Guest Post by ‘The Student Wardrobe’: Houndstooth Nail Art

This is a guest post by the lovely Yasmin Hilliam from The Student Wardrobe

Nails by Yasmin Hilliam

Nails by Yasmin Hilliam

Houndstooth is a classic print that never goes out of style; using this tutorial, you can learn how to get this staple pattern on your nails!

Tools used for  Houndstooth Nails - by Yasmin Hilliam

Tools used for Houndstooth Nails – by Yasmin Hilliam

You will need:

  • “square colour” I’ve used W7 Black
  • “line colour” I’ve used W7 White
  • top coat
  • base coat
  • acetone
  • medium length striping brush
  • small paint brush (don’t use a “best” brush as it will need to be dipped in acetone and this will likely damage a delicate paint brush)

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Step One:

Put on a layer of base coat and allow it to dry then paint your nails with a solid covering of your “square colour”. I used two coats of W7 Black for opacity.

Step Two:

Once your base colour is dry, add vertical stripes of your “line colour” using the medium length striping brush. Try to keep your lines as equidistant as possible – you’ll need squares for your design to tessellate properly.

Step Three:

Add horizontal lines, remembering to keep them the same distance apart as the vertical lines.

Step Four:

You’re now left with a series of black squares on a white background. Using the small paintbrush, add a vertical line, starting at the top left corner of each square and stopping halfway to the edge of the next square.

houndstooth2Step Five:

Again, using the small paint brush, add a horizontal line, starting at the top left corner of each square and stopping halfway to the edge of the next square.

Step Six:

Add a line at a 45˚ angle from the tip of each vertical and horizontal line back to the square they originated from and fill in the little triangle produced.

Step Seven:

Add a line at a 45˚ angle starting from the diagonal-facing corners of each square and stopping just before the opposite corner of the square below.

Et voila! Your very own timeless nails!

Post by Yasmin Hilliam

Blog: The Student Wardrobe

Twitter: @yasminhilliam

Instagram: @yasminhilliam

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