40 Great Nail Art Ideas, Pastels: Freehand Houndstooth Nail Art!

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Good evening, readers! This week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt is pastels and I’ve paired them with a bold freehand painted houndstooth design. I used all of the Salon Perfect Pastels Collection for this look, over Salon Perfect Sugar Cube. I used the dry-brush technique to apply the 6 pastels over the white base and liked that look so much that I opted to leave some nails without the houndstooth design. This was my first time doing a freehand houndstooth pattern but I’m happy with how it turned out.
Salon Perfect Pastels Freehand Houndstooth Pastel Nail Art 1

  • I began with two coats of Salon Perfect Sugar Cube for a white base.
  • I then, one color at a time, wiped most of the polish off of the brush and swiped from cuticle to tip in random places on my nails to add the pastels: Salon Perfect Put a Ring On It, Georgia Peach, Mellow Yellow, Mint Julep, Cold as Ice, and Lilacking Control.
  • I added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to all nails and let that dry before moving on.
  • For my index and middle finger, I used my black acrylic craft paint and ÜberChic Liner Brush to paint the houndstooth pattern. It was easiest to start with black squares and add the extra details from there.
  • I topped the houndstooth nails with another coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top, and finished all of the nails with a coat of KBShimmer Oh Matte!

Freehand Houndstooth Pastel Nail Art 2 Freehand Houndstooth Pastel Nail Art 3-001

What do you think? Have you painted freehand houndstooth before? Check out what the other Crumpet’s Nail Tarts did for their Pastel manis below:

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