Polka dotted nails are crazy cute, y'all. And super fun to do. Once you know the technique the design possibilities are endless. Dots can be random or placed in just about any pattern. For this tutorial, I opted for 3 dotted diagonal lines in bright colors over a matte black base.
If you do a lot of nail art, you may want to invest in a dotting tool like these from Born Pretty. But no fancy tool is required. Dots can be made with a bobby pin, mechanical pencil tip, or with sewing pins stuck into the eraser end of pencil, as I've done here.
The step-by-step tutorial to create this fun dotted nail art design is after the jump.
Diagonal Dots Nail Art Tutorial
For this design you will need:
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Matte black nail polish (I used OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Nail Lacquer in 4 In The Morning)
Dotting tool or sewing pins and a pencil
Blue polish (I used Essie Nail Polish in Hide and Go Chic)
Yellow polish (I used Rimmel 60 Second Nail in Sunny Days)
Orange polish (I used Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Sorbet)
Orangewood stick or nail clean up brush or pen
Wax paper, parchment paper, or tin foil
Cotton balls or pads
Nail Polish Remover
1. After shaping nails and pushing back cuticles, wipe each nail with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover to remove oils and debris.
2. Apply a base coat to all nails.
3. Apply 2 coats of black polish or other base color.
4. If you are creating your own dotting tool, stick the pin into the end of the pencil. I used two pins with different sized heads for different sized dots.
5. Use the polish applicator brush to make a small pool of polish onto a piece of wax paper.
6. Dip the pin head in the polish and lightly tap onto your nail to transfer the dot.
7. Create three rows of diagonal dotted lines.
8. Clean up any slips with a cotton-wrapped orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover or a clean up pen if you insist on being fancy.
9. If you are not using a matte polish, go ahead and put a top coat on. Otherwise, skip that step.