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Fish tail French manicure

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Nails tipped with fish tails!

We love any excuse to switch up the classic French mani, and this is a great summertime version!

Nails tipped with fish tails!

Fish tail French manicure


  • Small paint brush, 5 bright colors and 5 corresponding lighter colors
  • We used Essie's Butler Please and Bikini So Teeny, Julep's Carrie, Orly's La Vida Loca, Essie's Turquoise and Caicos, Sally Hansen's The Real Teal, Zoya's Kara, Essie's Haute as Hello, Orly's Rose Colored Glasses, Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away, Essie's Borrowed and Blue

Nails tipped with fish tails!



Base coat

Start with a base coat of Orly's La Vida Loca for the traditional French mani base.

Nails tipped with fish tails!


Fish tail

With the paint brush, paint one side of the fish tail (as shown) and then the other side. Use a different bright color on each finger, repeating the design.

Nails tipped with fish tails!

Nails tipped with fish tails!



Using the paint brush again, outline the top of the fish tail with the corresponding lighter color. (The light blue goes with the bright blue, and so on.) Finish with a top coat.

Nails tipped with fish tails!

Nails tipped with fish tails!

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