This post is for all you girls out there that think you could never do your own cute nail art. It’s easier than you think! For this fun dot manicure all you need is a few nail polishes, and a bobby pin or two!
♥ Start with a base coat. I like to use a nail strengthener like Sally Hansen Maximum Growth or OPI Nail Envy.
♥ Then paint all your nails in a solid color. I like to use the darkest color for this. It creates a cool 3-d effect later when you add lighter dots over top. I used a nice medium blue cream as my base color.
♥ Pick a color for your dots and dab a few drops of it onto your work surface (a piece of paper or magazine would work). Then unbend a bobby pin so it’s sort of straightened out, and then dip the tip of it into your drops of polish. You’ll use this as your handy dandy dotting tool!
♥ I find it easiest to start by making the middle row of dots first (yellow in my case). Then I work on building up rows above and below it in complementary colors. My patterns come out more uniform that way. You can wipe off your bobby pin in between color changes, or just use a new one if you have a zillion of them.
♥ I like to wait a good ten minutes of dry-time before applying topcoat. You wouldn’t want to smear your fresh dots! My favorite topcoat is Seche Vite. If you’ve never tried it, you need to because it makes your manicure dry in just a few minutes. It will change your life.. and I really mean it!!
What other household items can you use to make nail art? I’ve used toothpicks before, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of other cool ideas that I’ve never even thought of! I’d like to hear what crafty stuff you’ve found around your house!