Polka Dot Nail Tutorial (fast & easy!)

polka dot nail tutorialbutter london champers nail polishHappy Monday friends! Today I have a nail tutorial for you! One of my favorite ways to do my nails is in a polka dotted pattern. It’s a little bit quirky, a little bit fun, and just makes me smile when I look at my nails. Whenever I wear this design, I always get a lot of questions and comments from friends, so I thought it was high time I made a tutorial showing you all how I do this. It really is super easy!

What you need:

-Two nail polish colors of your choice. I used Deborah Lippmann’s Flowers in her Hair and Butter London’s Champers.

-A top coat to keep everything in place.

-One sewing pin. This is the tool you will use to make the dotted design

Begin by painting your nails with a base of one solid color. I normally use two coats of whatever nail polish I’m working with.

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Dip your pin in the contrast color, and gently dot it across your nail. I do a pattern of six dots: one on the tip of my nail, two directly beneath that, one beneath those, and two at the base of the nail. You may find that you need to clean the pin with a bit of nail polish remover while you are working. Don’t worry if you get polish on your skin. That can be cleaned up later!

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Once all of you nails are covered in pretty polka dots, allow the polish to dry. You don’t want to apply a top coat until the polka dots have set. If they aren’t set, the brush from the top coat can smudge them.

essie good to go topcoat

Apply your top coat (I love Essie’s good to go,) and use an angled brush dipped in polish remover to clean up the edges.

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And that’s it! Now you have a fun polka dotted manicure!

 Let me know if you try this out for yourself! I’d love to see how it worked for you!


4 thoughts on “Polka Dot Nail Tutorial (fast & easy!)

  1. The angled brush with nail polish remover is a great idea! I’ve used cotton swabs, but those get messy!

    And you have the cutest vanity/ set up for these pictures! Love it!

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