Polka dots are a surefire classic, whether you wear the pattern on your dress, shoes, clutch, or even on your nails! If you are looking for a way to jazz up a little black dress with some pattern, or add a cute edge to your daily office look, the sweet and sophisticated polka dot can be the perfect addition to any evening or day time ensemble. Want to have this look ready at your fingertips? Here's how it's done...
Earn your spots in no time!
What you will need:
White nail polish
Black nail polish
A base coat
A top coat
A precision brush
Nail polish remover
First stop, follow our guide to the perfect manicure to get your nails in top shape before applying any polishes: this will make your nails healthier and stronger, so don't skip it! Once your nails are filed and buffed to perfection, apply your base coat. This will protect your nails from damage and fix the color in place for longer.
Once the base coat is completely dry, apply your first layer of black polish in smooth, steady strokes. For dark, intense nail shades such as black, always follow up with at least a second coat once the first has set.
Top tip: dab the nail polish brush along the edge of the nail to seal the color and prevent chipping!
Drop a pea sized amount of white polish onto a piece of foil. Take your precision applicator brush - whether you find it easier to use the brush end or the hard end - and gently apply the white in solid dots around the nails, in whatever size or pattern you like! When all your dots are in place, remember to clean the brush properly with nail polish remover before it sets.
Once the dots are fully dry, give every nail a protective top coat to fix your spots in place and to give your manicure a high shine finish. Wait until this layer is fully dry before you try and go about your daily life: don't ruin your hard work!
Now that you've mastered the method, you can switch up the colors and sizes of your spots to suit you: go wild with your spots!