Guess what? Several weeks ago, I finally bought a set of 5 double-sided dotting tools!
I wasn’t planning to show these Dotty Nails because I really was just playing around with the tools. I wasn’t thinking about what colours would look nice together. I was just having fun! 🙂
But when I ran out of space on my nails, I looked at the random design and actually kinda liked it! So I wore my spontaneous creation.
I’ve always wanted to do a manicure with all dots. It’s super easy and really fast. Plus there’s something satisfying about creating each dot for some reason.
I liked it, but maybe you think it looks like the connect-the-dots measles. Haha! 😛
Dotty Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- No base coat!
- 2 coats of OPI Mermaid’s Tears
- Dots: OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Stranger Tides & China Glaze Liquid Leather
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Dotty Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- China Glaze Liquid Leather
- OPI Alpine Snow
- OPI Stranger Tides
- OPI Mermaid’s Tears
- Piece of foil
- Daniel Stone dotting tool #4
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Yes, I’m a hypocrite because I didn’t even use a base coat. Normally I do except when I’m playing around with polish (like I was with this). If you plan to wear this manicure for more than a day, wear a base coat, especially if you’re wearing a colour that may stain your nails.
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Your Base Colour
Here I used OPI Mermaid’s Tears, which went on smoothly and opaquely. I just needed 2 coats to achieve what you see below.
Wait about 10 minutes to allow this to dry a bit before you go all dotty.
Step 3: Add Your First Colour of Dots
Put a few drops of polish onto your piece of foil. Use your dotting tool, end of a brush handle, toothpick, or whatever else you’re using to apply the dots.
Since I was just playing around, I did a random pattern and wasn’t really thinking about what I was doing. Using a dotting tool, I’ve found, is very relaxing and fun! (Maybe my life is boring.) 😛
Step 4: Repeat Step 3, but with Another Colour
Step 5: Ditto
Once you’ve finished adding all the different-coloured dots you want, wait about 10-15 minutes to give everything a chance to dry before you continue to the next step.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
This will seal in your design, plus it flattens any bumpy dots.
Step 7: Avoid Calling the Eye Doctor Even If You’re Seeing Spots (on Your Nails)
So this design was probably a bit of a let-down for you. I really put no effort into this since I had no intention of posting it on here. But…who knows, maybe somebody will like my ugly colour combination. 😛
Next time I do a dotting design for the blog, it’ll look better. I promise! 😀
Do you own a dotting tool or do you prefer to make use of things you already have? Have you ever painted your nails and did a spontaneous design? Are you shocked that I didn’t use a base coat?