I don’t know about you, but nothing relaxes me like getting a manicure or simply getting my nails painted. Unfortunately, in my line of work, nails get wrecked pretty quickly. And though I wish I had the time to get my nails done often, it isn’t practical to go every week. So, I’m always on the lookout for easy and forgiving nail art (I can have the steadiest hand while crafting, but will regularly make a mess while painting my nails.). This week I tried something that I’m pretty sure most people would be able to execute in minutes. Is it revolutionary? Probably Not. But I’m quite pleased with my DIY Pink Polka Dot Nails and wanted to share it with you guys!
Time taken: 5-10 minutes
- Nail paints (I chose baby and medium pink for mine, but you can take two tones of any color)
- Nail File / Cutter
- Top Coat
- Base Coat
- Thin paintbrush (0/1)
- Nail polish remover
- Cut and file your nails to the length and shape of your choice. Push back your cuticles. If you have any paint residue, wipe off with some remover.
- Apply a base coat and let it dry.
- Paint two coats of any one of the colours on your nails. I chose the lighter color for all my nails. You can switch between the darker and lighter colours for your nails as well. As with nail paints, light colors will show on top of dark colours too.
- While the light shade is drying, plan out how you would like to place the polka dots. Here are some options,
- Small polka dots sprinkled randomly
- Small and big dots placed at random
- Small / Big dots placed symmetrically
- Few dots in corners
- Few fingers with dots
To show the easiest option, I went with different sized dots place close to each other.
5. Once you’ve decided on a design and your nails have dried, dip the tip of your brush in the other nail paint you have at hand and test putting drops on a piece of paper. By using a thin brush, you can control how big or small the dots are by taking a little more or less nail paint on the brush.
6. Next, gently dab the dots on top of your nail paint. The trick is to hold your brush at 90 degrees , straight down and keep going up and down. Keep dabbing polka dots all over your finger tips till you have as many as you need.
7. Let the nails dry and top up with a top coat.
Things to remember:
- After painting your nails, don’t forget to wash off your paint brush with some nail polish remover. Or the brush will be ruined.
- Keep the brush straight while placing the dots. If the brush shifts, you’re going to get brushstrokes instead of dots.
Not that that’s a bad idea. Hmm, maybe I should try that next? Tell me in the comments below, if you would like to see some brushstroke nails. Also, let me know how you like these DIY Pink Polka Dot Nails! Have a great weekend 🙂