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Polka dot nails

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One Nail To Rule Them All: Polka Dot Nails

What better way to make a statement than with pretty polka dot nails? We love this white on green mani featuring the fun, floral twist of roses on the thumb.


  • Models Own – Lime Green
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Red


  1. Start with your base colors. In this case, use Lime Green for your fingers and Matt White for your thumb.
  2. When your base is completely dry, apply the white polka dots to the green.
  3. Next, paint bigger dots in red on your thumb using the same technique. While these dots are still wet, use a pin or a very thin dotting tool to create a swirl in each dot. Wipe off any polish build up from your tool and repeat as necessary.
  4. Using your dotting tool, place green dots around the roses in order to create leaves.
  5. Once dry, apply a top coat to your design.

Tips & tricks

  • When applying your dots, it’s a good idea to use a small plastic tray to drop nail polish onto and then dip the dotting tool into that.
  • Be patient. The calmer you are, the clearer your dots will turn out.

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