Thursday, January 10, 2013

Faded Houndstooth


Hi there! I have a lot to say about today's manicure so I'll save you the life ramblings and jump right in! I had two things in mind when I got started on today's nails. First, I knew that I wanted to properly try out American Apparel American Denim. I had used it in the watercolour manicure Underwater Treasure last week but that wasn't the full-manicure treatment that it deserved ;) I was pleasantly surprised by American Denim because it was completely opaque in just one dreamy coat (cue swooning).

Anyway, criteria number two was that I wanted to try out a new pattern. After a lot of hemming and hawing I decided on a faded houndstooth print. But see, the thing about houndstooth is that the pattern absolutely boggles my mind, so much so that I was unsuccessful with Chelsea's Get Nailed's comprehensive video tutorial. Instead, I had to work very slowly, one 'square' at a time. It was a painstaking process but the end result is satisfactory. It's definitely something that I'll have to work on!


To start I used American Apparel American Denim. I then sponged on American Apparel T-Shirt onto the tips of the accent nails. With a white striping polish I freehanded the houndstooth.

Have you tried any houndstooth manicures? Link me in the comments below or tweet me yours! (@preciouspolish)

BRITTNEY XO

19 comments:

  1. Oh I love! I tried the houndstooth design before but it looked awful :( never tried it again, it was my nailart-trauma haha. hmm but looking at yours makes me wanna give it another try ^.^

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  2. Oh I love this! I wish I could do houndstooth. The best I can do is polka dot.. and that isnt hard! haha

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. xx

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  3. Wow for a first-timer it looks stunning, just as if you had been practising for a loooong time! The faded effect is super cool, you always come up with such nice ideas! :D

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  4. Your houndstooth looks great! I thought you'd stamped it at first!

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  5. Haha I almost gave up after my first attempt! It was sooo awful, looked nothing like houndstooth :P I'm sure your second attempt will look great! :D

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  6. Wow, this turned out great! Most of the time I see this pattern it is stamped. So kudos to you for (a) doing it freehand, and (b) doing a faded pattern.

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  7. Freehand houndstooth?! Nope, I'm not up for that--I've worn the design in the SH strips, though. :)

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  8. Yun, The Polish Hideout11 January 2013 at 23:59

    Wow, you did an amazing job! I think your houndstooth designs turned out great! :-)


    ~ Yun

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  9. omg those patterns are super sweet! they are like clouds <3

    would you like to follow each other?

    A

    xx

    http://epiquemoi.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Ohhh I bet they looked great! The SH line is awesome :D

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  11. Ooh your houndstooth looks awesome! I've never done this freehand!

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  12. Thank you! :D You should try it! I definitely found it frustrating but it was good freehand practice :)

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