It’s been a while since I featured some nail art, so today is the day! This is the latest set of nails I made – for something snazzy to wear to my high school reunion last year. I’d been admiring the dot nail art technique for a while over on Pinterest, and decided I’d have a go at making my own.
I decided that I wanted to have white nails, with red french tips, and a line of glitter, plus red dots. I thought I could swap the colours around for a feature nail, and maybe do stripes instead of dots for another feature.
Here are the three nail polishes I used
After cutting and shaping the nails to my preferred size, I painted them in their base colour – white for all except the ring finger, which I did in red.
I then used some stick on nail forms, to do the tips. As you can see this is a bit of a messy process – which is why I opted to put some glitter between the tips and the base colour (to hide the mess!)
The red was a lot thinner consistency than the white
To create the glitter line, I poured out some silver glitter polish and used a very small dotting tool to gather it up and slowly dot it along the tip line.
You need to work quickly with glitter polish, as it tends to clump and dry very fast
Once I had completed each nail with the silver line, I made sure to leave them to dry before working on the next stage. The glitter line really did a good job of hiding those imperfections in the tip process.
Here you can see both a standard nail, and the ring finger accent one
The next step was to use a larger dotting tool to create the dot pattern on the nails (using red on the white nails, and white on the red). I also wanted to have a different effect on my thumbnails, so instead of dots, I painted stripes. Next time I’d use a thinner brush to do the stripes.
Here is the complete set of nails
However, on one of the middle fingers, I mucked up the dot pattern. If you look at the above pic you will see what I mean. In order to hide this, I figured I’d make a sort of flower accent out of rhinestones. It turned out quite nice, so I replicated it for the other side.
There’s always something you can do to hide the imperfections!
So there you have it, some new techniques to try, and some tips on how to cover any mistakes you make! These nails were very fun to make and even more fun to wear
Spots and stripes!