Fishtail Braid Nails are not only really easy to do, but you don’t need any special nail-art tools, either!
The only thing you’ll need is some patience because you have to layer the polishes. But, if you have patience, you’ll be well-rewarded.
I was already wearing China Glaze Man Hunt as a manicure, so I decided to choose colours that complemented it. (The theme I was going for was Egyptian.)
Come see my step-by-step fishtail braid nail-art tutorial complete with photos so that you can see just how simple it is to do.
This was my first time doing this design, and now I want to try so many other colour combinations with the same technique – it’s addictive!
I think fishtail braid nails are one of the hottest trends right now. Will you be participating?
Fishtail Braid Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Man Hunt (Provided by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails the Base Colour
I was actually already wearing a manicure with China Glaze Man Hunt (from the China Glaze On Safari Collection), so I didn’t have to paint my nails again. If you’re painting your nails fresh, make sure you wait about 10 minutes before continuing to the next step. (Alternatively, you can apply a fast-drying top coat to speed up the process.)
If you’ve been wearing a polish for a few days and want to spruce it up, doing fishtail braid nails is a great way to breathe new life into it!
Step 3: Paint a Diagonal Line with Your 2nd Colour
These lines don’t have to be perfect. As you can see, mine aren’t perfectly aligned. It’s okay! When you add the other colours, it all works as a collective.
Depending on how thick a coat you’ve used, you may want to wait a few minutes for this to dry slightly before continuing. In my case, I was able to paint all 10 nails and then continue right to the next step without waiting.
Step 4: Paint a Mirror-Image Diagonal Line with Your 3rd Colour
X marks the spot!
You’ll notice that the lines are really thick. As you overlap with other diagonal lines, you’ll be able to better adjust the thickness.
Again, you may choose to wait a bit for this to dry. But, for me, by the time I finished painting the last nail on my second hand, I went straight away to painting the next overlapping diagonal line.
Step 5: Continue Overlapping with the Diagonal Lines, Alternating Colours
You’ll be able to see the braided design form as you continue. Don’t worry about it looking sloppy. It’ll come together in the end. Trust me!
I stopped overlapping at this point, but I could’ve actually continued with another diagonal line of black. However, I really wanted blue and the copper to be on my tips instead of black.
Now, this time you really need to wait before proceeding to the next step. If you don’t, you risk ruining all your hard work! (I was watching TV, so I waited a full 30 minutes before continuing. You may be able to get away with just 15-20 minutes, though…It’s your call!)
Step 6: Apply Your Top Coat
Hope that you enjoyed my easy nail-art tutorial showing you how to create the fishtail braid design.
If you give it a go, please don’t be shy – feel free to share it with me and my readers on my Facebook wall!
Edit: I ended up doing a 2nd version. Click here to see my Summery Fishtail Braid Nails!
What colour combination would you do for this design? Can you actually braid hair in a fishtail? Are you superstitious? (Today’s Friday the 13th!)