that’s why it’s missing in the rest of the pictures!

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 8

Now it’s time to add a whale at the top of the nail to add a bit extra to this under the sea nail look! To do this, we mixed together the nail varnish in the colour Danny Boy, Blue! (10) with the nail varnish in the colour Bestival Blue (11) to create the lovely shade you can see in the photo. We then painted it on the nail using the small drawing brush (15).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 9

After we finished painting on the whale, we decided to add a cute little crab on the seabed! To do this, we used the dotting tool (17) with the nail varnish in the colour Coral (12).

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

STEP 10

Now it’s time to add the final touches to this under the sea nail art! First, we need to finish creating the whale by adding some eyes and a mouth. To do this, we used the dotting tool (16) with the black (13) nail varnish.

And the final thing to do to finish creating this look is add the pretty glitter to all the nails! We used the nail varnish in the colour Sequin Dream (14) for this.

* To make it easier to apply the glitter nail varnish to the small areas on the ring finger nail, we used the small drawing brush (15).

 

And that’s how we created this under the sea nail look! It’s a gorgeous under the sea look for your nails!

 

Under the sea nail art, party nails, blue nails, fun nail art

 

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76 Comments

  • What Corinne Did 17th June 2018 at 8:34 pm

    This is such a cute nail art! Loving the details! so subtile! You are so good at it!

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    • Creative Nails 17th June 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! 🙂 Yeah we didn’t want to over-do it and add too much but think we got the right mix here with adding a few different things 😀

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  • Annie 17th June 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I love the little scene you’ve made! The detail is incredible! I’m obsessed with that shimmery blue colour as well. What a fun nail look!

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    • Creative Nails 17th June 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 The Barry M nail polish is gooorgeous. It looks so pretty on the nails! I love painting the white underneath first of all as it really makes it stand out 🙂

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  • Ruth 17th June 2018 at 8:55 pm

    These are so cute!

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  • Jodie 17th June 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Oh they’re so cute! I’ve always loved Barry M nail varnishes, I used to have a bit of a problem haha!

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂 The Barry M nail varnishes are so good! I hadn’t really used too many of them before I used these ones. I can see why you had a bit of a problem

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  • Sophie Wentworth 17th June 2018 at 11:44 pm

    The fact you actually have the skill to create a scene on your nails is insane. These are incredible (as always). You honestly blow me away every single time, you’re so good at this. x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! This was so lovely to read 😀 it’s all good fun, but it can take quite a bit of time and using these products that I have bought so it’s amazing to know people love the work I create! 🙂

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  • Laila 18th June 2018 at 11:19 am

    I LOVE these! I actually tried to re-create some funky nails this weekend following your inspiration and they were glittery a bit like these. I really want to add the little details of the fish and the sand, so will give it a go next time! x

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Oh really?! Wow, that’s amazing! Please share a photo – we’d love to see how we inspired you! Nail art is so much fun 🙂 thank you. Definitely please show us a picture if you do try this look out too!

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  • Jenny 18th June 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I need that Barry M nail polish! It’s SO pretty xxx

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:22 pm

      It’s such a gorgeous shade, isn’t it! It’s definitely a favourite of mine 😀

      Reply
  • Quirky Writes 18th June 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Such a cute design!

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  • Cora @ Tea Party Princess 18th June 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Ahh so cute! I love it.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  • Bexa 18th June 2018 at 5:05 pm

    This is super cute! Under The Sea by Barry M looks gorgeous! The shimmery blue shade is the perfect choice for mermaid nails. Love it, beautiful nails as always! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you! It’s such a gorgeous shade isn’t it?! Most definitely – all the shades of the Barry M nail varnish would be perfect for mermaid nails. I thought the blue would be great for an under the sea version 😀

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  • Kanra Khan 18th June 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Wow! Your nail art looks amazing and it’s so creative too! I wish I had the patience to sit down and do this! That under the sea bottle is really cute!

