Thought that your nail art skill was on par with a ‘Pinterest fails’ gallery? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. But, every beginner has to start somewhere and practice really does make perfect. So if you’re looking for a novice-level design before you try a more ambitious look, then polka dot nail art is a great starting point. And it looks fabulous too!
Look 1: Stand-out ring finger
Step 1 – Begin with the base
File down your nails until they are all similar in shape and length. Then coat your nail with a base colour. We’ve gone for white as we want a striking monochrome finish but feel free to experiment! Apply two coats and leave to dry.
Step 2 – Go dotty
Dip a nail art/cuticle stick in black nail polish. To double check you’ve got the right amount of polish to create the perfect dot do a couple of tests on a piece of paper. Once you’re happy, create dots all over the nail.
Step 3 – Top coat
After the dots have dried, finish with a glossy top coat to seal your design for longer. We’ve gone for a single dotty nail look, but you can alternate dots and colours or go dotty all over.
Step 4 – Create a contrast
To make your polka dot ring finger really stand out, then opt for bright block colours on the rest of the nails. Or add a little glitz and glamour with glitter-specked polishes.
Look 2: Jigsaw dots
Step 1 – All about that base
Start with the perfect blank canvas by filing and buffing your nails. Next, apply two coats of white nail polish.
Step 2 – Create a contrast
Using black nail polish draw a diagonal line across the corner of the nail. Build up the colour until you have a block finish.
Step 3 – Add dots
Now for the playful factor, it's time to go dotty! Along your diagonal line, create three dots. To create them, dip a nail art stick/toothpick into black polish and use it to make blobs. Then, spread the polish evenly.
Step 4 – Add white dots
Once the first set of dots are dry, create more contrasting dots that sit in the empty space along the line. As you're using a different colour we recommend using new/clean tools to avoid any colour mixing.
Step 5 – Finishing touch
Once you're confident your design is dry add a glossy top coat to seal your nail art.
Step 6 – Repeat to complete
Repeat steps 1-5 on all your nails for a striking monochrome polka dot look.