Blog News: My Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial on PromCanada.com

Fishtail Braid Nail Art TutorialIn a previous post, I told you about how I was 1 of 2 handpicked bloggers asked to share nail art tutorials that would be featured on the Prom Canada website for every other month.

Well, February was my first one showing a leopard design. Now that it’s April, I have a new nail tutorial up that just went live yesterday – it shows Fishtail Braid Nail Art mixed with textured accents!

This time, I shared a technique that I’ve long loved because it doesn’t require too many colours or special tools to complete the look – you can use the brushes right from the bottles.

I find myself turning to it time and time again, plus it’s so easy to customize that the same design looks very different, depending on what colours you use.

In this post, I’ll share with you detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, so you can recreate this easy look. You’ll need some patience, but once you’re finished painting, it’s well worth it!

You know how much I love doing the fishtail braid – I shared this technique on Swatch And Learn here, here, and here.

What You’ll Need

  • Base coat
  • 3 different colours of nail polish
  • Top coat
  • (Optional: 1 textured nail polish to be used for accenting.)

To create the look, I used the following items:

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn

The Nicole by OPI nail treatments and polishes are from the 2014 Collection and the Roughles Collection. They were provided to me by Nicole by OPI‘s fantastic PR team.

From left-right, they are as follows:

  • Nicole by OPI 3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener
  • Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? (Roughles Collection)
  • Nicole by OPI Teal Me Something New (2014 Collection)
  • Nicole by OPI Oh That’s Just Grape! (2014 Collection)
  • Nicole by OPI Something About Spring (2014 Collection)
  • Nicole by OPI Quick Dry Top Coat

The finished look:

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: 

Apply a base coat like the Nicole by OPI 3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener.

Decide which nails you’d like the fishtail design on. Paint those with one of the colours you’ve selected.

(Consider adding a twist by painting 2 nails a textured polish and the others with the fishtail pattern.)

Shown here:

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? on index and pinkie fingers.
Nicole by OPI Oh That’s Just Grape! on middle and ring fingers.

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 1

Step 2: 

Using your second colour for the fishtail braid, paint a diagonal line using the side of the brush.

Shown here: Nicole by OPI Teal Me Something New

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 2

Step 3: 

Using your third colour for the fishtail braid, do the same, but make sure the diagonal line goes in the opposite direction to form an “X”.

Shown here: Nicole by OPI Something About Spring

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 3

Step 4: 

Using your first colour for the fishtail braid again, paint a diagonal line. Make sure it’s parallel to the first diagonal line.

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 4

Step 5: 

Using your second colour for the fishtail braid again, paint a diagonal line that’s parallel to the second diagonal line.

Continue this process with the other colours until you finish painting your nails with the design.

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 5

Step 6: 

Allow your manicure to dry for approximately 20 minutes before applying a top coat (like Nicole by OPI Quick Dry Top Coat) to avoid smudging the design.

Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial Swatch And Learn Step 6

Go on, and give this design a try!

Remember to check out the original post on Prom Canada’s website!

You might also want to follow Prom Canada on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. (Nicole by OPI can also be found on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.)

Prom Canada SwatchAndLearn Nail Art

Prom Canada Swatch And Learn Nail Art

Do you know how to do the fishtail braid in your hair? Is there a nail look that you’d like me to try and whip up a tutorial on? Which colours would you choose for your version of this fishtail braid nail design?

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8 thoughts on “Blog News: My Fishtail Braid Nail Art Tutorial on PromCanada.com

  1. Melissa

    LOVE the design! Congrats on getting your design picked! I really want to try doing the fishtail braid myself. I might actually do this the next time I do my nails. Thank you as always for sharing with us!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such an encouraging comment! 🙂

      I highly recommend that you try this design because it’s easy (just requires patience), and you’ll be curious to try a whole range of colour combinations! 🙂

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  2. Fedoraharp

    Fishtail nails are one of my favorites 😀 I love the color combo you chose here. I’ve actually been wanting to attempt a fishtail braid with my hair for ages, I just never had the time. I’ll definitely be doing matching nails for it 😀
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  3. Laura Cannone

    I tried this one last weekend using 3 Barry ,M polishes. Its my most complicated nail art so far. The tutorial was great ,thank you. One hand looked good – a bit wiggly but not bad for my first time! The other hand I think I zigged when I should have zagged 🙂
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Laura!

      YESSSS – I’m so thrilled to hear that you gave my tutorial a go!

      Haha, you’re so cute with that comment about zigging instead of zagging. 🙂

      Aww, don’t worry – the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Plus I’m happy that you enjoyed painting and wearing it. That’s the most important thing instead of trying to get it to look ‘perfect’ anyway. I really believe that putting in the effort to try it is already a huge first step!

      Thanks for letting me know, and I hope that you’ll try more of my tutorials in the future. 🙂

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