the novice: Polka Dot Nails

Polka Dot Nails -Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish - Coastal Surf and Buttercup (7)I am anything but a ‘nail artist’ or even a good beauty blogger – as I really do not have any talent but simply an admiration.

But I thought it would be fun to try out some ideas from the big bad internet and pretty much try the ones where any idiot (like myself) can do it.

So instead of thinking ALL nail art is too hard and not even trying – there are  actually some pretty easy ones out there. So now we have the creation of a sporadic series of posts, all for the ‘novice' where I will attempt ideas from most likely the blogosphere (and give credit where it is due of course) and see what is in fact actually easy - for real novices NOT seasoned nail artists!

Polka Dot Nails is one of the most simple forms of nail art – so for that reason there is really no one to give credit too! However, my reason for doing it was because of International Polka Dot Day led by Maria from So Nailicious. So I thought I would live a little, and try nail art for the first time in well over 10 years!

What you need:
2 contrasting nail polish colours
1 base coat
1 top coat
At least 1 toothpick

What I Used:
Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf**
Revlon Colorstay Buttercup**
Revlon Super Top Speed (I was naughty and used this as a base and top coat)
1 toothpick

Polka Dot Nails -Toothpick - Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish - Coastal Surf and Buttercup (5)

1. Bring on the base!
Paint your nails with the base coat (clear nail polish to help avoiding staining your nails).

2. Paint on your dominant colour
Paint ALL of your soon to be pretty nails in your dominant/base colour – I used Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf which is the gorgeous blue pictured below.

Polka Dot Nails -Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish - Coastal Surf (10)

3. Let’s Polka Dot!
To create polka dots, grab your toothpick and dab one of the ends into your CONTRASTING nail polish colour (I used Revlon Colorstay Buttercup) and ‘stamp’ the toothpick onto you nail – since the toothpick is really thin depending on the bottle shape and consistency, you can actually dab in the lid or the nail polish stick itself for excess nail polish.

NOTE: After a few uses, the end of the toothpick in use may ‘collect’ nail polish which may affect the print of the polka dot – you may need to switch to using the opposite end of the toothpick or using multiple toothpicks.

4. Repeat Polka Dots until you are happy
Keep repeating the polka dots until you are happy and then once dry, paint over with a top coat (I used Revlon Super Top Speed). Easy!

Polka Dot Nails -Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish - Coastal Surf and Buttercup (1)

The Verdict:
Incredibly easy!
Easy – should be able to have what you need already at home.

Easy to Medium – this depends on your personality. If you are a perfectionist it will never be perfect (sorry!) so more patience and time may be required to consistently ‘stamp’ the perfect polka dots.
Otherwise the technique itself is easy. My polka dots were definitely not perfect – but they turned out fine! (or so I think)

Products marked with ** were gifts.


Beautiful Living said...

Looks great, coastal surf looks like a gorgeous shade! I'm following you now, love your blog :)

Tea said...

Thanks Citygirl907! I absolutely love the shade it's one of my favourites.

Thank you for the follow will be checking out your blog for sure!

Stefania Giubin said...

I love love LOVE the Relvon Top Speed Nail Polish because I hate waiting for my nails to dry. Using this top coat polish the time is halved!

Sarsie said...

How fabulous. I love the polka dots! Great to see some new fun colours.

Tea said...

It's the only top coat polish I own - very lucky it works well :)

Tea said...

Thanks Sarsie!

bubbly said...

Looks cute and easy to do. Love those colours too!

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