Fun, pretty nail polish for summertime

Aug 4, 2014 at 6:11 a.m. ET

I always love to have fun nail designs, especially for my summer beach vacations. This summer we are doing a low-key trip to California with our newborn. I wanted to do something fun and playful to celebrate our time at the beach.

For this trip I will be doing some fun polka-dot nails. Here are some tips for how I achieve this look with Q-tips Precision Tips.

  1. Paint your nails with a beachy base color, like nude or white.
  2. Cut off the end of the cotton swab to get rid of the cotton and leave just the base. It's the perfect little circle for polka dots.
  3. Drop some nail polish onto the cap of a polish remover or anything plastic and dip the end of the cotton swab into the nail polish.
  4. Carefully press the cotton swab onto your nail. Repeat to get however many polka dots you would like.
Let's say you want to get truly festive; turn this into a flower design. To achieve this look you'll create five dots with the end of a cotton swab in a flower shape. Then using a thick needle or anything solid with a small point create a line from the middle of the dot into the center of the 5 dots. Do that to all the dots, and add a yellow pop of color with your angled tip, and you have yourself a flower.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Q-tips and SheKnows.