Tuesday, May 24, 2011

braided/fishtail nail tutorial!

Hey guys, the internet connection I use at work is still missing :(
I doubt it's coming back.
So every Monday and Tuesday I won't be able to read blogs all day to keep me company. Boo hoo.

As you may have read in a previous post, I am trying my best to do everything you guys request in the comments of my giveaway. So here is something that was requested!

Petra left me a lovely message and asked if I could do a tutorial on the middle finger of these crazy skittle nails, and a bunch of you asked for more tutorials in general.
So, here you go!

It looks like a braid! But it's just stripes!
I really like this look. I might do a full set of nails with these colors. Haha.
(This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Presto Pink, Brisk Blue, and Lickety-split Lime.)

The second stripe is the crucial one. See in the third frame how the blue stripe meets the green stripe in the very middle of the nail? If you don't have that V-shape in the middle of the nail, your entire braid will be off-center. (However, that can look cute too.)

After the first 2 stripes, you just keep adding stripes alongside the previous ones, and it all comes together.
It looks funny at first, and it can be confusing, but just keep going!
You can make the stripes as thin or as thick as you like.

You could use tape to make it extra neat, but it would take a long time because there are so many stripes that would need to dry before adding the next one.

This design works best when you use really opaque colors, so that you don't have to do multiple coats of each stripe.
(In my original design with this, I had to do 2 coats of everything and it was a pain.)

Good luck Petra, and to whoever else wants to try this out!
If you do try, post a link here! I'd love to see it.

(The end of this entry once contained a bunch of whining about how I was going to miss a blink concert by 2 days, but if you've seen my next post, you'll know that it doesn't matter anymore! Sometime I'll write more about my sickness that I discussed here and post it in my About Me, or something.)


  1. Sorry to hear about the bad concert luck! I am IN LOVE with this tutorial though! I really want to try this out! I love your tutorials! You just keep 'em comin'! XOXO

  2. Cute nails.

    And maybe you'll find someone.. Like a freind od a friend or a fellow blogger or someone who's just a huge Blink 182 fan who would go with you?
    I really hope you can go to the concert and enjoy it.

  3. I have that same love & passion for Michael Buble! I'm so jealous for you sharing Canadianism (? Lol) with him! I've seen all of his concerts when he's come anywhere within 5 hours of me! So I totally understand how bummed you must be! :(

  4. You are soooo talented, that braid design is too cool! :)
    I'm really happy to hear you're healthy now! I'm sorry about the problems you're having seeing blink-182, I hope it works out for you. :)

  5. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! I'm with Sandra... I hope you'll manage to find someone to go with you to the concert. Good luck!!!

  6. The braid design is so cute! And so simple, it's amazing :) And the colours your picked are very Power Puff girls, hahah

  7. OMG it's very easy :D

  8. Very cool. I wrote this down as a future mani idea. :)

  9. I wanted to comment on this post from the second I saw it...and now I can! :) I LOVE this design and love that you showed us how to do it! Very pretty!

  10. I am going to try this later tonight!!
    The colours are beautiful.

  11. thanks everyone :) i'm glad you like it

  12. I love this!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. This was linked to from Adventures in Acetone... what a great idea! =D Thanks for sharing!

  14. I did this today! Love it! So easy and cool!: http://fancyphalanges.blogspot.com/2012/01/31-day-challenge-day-30-inspired-by.html

  15. I loved your blog, and I'm following here ... kisses and a great weekend!


  16. Uau !!
    Super amei!




  17. i did these with sally hansen insta dri in rose rush, blue blast and lickety split lime and they look exactly the same!

  18. Hi Rebecca,

    I found your tutorial (haha over a year old) when I googled "braided nail art tutorial" this helped me a lot and I gave it a go myself. I posted it on my blog and linked back to this page as I used your tutorial:


    I'm also a new follower because this blog looks super cool.

    My nails didn't turn out nearly as nice as yours did.


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