September 4, 2012 Makeup.com

She Nailed It: The Dappled Dot Manicure

A Girl and Her Polish blogger, Katee Baum, put a multidimensional twist on the polka-dot nail art trend when creating this look. Circles in a muted color palette overlap on a graphic white base for a '60s Op Art effect that is playful and sophisticated. Here is how to put together this quick and easy manicure.
What you need:
  • Base coat. Try: OPI Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener.
  • Sheer white nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Color in Marshmallow.
  • Black nail polish. Try: Lancôme Vernis in Love in Noir Caviar.
  • Gray nail polish. Try: Zoya Nail Polish in Dove.
  • Sage nail polish. Try: OPI Nail Lacquer in Thanks a Windmillion.
  • Plastic plate.
  • Dotting tool set. Try: MASH 5 x 2 Nail Art Dotting Tools.
  • Top coat. Try: NYC in a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in Grand Central Station.
How to do it:
Step 1: Apply the base coat and two coats of the sheer white nail polish. Let the polish dry for two minutes.
Step 2: Pour a dime-sized amount of each of the dotting polishes (black, gray and sage) onto the plastic plate.
Step 3: Dip the dotting tool into the polish on the plate and apply it to your nails. Use all four dotting tools and all three colors to create random dots along the bottom and one side of each of your nails. Tip: "The polish will start to collect on your tool," Baum says. "So if you want smaller dots, you will want to wipe the polish off before it builds up too much."
Step 4: Let the dots dry for 10 minutes. Finish the look by applying the top coat.
Will you try this retro nail art?

 Photo: Courtesy of Katee Baum

 
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