Fishtail Accent Nail


Nail art requires patience, confidence, and endurance — all of which I lack. Needless to say that I admire deeply those that create works of nail art. However, you will rarely spot me without any nail varnish on my fingertips. I adore simple, plain shades leaving all special finishes aside, this even includes metallic ones which I’m not too fond of. A tiny bit of sparkle is the best I can handle, I must be sounding so boring.

I do love the occasional accent nail — sometimes much more often than I make myself believe. This trend has been going on for a while now and I’m sticking to it. The fact you only need to focus on one nail on each hand as well as keeping damage on my right hand to a bare minimum is the least I can handle. We all have that one hand that lacks steadiness and finesse to the extreme, right? Except for those that are perfectly left and right handed, must be such a gift for doing your nails – jealous!


I don’t even bother watching fancy – even easy – nail tutorials. However, a video recently popped up in my Youtube subscription box with an alluring thumbnail with the words ‘Anyone Can Do This’ included in the title, I succumbed. You must’ve already guessed that I gave it a try and dare I say it turned out pretty well. I call it the Fishtail Manicure which may very well be its official name — told you I’m a noob. I’ve used Essie Mint Candy AppleEssie Marshmallow, and MaxFactor Ivory to achieve this look.

DSCN7322Enough about the accent nails, I still had eight fingertips to take care of! I decided to go with Reverse Moon-shaped nails – is that how they’re called? – which was pretty easy to achieve. Using a brush with the perfect width ensures an effortless creation. I love the way the white and green pulls the whole look together. Don’t hesitate to try this at home ’cause if I can pull this off, you will too – no doubt about it!

What do think of the Fishtail Manicure?
Can someone recommend me a more opaque white? 

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  • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

    Thanks Alexandra! X

  • Georgia Boanoro

    Great colour combination! I’m not a fan of nailart either, but there are times when I’m in the mood for something different :) I Love the shape of your nails as well!!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Georgia! Your totally right, something we’re in for a change! ;) X

  • GlamChicBold

    Beautiful this accent nail!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks! X

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Oh wow, you’re good at this! It looks amazing, Alice, well done!

    Oh and for the record, great photography, and I am not just saying that.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Melissa! That’s really sweet of you! X

  • Jasmine

    It’s so pretty! Would love to try this and bring it further onto the eyes with blue and gold details! I find white such a difficult nailpolish colour to have a nice formula, a full coverage is asking a lot.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Oh that’s a great idea! Yes I know, whites are mostly really streaky and generally hard to apply. Still on the quest for the perfect white polish. Let me know if you find one! ;) X

  • MajaEstelle

    Such a nice idea Alice! And you did a very good job – looks super neat :)
    I’m a loser at nail art myself, I can do them in plain old fashion but anything more advanced I surrender. Might have to give it another try sometime though ;)
    X Maja

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Maja! Believe me, I’m really rubbish at it. I’m sure you can do it too! ;) X

  • Sté // StyleLab

    Love this! Mint Candy Apple is such a cute colour <3

    I use Essie's Blanc nail polish for my tutorials:

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Oh darn it, I was holding both Marshmallow and Blanc in store but I liked the name Marshallow better … Oops! Thanks though, will probably buy Blanc next time! X

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Alice, aww this is so summery! I think you did a great job! The only white nail polish I own is Chanel Eastern Light, but to be honest I don’t think the quality is all the way there. I’ve been told Cover Girl does a good one. See if you can find that?

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Sunny, it took me a lot of patience, something I’m not good at, lol. Can we get hold of Cover Girl here?!

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        I’ve seen Cover Girl displays at Delhaize, but I’m not sure it they have the nail polish.

        • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

          Really? Will check it out. Thanks Sunny! ^^