For this post I will be sharing a picture of my nails along with a brief description of how I made my costume
For my mermaid nails I started with Gelish Deep Sea, I then pressed a holographic glitter into the sticky layer left on the cured nails. Next I used an assortment of crystals in different sizes and glued them diagonally along the tips. To finish off the design, I made a few 3D starfish using my acrylic molds from 3D-nails. Once everything was secured I completed the nails with gel top gloss.
After a month of intense labor, I can honestly say that I could not be happier with this costume!
I started off with the shell bra. Luckily I had an old bra that was the perfect color, I cut off the straps and sewed new clear staps on. Next using femo clay, I sculpted the shells to cover the bra cups. This was probably the trickiest part of the costume, especially getting the cooking time correct. Using the same clay in a light pink color I sculpted the starfish hair clip. For the tail I simply pinned some stretchy dance fabric as tightly to my body as possible. Once this incredibly tight skirt was done. I cut off the bottom in a deep V from my knee to lower calf. Along the bottom of the skirt I attached 2 layers of tulle, I used 2 shades cut in 3" wide strips. I used the fabric for the top of the tail as well. The final part of my costume was my Sebastian purse, I think this is my favorite part of the whole costume! For him, I just picked up a stuffed toy from the Disney store, carefully detached the upper half of his shell with a thread picker, then glued gunned some Velcro for a closure. For the strap I braided 3 types of ribbon together one that had leaves and 2 for strength creating a seaweed like swing for him to sit on.
The most exciting part about my costume is that I can now offer a little mermaid upgrade for my princess manicure birthday parties.