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The easiest polka dot nail art tutorial you’ll ever read

Q-tips™ are the best way to clean up a messy manicure, but they’re also great for creating a great nail design.


  • Q-tips™ Precision Tips
  • Deborah Lippmann ‘Groove is in the Heart’
  • Deborah Lippmann ‘Sugar Daddy’
  • Essie ‘Blanc’
  • Essie ‘Borrowed and Blue’
  • A piece of tin foil

Nail art set up, chosen nail polishes and Q-tips


Begin with a base coat in the colors of your choice.

Hand with painted nails in different colors

Put a few drops of each color onto a small piece of tin foil for easier dipping.

Preparing to create the polka dots with a Q-tip

Dip the tip of the cotton swab into a color and begin dotting in any pattern you wish; repeat for other colors using a fresh cotton swab for each polish.

Creating the polka dot nails with a Q-tip

If you get any nail polish on your skin, use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover and gently brush it away. (Using the precision tip ones will help you get closer to the nail without touching the nail itself!)

Use a Q-Tip to clean up your nails and remove nail polish from your skin

Let the polish dry and finish with a top coat.

Use a top coat to protect your polka dot nails

Finished polka dot nails

This post was sponsored by Q-tips.

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