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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

How To: Black Tips with Blue Polka Dots

Black Tips with China Glaze For Audrey Polka Dots

Black tips with blue polka dots

Happy Thursday, Peeps! Hopefully you're having a fantastic morning! A few Saturday's ago, I attended my sister n law's wedding and sported this cute little number using Sally Hansen's Nail Art Pen and China Glaze's For Audrey. It was a huge hit, needless to say!

My followers may remember a sneak peak photo I posted this week on Twitter. The design is super easy using just a few necessary tools. 

Supplies used for polka dots

Supplies you'll need: Sally Hansen's Nail art pen in Black, China Glaze For Audrey nail polish or any desired shade, and a dotting tool or toothpick.

Step 1 Bare nails with base coat

I say this with extreme caution, always use some type of base or top coat before you apply Sally Hansen's art pen (darker shades). If you don't, the black will severly stain your nails. Seriously, I'm talking about stain mayhem!

For your base coat, I recommend going with a non glossy version if possible. Since the nail art pens are water based, it may be a bit challenging to cover the slick, glossiness with one application.   

Using Sally Hansens Black nail art pen

Apply one or two applications to your tips. Dry completely for 10 minutes. Tip: I have better luck using the side of the nail art pen verses the tip, it's all about personal preference.

Creat dots using your dotting tool

Put a small amount of nail polish in foil and start making dots! Take your dotting tool or toothpick, dip the end point in polish and let the dots flow onto your nail. Don't press too hard.

Tips for creating dots: Be patient, take your time. And, practice, practice, practice! Before you start, try messing around on sheet of paper so you don't ruin your mani. When positioning dots, I always use a diagonal pattern. It's much easier than vertical or horizontal placement. 

Finished Result: Black tips Polka dots

Tada! Finish with a fast dry top coat and your good as gold. Easy enough, no?

Have a fabulous Thursday!

(9) Comments

Judy said on Aug 6th, 2009 9:59 am
This is a great tutorial for polka dots!

Angie said on Aug 6th, 2009 12:23 pm
Ditto to what Judy said!! Great tutorial! Gotta try this, it's absolutely adorable!

Danica said on Aug 6th, 2009 3:19 pm
Thanks for this cute french/polka dot tutorials. I am awful at polka dots and especially making them all the same size. i never use the tin foil though, maybe I should!

Lucy said on Aug 8th, 2009 12:24 am
I always love your dotty manicures Steph! Very pretty and thanks for the tutorial.

sere11a said on Aug 8th, 2009 4:07 am
hey steph. this is soooo cuteee! what color did you use for your base? thanks :)

Angie said on Aug 17th, 2009 3:39 am
Super cute! I didn't know it was so easy to do adorable tips :)

Julie said on Aug 19th, 2009 10:13 pm
I'd love to share this on my polka dotted blog! Would that be okay? I'd link to your blog, of course. I look forward to hearing from you.

Steph said on Aug 19th, 2009 11:06 pm
Hi Julie, Sure, no worries! Thanks so much for asking :)

Sanna said on Aug 21st, 2009 6:49 am
That is awesome

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