My latest manicure is my favourite so far! I’ve been eyeing variations of this on Pinterest for a while now and I was worried about getting it right.
I used the following polishes:
- Tip Top – Melting Marshmallows
- essence – that’s what I mint
- Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
- Tip Top – Purple Reign
I started off with my usual base of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted two coats of Tip Top Melting Marshmallows on all my fingers except my ring fingers. Some of my fingers required a third coat to cover up bald patches. Ordinary Misfit can do two coats with full opacity. I guess it depends on how you paint. I tend to get bubbles if I paint my coats too thick, so I err on the side of caution and paint thin layers to prevent bubbling. On my ring fingers I painted two easy coats of essence that’s what I mint. I then cleaned up my cuticles with a gel eyeliner brush and acetone to allow my paint to dry a bit before I started dotting.
I started dotting alternating colours by blobbing some that’s what I mint on a non-porous surface, dipping my dotting tool and adding random dots on the right side of my nail on my right hand. I did the same on my left hand, but this time aligned the dots to the left. I just dotted willy nilly in a random pattern and placed only a few dots. The idea was to have different sized dots so I applied pressure differently when dotting, resulting in smaller or bigger dots. A light touch made a small dot and a firmer touch made the dot bigger. Ensure you have lots of polish on the dotting tool for bigger dots. I didn’t dip my dotting tool every time I dotted, only as needed. I then placed some white dots on all my nails and some pink dots on my green nails. Lastly I dotted some dark Purple Reign dots on all my nails. I finished off with my Essie top coat and some essence nail art express dry drops.
I was very worried about making random dots. If you are doing polka dots on your nails and you don’t follow a pattern it looks really stupid (I’ve learnt this by trial and error), so I was really nervous just dotting randomly. I didn’t need to be worried since it looks freaking awesome. I think the fact that the dots are different sizes makes a huge difference. Just be sure not to put too many dots of the same colour together and let your dots dry a bit before painting your top coat as they drag. I did drag a few dots in this mani, but it isn’t too bad. Worst of all I dragged the darkest colour, which is the easiest to see! Maybe start with your darkest colour first so that it is plenty dry by the time you do your top coat. I have a few dotting tools with different sized points to dot with, but I only used two sides to make all the different dots. I found that using the pressure to control the size of the dot was all that really mattered. If you don’t have a dotting tool you could really make your own using either a toothpick, bobby pin, pin head or even a ballpoint pen.
All in all this manicure was SUPER easy and very quick! I will definitely do this or something similar again! I am totally in love with my nails and terrified that I’m going to chip the paint job too soon!
The last photo is quite blurry, I tried very hard to get a clear one, but I wanted to give you an idea of how this looked on both hands.
I love, love, love this mani! It was super quick and easy. What do you think? Would you try this?