At Home Polka Dot Manicure
I love a good DIY nail art suggestion but I’ll be honest, sometimes my manicure turns out looking more like a kid’s finger painting than the intricate stripe, floral, or geometric design that it’s supposed to resemble. That’s why I try to look for foolproof nail art ideas that even I, who can’t seem to color inside the lines, wouldn’t be able to mess up.
This simple polka dot manicure is one my clumsy hands manage to pull off every single time. The hardest part of this DIY manicure is when you have to make the final decision on color choices.
All you need for this manicure is a few nail colors (ranging from just 2 to however many you want), a toothpick, and of course a top coat. The toothpick is going to determine the size of your polka dots, so if you like a variation in sizes try out some different tools like a chopstick, knitting needle, the bottom of a makeup brush, or any household item that you don’t mind getting a bit of polish on.
Start by painting your nails the color that you want to serve as the background of your dotted vision. I really like the look of a stark white base, but you can go with any color combination you want. Apply two coats and wait for it to dry completely before moving on.
Pour a bit of the polish that you want to serve as the polka dot color on a piece of paper or any disposable surface. Dip the tip of the toothpick, or whatever tool you are using, in the polish and begin dotting your nail. Make sure to use multiple tools if you are using multiple colors as to avoid mixing and a mystery colored mess.
This is when you can get creative with the placement. The traditional polka dot pattern is uniform dots evenly spaced across the nail, but I really like the look of denser dots only on a part of the nail. You can go for the diagonal placement, like this white and pastel colored polka dot manicure. Overlapping the different colored dots changes the look to more like confetti versus polka dots, but it’s a fun option.
Rather than the pastels go for some neon colors for a bold, summer party-worthy manicure. Just be sure to finish it off with your top coat to insure the staying power of your fresh manicure.