Tutorial: White and Black Dalmatian Nails
Cruella De Ville and her pesky little friends showed up on the catwalk at Topshop Unique's Fall/Winter 2011 Collecton. From models' dog-shaped buns and painted noses to Dalmatian print ankle boots and shawls - the collection was all about the doggy days. But what really captured my attention, the black and white Dalmatian inspired nails created by Celebrity Manicurist, Sopy Robson.
I'm all about ease and simplicity when it comes to freehand nail art. Because if I can't replicate the look on my non dominant hand, what's the point? And I'm happy to say, this design requires NO practice whatsoever! It's super, super easy.
What I used: Nubar Foundation (base), LA Colors in Energy Source (white), Wet n Wild Black Creme (for black spots), China Glaze Fast Forward (top) and dotting tool.
Skill Level: Beginner
Step 1: After applying a base coat, start with a white creme such as a french white (Sophy used a white matte).
Step 2: Dip the dotting tool (toothpicks & bobby pin ends are good household alternatives) into black polish and begin dotting all over the nail. Depending on the style, you can make them small, medium or large. You can also get this look using a nail polish brush or striper; I just have better luck with a dotter since my nail beds are so small.
Tip: I started with a single dot building outward with additional dots to create my desired shape. So basically, a dot within a dot that expands. As long as you have enough polish on the surface, you can pretty much mold your dots to any size or shape. Just continue with a dotting motion until you're happy with the design.
Step 3: Finish with your favorite glossy top coat.
You can go wild and crazy with several large and small Dalmatian dots
Tame it down with just a few large and smaller dots. Which design do you prefer?
It's simple as 1-2-3! What do you think of Dalmatian Print Nails? Is this a look you would try? How do you think I did?
Posted by Steph at 10:39:pm
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Alexis said on Feb 27th, 2011 2:22 pm
This is SO fab, I know I can actually do this!!
Alexa said on Feb 27th, 2011 3:59 pm
That is a great look. I love how you do great nail art and have shorter nails. A lot of women are afraid it won't look good on them but you prove them wrong!
MK said on Feb 27th, 2011 10:22 pm
I did a ladybug-style project for TKB Trading recently but with white dots on red polish but I also kept thinking about that old song about a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini.
ShellyStewart said on Mar 1st, 2011 4:49 pm
LOVE the look!!!! Hummm I think I may need to invest in some white polish and try this!
I just wanted to say, as a new follower, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you have short nails. Makes me happy that I finally found out that it is OK to have nice SHORT nails!
Kelli said on Mar 6th, 2011 9:25 am
It's funny as soon as you blogged about dalmatian nails, now everyone is doing it... including Nylon Mag, their post looks a little too familar!