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A how-to for the perfect houndstooth nails!
Houndstooth is one of my absolute favorite patterns! This tutorial shows you how to get this look - without too much difficulty. I recommend looking at a picture of the actual pattern while painting!

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  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    First thing is to paint your nails with a simple white polish. Definitely doesn't have to be perfect at this point!

  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, use your paintbrush and black acrylic paint to make small, evenly spaced squares.

  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next, make small lines at the top of the squares.

  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Connect the lines to your squares and fill it in like so.

  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next step is to paint the "legs" of the houndstooth pattern. Looking at a picture of the pattern helps immensely with this.

  • How to paint a checkered nail. DIY Houndstooth Nail Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Last but not least, with houndstooth, it's important for both colors (black and white) to look the same. If necessary, go back in with white acrylic paint to ensure that the white parts look correct.

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