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! Haha, yeah – nail art definitely requires the patience to create the looks but it’s soo worth it when you see the pretty nails 😀 it is cute, and the nail varnish is a gorgeous shade! 🙂

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  • Lupe 18th June 2018 at 5:10 pm

    This is so cute! I’ve never really painted my nails, but I’d think about trying this out. you are really talented at nail art

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you! Oh really?! It’s so much fun! We’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out 🙂

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  • Kate 18th June 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Wow what effort and such amazing nails! So beautiful, I would love these for a party

    Kate xx
    http://Www.mummywho.com

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much! It would be a perfect look for a party, especially in the summer time 🙂

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  • Sinead 18th June 2018 at 5:28 pm

    This design is so cute! I’m not great at nail art but this would be a nice design to have on holiday! xo

    Sinead | http://www.subjectbeauty.com

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    • Creative Nails 18th June 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It looks super cute on the nails – it would be perfect look for a holiday!

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  • The Frozen Mind (Jen) 18th June 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Very creative! I love it!

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  • Seeking Sammy 18th June 2018 at 7:16 pm

    These are so pretty! I wish that I was artistic so I could do these myself. Great tutorial!

    Sammy – http://seekingsammy.com

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    • Creative Nails 22nd June 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s a lot of fun just playing around and seeing what you can do 😀

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  • Andrea 18th June 2018 at 7:44 pm

    This is such a cute nail look and would be perfect for going on holiday! I’m loving that pale blue shade at the moment xx

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much! This Barry M nail varnish is so pretty, it is gorgeous in the sunlight. I imagine this would look so pretty in the sun if you were on holiday by the pool or down the beach 🙂

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  • Lisa McLachlan 18th June 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Oh this is absolutely gorgeous! Flora would adore this look, I think she might even sit still long enough if she knew how it was going to turn out. I’m going to bookmark this for her end of term party, it will be perfect for my little wannabe marine biologist – thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creation! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Aww, thank you so much – so glad you like it. That is lovely to hear! Aww, it sounds like it’s the perfect style for her 😀 I’d love to know what she thinks of it if you do show her this look. Also, if you do paint this on her nails – we’d LOVE to see a picture! ❤️

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  • Ain 18th June 2018 at 9:29 pm

    So cuteee! This design is so perfect for summer, and I absolutely love the colour! *hearts eyes*

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you! 😀 It looked sooo pretty on the nails in the sun. I love the blue shade too – it’s gorgeous!

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  • Aaliyah 18th June 2018 at 10:50 pm

    This is such a cute design! Would look really great on holiday in the sun. Will have to give it a try! X

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you – it looked gorgeous in the sun with the glitter on it! Would love to see a picture if you do try this nail look 😀

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  • Crystal 19th June 2018 at 12:15 am

    Ooooh, that Butterfly Fish shade is amazingly close to a lipstick I own! I might have to find some to complete my “pastel pixie” look some day

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:41 pm

      It’s such an interesting shade – it’s gorgeous! It’s got a lovely effort to it. Ooo, I’m sure that nail varnish would be a perfect touch to your pastel pixie look! 🙂

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  • Jasmin 19th June 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, you’re so talented! And your tutorials are so in-depth. These turned out so nicely 🙂

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! I try to make it so they are easy to follow so anyone can give them a go if they would like to 🙂

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  • Jess 19th June 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I love that this is called ‘Under The Sea’ because it reminds me of The Little Mermaid! This one definitely took a lot of products, I applaud you for your patience but the finished look is definitely worth it! So cute!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Haha, yeah! It was definitely going through my mind when I was painting it on my nails haha. Yeah I decided to add different colours so it did require a few more, but it’s only using a tiny bit of them for most of it. Ooh, yes! When you see the pretty nails at the end, so worth it! 😀

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  • Nicola 19th June 2018 at 9:53 pm

    This is so cute, I love it! You’re so talented. I wish I could do my nail like this 🙂

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much! Just need to practice and have quite a lot of patience. It’s so much fun though doing all the nail art 🙂

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  • Roxie Watt 19th June 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Aw this is adorable! the whole look is giving me serious Little Mermaid vibes!

