Polka Party

I’ve been in a “polka dot” frame of mind lately and since my nails are behaving and not breaking I went for a more nude look. Sally Hansen so graciously sent me some colors to play with so I went crazy! The nude look is very on trend and I thought I would switch it up by doing polka dots. Other than patience this is super easy! Definitely a recommendation for the beginner nail artist.

To start off this design, I used a sheer nude polish – Arm Candy. I did three coats of this and it’s still pretty sheer…which is perfect if you just want to enhance how your nails look naturally! I then used Good to Grape, Barracuda, Peach of Cake, and Rosy Outlook for all the dots!

For this particular design I used the smallest dotting tool in a set (like this one) but you really can use anything! Toothpicks would be a great substitute to do these small dots, or even a sharp pencil. There’s tons of options for polka dots so you don’t need dotting tools.

Here is a close up to see how I did the dots:


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  • ashlee February 09, 2013 03.36 am

    oh how i love!! so simple yet amazaballs!!
    you are doing what i love!! nails, pretty designs, all for the world to see

    • admin February 11, 2013 10.12 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Janelle Andrea February 09, 2013 03.49 am

    This is such a cute idea! I’m definitely doing this since we’re snowed in here in NYC.


  • Josephine February 09, 2013 05.22 pm

    Beautiful dotticure!

  • Camille February 11, 2013 08.47 am

    Oh! I definitely will try this on my nails πŸ™‚

  • Valeria February 14, 2013 03.51 am

    love it1 I am just starting and love seeing your designs, even though can only master a very few yet; I think I can handle this one though πŸ™‚

  • Kellie April 15, 2013 06.01 am

    Love this design!

    I’m getting ready to recreate it with WnW 2% Milk for the base & Orly Basket Case, Spoiled 2 Weeks Sober, Essie Cute as a Button & either SH Barracuda or SH Brisk Blue for the dots. I can’t decide if I want a bright or a subtle blue. Maybe I’ll use both.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! If I get compliments from friends, I’ll be sure to direct them to your lil’ corner of the interwebz. πŸ™‚


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