Relaxed Tweed Nails – Tutorial

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Blue Tweed nails

Tartan and other plaid nail designs are fantastic but sometimes there just isn’t enough time for perfecting lines. Try this woven tweed look instead! The dry brush technique used for this design is simple yet striking and requires no nail art tools, just a polish brush. Another great thing about tweed nails is that by choosing the appropriate colours, they’re perfect for any season. Use pastels and bright colours for spring and summer and dark, moody shades for colder months.


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  1. Start off with two or three coats of your chosen base colour and give time to dry.
  2. Take your white polish, and wipe as much product off of the brush as you can. Tip: also remove the polish from the bit above the brush too as you don’t want it to run down and ruin your design!
  3. Begin with the vertical strokes first. Holding the brush lightly, make long strokes from the cuticle toward the tip of your nail. Do one nail at a time and between each nail, dip your brush back in the polish and wipe off the excess.
  4. Next, you will need to do the horizontal strokes. As the nail surface is more curved in this direction, shorter strokes are easier. Stagger where you start the lines to give a more realistic woven effect. Repeat this for each nail, preparing the polish brush as before.
  5. While you wait for the white to dry, clean up any mess around your cuticles with a cotton bud or flat brush dipped in nail polish remover (pure acetone works even better).
  6. Apply a top coat and you’re ready to go!

Used (turquoise tweed nails): OPI Nail Envy Base Coat, Barry M Gelly Polish ‘Huckleberry’, Sinful Colors ‘Snow Me White’, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Quick Dry Top Coat.

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No manicure created this way will turn out exactly the same but the great thing is, you can’t get it wrong. If you feel like you’ve added too much white, use the same dry brush technique with your base colour to even it out.

Have fun recreating these Tweed Nails and we’re looking forward to seeing your version!

Danielle Tomline

PS. If you have Instagram, we’d love to see your re-creations this nail design, use hashtags #lookdaniellet & #sonailicious to show us your work!

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