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Haha, yes! It definitely was when I was painting this look on my nails. Thank you 🙂

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  • Alice 22nd June 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Your designs for sure just keep getting cuter and cuter. That teeny little whale, my gosh!! SO ADORABLE. And the tiny little crab. You guys are (excuse the pun) nailing these Summery designs. Love them so much!
    Alice Xx

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much! The whale is SO cute, right?! I thought I have to paint a little whale in it, will be amazing! 😀 Hahaha – great pun – love it 🙂

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  • Sophie 22nd June 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Oh wow, these are so pretty!

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  • melissa major 22nd June 2018 at 9:11 pm

    These are just too adorable! I love the sparkle and the design! So talented

    Melissa |

    Moonlight Mel

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much! I loved adding the glitter, it really added that bit extra and it looked so pretty with it sparkling in the light 🙂

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  • Imogen Chloe 22nd June 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Absolutely love this design, will have to recreate as it reminds me of living at home by the sea! X

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:49 pm

      So glad you love this design – it was so much fun painting it on my nails! Oh yeah, can definitely see what you mean. I live near the sea too – it’s definitely one of the best places to live near, if you can!

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  • Kelsey Marie 22nd June 2018 at 9:45 pm

    In love with the final product! That blue is perfect for summer! Great post! x

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you! Yeah – the blue is sooo pretty 🙂

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  • Nicola Lawson 22nd June 2018 at 9:54 pm

    These look great. I wish I was talented enough to do stuff like it.

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you – just need to practice and be patient! Start with some easier designs and can work your way up 😀

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  • Rebekah Gillian 22nd June 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Wow these look awesome! I’d never be able to recreate this on my own nails, but I’m so tempted to buy see-through fake nails so I can try this look for myself somehow. I don’t think I’d have the hands for it, though. It looks amazing! It reminds me of Ariel, who is my favourite disney princess!

    Rebekah | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk/

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! It looks so pretty on the nails. We are actually planning on trying to sell our designs on false nails in the future so maybe we can help you out there! 🙂 Aww, yes – I can see what you mean. Ariel is definitely one of my favourite disney princesses too – I remember watching the film so much when I was younger! ❤️

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  • Nancy 23rd June 2018 at 4:16 am

    GIRL! This nail art looks ON POINT with the glow and cute whale! The crab on the bottom right is so cute as well. I really need to get back into coloring my nails because you make it look exciting XD! Thanks for sharing ♥♥♥

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment! I loved painting the whale, haha, it was something I thought I have to add to this look! The crab also added a cute final touch 😀 haha, it’s so much fun – I love doing nail art, coming up with the designs and then afterwards you have pretty nails too 😀

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  • Sakura 23rd June 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Wow it looks really pretty!

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  • Huda Pervez 25th June 2018 at 3:18 pm

    As soon as I read the title, I started singing the song from The Little Mermaid haha, that song never gets old! Also, love this nail design, it is so cute, I especially love the glitter that you put on top! xx
    https://beaulife.org/

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Haha, yeah – you’ve also got me singing it now and will do every time I see the name of this look hahaha. Thank you 🙂 I thought the glitter added the final touch to really make this look!

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  • Emma Rollason 25th June 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Another adorable design as always! I love your little intricate details.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

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    • Creative Nails 26th June 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much, I really try to add the little details so it really creates the look! It’s so lovely to see you spot them and love them 😀

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  • Freja 27th June 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Your nails are beautiful and you are so talented. I am obsessed with this blue shade!

    http://whatmakesmesmileblog.com/

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    • Creative Nails 27th June 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much! It was so fun designing this one 😀 it’s such a pretty colour isn’t it – I love it too!

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  • Lena Dee 29th June 2018 at 2:44 pm

    OMG! 😮 Is that a little whale…and crab? The detail! I’m shook 😀 You guys are always super creative and make these look so easy and fun. I will always love how simple to follow you guys make these tutorials. Another job well done! I think you should do a seahorse theme as one

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    • Creative Nails 29th June 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Haha, yeah! It is a cute little whale and crab 😀 thank you so much – I’m so glad to hear that! I really do try to make it easy to follow so it really is lovely to know that you think so! Surprisingly enough, I had one in mind with the other colours of the Barry M ‘Under the Sea’ collection – will have to keep on the look out for that one! 😛

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