Pastel Roses Nails and Houndstooth Nail Art

With freezing weather in New York City, I’m getting ready for spring - here’s to hoping this pastel nail art beckons some sun and spring blooms. I’ve always wanted to give hounds tooth a try and after watching some Youtube videos online, I decided that a pastel hounds tooth pattern would go lovely with lush pink roses - think of an Old English countryside picnic during the spring months.  A girl can dream during the polar vortex, right?

The polishes I used were Zoya Neely, and Sally Hansen Insta-dri Pink Blink (on sale for only $2), Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish in Commander in Chic (also on sale for $2).  The polishes I use for nail art are usually very opaque formulas, since that makes layering and painting the designs much easier.  Imagine adding layers and layers over one rose to get some opacity (what nail art woes are made of)..but thankfully, all of the Sally Hansen polishes and the Zoya featured are extremely opaque, apply beautifully, and dry fast.

I hope you enjoy these pretty nail art designs as much as I do and please let me know in the comments if you’d want to see any specific nail tutorials in the future.  If you always wondered how you could create a pattern or design, I’ll be coming to the rescue with a step-by-step nail art tutorial.

Stay pretty, Mackenzie M.
  • Sophia Jacquelyn

    Wow!!! I Love it. It is really such a nice blog. Nail art is a creative way to decorate nails. here
    the colours are very well. The classy and timeless nail designs can be easily turned into modern accessories when mixed with your creativity and nail painting skills. I am using all collection.

  • Lucy (the Nail Snail)

    These are gorgeous! I love the combination of houndstooth and floral

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you for your sweet comment! It was a nice surprise to me too xo

  • Claire

    Wow these are abslutly stunning, the Zoya nail polish in particular is a lovely shade

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you so much! That color is so nice I agree, I can’t wait to try out more polishes from there - they really are quite lovely xo

  • Celina

    These are gorgeous! I would never have the patience to do it but I always love seeing these designs on other people.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you! I do nail art at night, snuggled in, watching some Youtube videos in the background - so I definitely make it really enjoyable and relaxing for myself despite all the tiny, tiny details xo

  • Maja

    Gorgeous nail art!

    • Pretty Squared

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for commenting xo

  • Blog Rince

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love the mis-matched-ness - so cool!

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you! Mis-matched-ness is my middle name when it comes to nail art lol there’s so many pretty colors and ideas, how can one pair it down to just one thing xo

  • Amber Hunter

    I’m a sucker for floral nail art and I love this combination! It’s interesting and so so pretty. Thanks for sharing this!
    Lovely Notions

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you and omg me too if I could do floral nails every time I’d be all for it. Glad you enjoyed it! xo

  • Tamira Alison

    This is absolutely beautiful Mackenzie! I wish I was artistically inclined Would love to be able to make something this pretty T xx

    • Pretty Squared

      Aw you’re so sweet! I bet you have other great talents, and practice really helps with nail art - I think I improve a bit every time. Thank you for your sweet comment xo

  • Sophie

    OH this is just too pretty <3

    • Pretty Squared

      Thanks darling !!

  • Visceral Maze

    that is really pretty! I don’t think I have the patience to do this though

    • Pretty Squared

      Thanks darling! The houndstooth took a bit longer, but maybe you could try the flowers yourself? They’re super forgiving and look so cute xo