Nail The Week: Delicate Dots!

Having been hankering after a set of dotting tools for some time, I was pretty delighted when mine finally arrived from Ebayland the other day. These little gems are as cheap as anything and are one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your nail art technique, even if like me you are not steady of hand. This week is a bit of nail art double whammy as I was so pleased with how my first dotting venture turned out that I went straight in with another design as soon as it was time to take the first one off.

For my first dose of dots  I opted for a metallic gold base with some bright multicoloured accent spots. I thought this worked really well and the overall effect is reminiscent of something you might find in a Moroccan bazaar or on an Indian sari. I also love how the design looks very intricate but is not challenging to create.

I went for a similar approach for my second dotty design, this time trying an ombre look for the very first time as the base. To create the ombre I painted on a coat of light beige before dampening a wedge make up sponge to prevent it from absorbing all the nail polish, painting stripes of my chosen colours onto it and dabbing it over the nail. I’ve been wanting to try gradient nails for the longest time but was dreading the process being difficult and messy, but I couldn’t believe how easy it turned out to be and how little cleanup was required! I liked the effect of the ombre on it’s own and it would be perfect if you wanted a subtler look, but as I was itching to get out my dotting tools again I added bold, deep red, purple and orange dots to each nail.

Next time I go for a dotty look, I’d like to try some monochrome spots over a silver glitter base, but that will have to wait as I’m away from home for the next couple of weeks and forgot to bring my white polish!

And finally here are the materials I used:

Look 1:

Look by Bipa Stop Split Vitamin Booster base coat

Gold Foil Effect, Satsuma Gelly Hi-Shine and Navy Nail Paint, all by Barry M

Orly Nail Lacquer in Beach Cruiser

Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat

Dotting tools (found on Ebay for a couple of pounds, or you could use bobby pins and tooth picks).

Look 2:

Look by Bipa Stop Split Vitamin Booster base coat

Lychee, Plum and Pomegranate  Gelly Hi-Shine and Gold Foil Effect Nail Paints, all by Barry M

Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat

A wedge make up sponge (I bought a bag of about 20 for around £3 in Superdrug)

Dotting Tools

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Inspired By… Bride of Frankenstein Nails!

This year for Halloween I was the bride of Frankenstein, based on the 1935 film. As always, I needed to complete my outfit with a fitting manicure and although I do it fairly often, there really was no other option but a monochrome half moon design, to tie in with the black and white film and the era in which it was made, as half moon manicures originated in the 30s. Rather than using a bright white, I opted for a light nude polish for the half moon to give the mani a more aged, sepia effect. I haven’t done a tutorial as I’m painfully aware that it’s pretty similar to some other looks I’ve created, but I thought I’d share it with you anyway.

Materials  used:

– Look by Bipa Stop Split Vitamin Booster base coat.

– Barry M Nail Paint in Black

-Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Nail Paint in Lychee

-Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

– Hole Re-inforcers from WHSmith

How to achieve the look: Follow the instructions in my Silver and Satsuma post.