Braid Mani with A-England Shades
If you follow me on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), you would have seen quick handphone photos of the mani in this post.
After looking at some people’s fishtail braid manis, I felt I had to give it a go, especially since it looks a lot more do-able than nail art like water marbling and stamping (I fail quite dramatically at both).
It is recommended that one-coat polish be used for this mani. The A-England shades came automatically to my mind since many of them are one-coaters.
I realised also that I’ve yet to show A-England Bridal Veil and Ascalon on my blog, so those two became natural choices for my base colours.
On my left hand, I applied A-England Bridal Veil on all my nails. This is a black polish with fine holographic shimmer. The holographic effect is very subtle but does add this mysterious coppery glow to the polish when the light catches it right.
I did the braiding on my ring finger with A-England Guinevere and Perceval. I did this freehand although you can also use tape for straighter lines.
The challenge with this look is that you’ll need to wait for each layer to dry before adding the next, as the layers will overlap. I also needed to clean up quite a bit. The angle at which I had to place the brush on the nail makes it hard to avoid getting polish on the surrounding skin.
On my right hand, I used A-England Ascalon as my base colour. For the brain, I used Avalon and Galahad. Ascalon is a grey polish with subtle holographic effect, as well as a slight purplish duochrome effect.
I had fun selecting and matching the colours for this mani, and I also loved how it turned out.
Have you tried this look? If so, do you have tips to share?