May 30, 2012

Nail Art How To: Bow Ties and Polka Dots

As nail art appears to be having a moment on the beauty scene, in magazines and blogs, I wanted to give it a go myself. My problem is that I never dedicate enough time to my nails and usually get them done at a salon as I'm lazy like that! 

After being inspired by the creative WAH nails, I decided to buy myself a set of nail dotting tools which you can buy from eBay here. I had never really heard of a dotting tool before so I didn't know what to expect when I ordered them but I would fully recommend them if you like the idea of polka dot, aztec or marble effect nails.

 They are really easy to use and are a little fine tool with metal tips that allow you to guide the nail polish on in whatever pattern you like. I admit, my first attempt was a little shakey and not as neat as I had imagined them but I guess practice makes perfect!

Here is my first attempt at nail art..

What you will need:

* Nail file and cuticle remover
* A base and a top coat (I recommend using Butter LONDON's Nail Foundation Basecoat and Butter   LONDON's Hardwear top coat.
* Two contrasting nail varnish colours (I used Butter LONDON's polishes Trout Pout and Slapper-excuse the daring names!) However, this would work with most normal nail polishes.
* Nail Dotting tools which you can buy using the above link

First of all, file your nails into a rounded or square shape using a nail file. For this I would recommend Leighton Denny's crystal nail file as it is very easy to use and is very long lasting. Push back your cuticles and apply one coat of the Butter LONDON Nail Foundation Basecoat. This polish appears shiny at first and then turns matte leaving a perfectly smooth nail base helping your first coat glide on.

Once the basecoat has fully dried add your first coloured nail polish, applying two coats if necessary. I used the coral pink Butter LONDON polish in Trout Pout.

Then the fun part begins..decide on what pattern you are hoping to achieve, maybe use a picture to copy from if you are a little uncertain..Drip a spot of polish on to the lid of the nail polish (this can be removed later with nail polish remover) and dot on the contrasting colour. I decided to do a bow tie on each middle finger, and polka dots on the rest, including a thicker edge on my little finger(see below). Top Tip: Don't get too much polish on the dotting tool as the dots can appear too big!

To do the bow ties on the middle finger I dotted on two small triangles with a dot in the middle and three dots down the centre of the nail. The above picture shows one of the dotting tools..Once the nail art is complete, wait for it to dry and add a topcoat to secure it-I used the Butter LONDON Hardwear quick drying topcoat.


Hope you enjoy the finished results..I am hoping I will improve and try out many more designs! 

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  1. ooh I really love the color combination!!<3

  2. Such a cute design. Love it!

    Sheree xx

  3. Love the bow ties !
    Very cute :)

  4. So cute! :) Great blog! Would you like to follow each other ?

  5. This is such a great design! I love the color combination, perfect! I think I need to get a dotting tool :)


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