New things are happening over here at Craftynail headquarters! And when I say headquarters I mean- me, my nails and my computer. LOL
I’m thrilled to finally tell you this! I’m now part of a group called The Beauty Buffs! We’re a wonderfully diverse collection of beauty bloggers brought together by Norelis of Fierce Makeup & Nails. We will collaborate every other Wednesday to post about our top picks in color trends, nail polishes, makeup, beauty and more. Our series has a new theme every two weeks and today is our first one… we’re talking about PASTELS! So who are The Beauty Buffs? Drop by our blogs and you’ll see all kinds of wicked nail art, swatches, makeup, fashion for all sizes, health, and product reviews. Make sure to click #TheBeautyBuffs – PASTELS (also at the end of my post) so you can meet the other Buffs. I know you are going to love our new biweekly series! Especially you nail art fans out there. So let’s get to it…
Today we’re talking about pastels! The pastel trend of soft muted colors is ‘a given’ when springtime arrives. But what about when all the pastels are too sugary sweet for your liking? Sometimes you feel like Sasha instead of Beyoncé, amiright? That’s when I like to pair my pastels with a dark color to give them a fiercer look. Fierce, haha that’s me! Yup, just ask my boyfriend- he can give you a whole list of words that describe me. 😉
This dotticure is cute and springy, but it also has a little extra kick, don’t ya think? I love how the muted colors really jump to life against the black. Here are the polishes I used…
BLACK ♥ Black Onyx by OPI
PURPLE ♥ Charming by Revlon
MINT ♥ Honeydew by Fresh Paint
YELLOW ♥ Mellow Yellow by Sally Hansen
PINK ♥ Bubblegum Pink by Sally Hansen
BLUE ♥ Breezy Blue by Sally Hansen
My dots came out very uniform! I want to share with you how I did that. Take a look at my Perfect Pastel Dots Tutorial below. You can use an unbent bobby pin or like me, I used an inexpensive dotting tool from Amazon….
The key is to start at the base of your nail and make one straight line of dots. If your middle line of dots is evenly-spaced and straight (like in picture 3) then there’s a good chance that your whole nail will look good! Then move on to your second line of dots. You see how my second line started a little lower on the nail in picture 4? It’s important to make the lines staggered like that … that way your first line of dots is offset from your second. That’s what makes the polka dots look evenly distributed, kinda like checkers laid out on a checker board. It’s hard to explain in words so I hope the pictorial demonstrates my technique. 🙂
Thanks for checking in with me today! I hope you like my dots and that you find my little tutorial useful. Dotticures were intimidating for me until I got my technique down. Try this one out! Then we can all be dot-dot-dotting like mad-women. 😀
Don’t forget to see what the other Beauty Buffs have got goin’ on….
42 thoughts on “The Beauty Buffs- Pastels”
I love a good dotticure!
Me too! I don’t do them often enough 🙂
LOVE!! Even on the black it just POPS!!
Thanks!!! I tried the dots over light colors and it wasn’t doin it for me. This style is much better 🙂
Perfect post. So glad I get to know you more! I love the Beyoncé vs sasha
LOL! I was wondering who would comment on that beyonce remark 🙂 🙂
Cute! I love the pastels against black!
Your polka dots look so perfect! I love it.
Thank you Lisa 🙂
Love a good polka dot mani and such a pretty way to do the pastel theme!
Absolutely love this! Have to try your method of dot placement next time.
Thanks 🙂 I hope my tutorial makes sense !
I do love me a good dotticure! Love the combo! 🙂
I am absolutely jealous of your dotting skills! I love the contrast of the pastel on black.
lol don’t be jelly ! 😉
Awesome dotticure! Love it!
Thanks ! 😀
thnx D !
This is also the only way I can get my dots look ok. Love the colours on black, gives it an edge 🙂
I wasn’t sure if everyone did them like this already… I wonder if there are other ways to make perfect dots too?
To be honest, I am not sure. Maybe there is some secret we haven’t found out yet about the dots 😀
Unless stamping :p
This is awesome! Love the pastels on black – the contrast definitely adds some spice to those demure spring shades! Nice tutorial too – I’m very neurotic about evenly spaced dots when I do “dotticures”.
I hear you! they need to be spaced just right !
Great tips for those of us who are not gifted at doing nails 😉 And congratulations on your new project with The Beauty Buffs 😀
thank you darling!
Your dots are PERFECT! Awesome manicure. I love the pastels on the black 🙂
your dots are perfect, i love that you paired light pastels with a darker color. I’m more of a Sasha myself 😛
Yes! I can see that you’d be a Sasha 😉
How did you manage to get them lined up so perfectly? These are adorable!
Haha i dunno! But thank you!
I LOVE dotticures! Such a fun and quick way to make a manicure into something unique. I love that you used a black base to your pastel dots, it’s very contrasting. I’ll have to pin your polka dot tutorial, that is very helpful!
Thank you,, so glad you liked it! 🙂
I am such a dunce when it comes to doing something simple like dots so I really love this tutorial. I’m going to try i the next time I do a dotticure.
Cool.. i hope it helps. Everytime u make a dot it should form a perfect triangle with the two beside it
Congrats! I love how your manicures always look 3D…and as always your designs look wonderful with your nail shape 🙂
This is fantastic! I love that you managed to make pastels “tough” (if you will). I want to do this now! Great work, as always 🙂
totally awesome! yours dots are PERFECT!!!!