Not everyone has stamping tools and plates, but you can make a dotting tool out of various items around your home. This Valentine’s Day dotticure nail art can be done in any colour to match your outfit, but I went with sparkly versions of black, gold and red on a white background. While easy to do, it gives your nails a nail art look that says you spent ages on them.
Polishes /Tools used
- Essence Wild White Ways (base)
- Zoya Storm (black holo)
- Sally Hansen InstaDry in Go for Gold
- piCture pOlish in Arabian
- Essie Gel Setter top coat
- Dotting tool (medium sized)
Valentine’s Day Dotticure
I started with two coats of Essence Wild White Ways which has become my go to for nail art as it is affordable and doesn’t have that chalky white look to it.
Once your base colour is dry, start with your dots. I prefer to use the darker colour first so went with Zoya Storm, a beautiful black holo polish. Work the dots in an L shape from one side of your nail, then add some more for a triangle. Let those dots dry and then use the other colours to fill in the spaces.
On my ring finger, I added a heart with piCture pOlish in Arabian by making two dots and dragging them to a point then using the smaller end of my dotting tool to fill in any spaces.
You could use almost any polish for this look, but the more opaque the better for dotticures as it is almost impossible to go over the same dot perfectly with a second coat. I went for polishes with a bit of sparkle because it is for Valentine’s Day and who doesn’t love a little sparkle?
DIY Dotting Tools
There are many items around your home that you can use for dotting tools. One of my favourites is the round end of sewing pins. I just put an eraser on the sharp end of the pin so I don’t stab myself. Other items you can use
- orange sticks
- hairpins/bobby pins (the ones with the plastic ends would be the perfect size for this dotticure)
- old pens with no ink