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Purple Fishbraid | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I got lucky with the prompt for 40 Great Nail Art Ideas this week. The theme is three colours of purple, and my personal prompt is fishbraid – which needs three colours. So purple fishbraid nails was an easy one to do.

I used three Barry M polishes: Bright Purple, Plum and Lilac Foil. I’ve not done a purple fishbraid before – I’ve done blue and red/silver and navy. I think it looks really nice in purple.

Purple fishbraid
Purple fishbraid

I didn’t do them very carefully and they’re not perfect. I saw some braided nails just yesterday that someone had done on a silicon mat. They were beautifully straight and clean-looking. That’s definitely the way to go I think. I do love the look of fishbraided nails, but they take so long to do. I don’t find them difficult to do at all; it’s just the waiting for each stripe of colour to dry that takes the time.

Purple fishbraid
Purple fishbraid

I’ve been really busy recently and am only coming to these prompts at the last minute. I have to get my act together. Next week it’s films, and I have an idea to do something that is a little complicated and time-consuming, so I can’t just do it quickly late Friday night or early Saturday morning.


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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Braided nails: Barry M Bright Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil and Barry M Plum
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Bright Purple
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Lisa N.

Great purple fishtail braid nails!

Leanie Foot

I really like your fishbraid mani, the first and only time thus far mine were not so great at all, i think that my nails were also too short then. You have the skill for this one, but i have to agree it does take a long time to do this!


These look great! The colors go fantastic together and the design is so clean and sharp Well done!

Claire Kerr

Thanks Nikki 🙂