Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Manicure of the Month

For October, I wanted to use polishes in fall colors and do something that is fun & easy.  While I've featured a spotted manicure before (here), this time I decided to try two different colored dots and make them large enough that they actually stand up off the nail, giving it a nice texture.  All the tools you'll need are shown above - pick 3 polishes of your choice (one will be your base coat and the other two for dots) and 2 round-ended toothpicks (a bobby pin also works great).  Here's a guide for recreating at home:

Step 1: Paint your base color on your nails and let dry for 10 minutes.  I chose a formula that is opaque enough to cover well with just one coat.

Step 2: Once your base coat is dry, use the rounded end of a toothpick & dip in your first dot color.  Make sure you have enough for it to drop onto the nail, but not so much that it will be dripping off.  Carefully make four large dots scattered across the nail - try to keep the pattern random.  You may need to re-dip into the polish to get a nice rounded shape.  Remember, you want the polka dots to look puffy, not flat.

Step 3: Repeat using the same method in step 2 but using your second dot color and making the size slightly smaller than the first dots, filling in the spaces.  Don't worry if the sizes of dots aren't all exactly the same - the variations make it fun!

Step 4: Wait at least 20-30 minutes before adding a clear topcoat.  

Products I used
Base coat: Trina Turk for Julep Otte
Polka Dots: Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Gilded Lily (check your local Target), 
Sonia Kashuk Two Cent



glitzyblues.com said...

Love this!! Love the mix of the polka dots with the Fall colors! Perfect for the season, can't wait to try

Xo, Rachel

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

so cute! every time i try to do polka dots freehand...they get too goopy and bubbly! =(

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

jannatul rahamoni said...

thats so cute..xoxo

Natali said...

This looks so pretty! Well done :)


A J said...

This looks awesome! I wish I had the time/energy/and nail polish selection to do this!!


Alyson said...

so, so pretty!!

Rachel said...

What a fun idea!

Life Unsweetened

Citrus - Refreshing Fashion said...

love this!!


Bethany said...

I'm not normally a nail art person but I love this! Great job! I'm a new reader and am really enjoying your blog, keep it up!


Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

pretty colors!
Xo Megan

TaraMixandMatch said...

This is adorable...my hands would be shaking so bad and I would never be able to pull this off myself! :)

RachieCakes said...

So chic and fun!

xo Rach

Star White said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!


Kelly Jaspers said...

wow, looks great!:D



Alexandra said...

Omg I love this! It's on trend and seasonal without being too much - in other words, still super chic!

Alexandra xo


Fragile Bird said...

Looks so cool!

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Rachel Lynne said...

Turned out amazing! I love it!

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Perpetuity said...

im good to get some polish on these sad nails with my kids. If I get a chance Id love to do something fun like this though!

alongobucco said...

These are too cute. I love the color combo you chose!

The Glossy Life

Jami Colonna said...

So just and FYI....thee Lauren Conrad just pinned your manicure :)

Erica said...

I love it! It's such a gorgeous mani for fall :)


JiLL said...

I've been able to do a quick and easy dot manicure using a dried up Sharpie marker. I pool a small amount of polish on to paper and dip the marker into it and then make the dot on my nail. Using a regular sized pen helps me control the application better. I absolutely LOVE your color combination!

Amberly D'Anna said...

Well isn't this fun! Love this


Whitney Anderson said...

I LOVE this. You are so talented.

Karen Curtis said...

I have promised myself that I will stop biting my nails beginning Nov. 1st. Then I can try out all of these cool designs.


Andie Sims said...

I just came across your manicure section! WOW! Nails are not my strong point and I am so the mom with chipped polish until it comes of. Hmmm...Need to fix that.