So, I did an accent nail with this nail art technique. The idea is that you choose three colors to alternate diagonal stripes over the nail to create something that looks like a braid of the three colors. The other name for it is fishtail but I think braid is a better name since that is the look you get in the end. Well, it's what is supposed to be the look.
In choosing the colors and testing, I discovered that Sinful Colors Real Teal just wouldn't work as one of the three. It's too sheer. In the end, these are the three I chose - all from the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line.
l to r: Lacey Lilac, Pacific Blue, Jazzy Jade
I used Jazzy Jade as the base since it was the closest to matching Real Teal but is more pigmented and worked much better in testing.
I applied two coats of Jazzy Jade then using each color in turn, painted the diagonal stripes up the nail until I reached the tip. Not as easy as the tutorials made it look, as it turns out. Although, I don't think I did too badly with it. One direction was definitely easier to get straight than the other. Here's the result.
I've got to say, this isn't a technique I'm inclined to do again any time soon. Maybe if I'd chosen another green that was more opaque it might have been better. Maybe after more practice, I might make another attempt.
Next month, if I'm not mistaken is stamping. Along with water marbling, stamping is my other nemesis and will require more practice than I've given it so far. We'll just have to see what happens.
Until next time, thanks for reading and stay tuned.