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Nail Art: Floating Neon Polka Dots

Floating Neon Polka Dot Nail ArtOh hey. It’s Alli. Back with another manicure that involves polka dots!

I’ve always had a thing for polka dots but ever since I ordered a new set of dotting tools from Amazon I’ve been going a bit polka dot crazy.

For this manicure I really wanted the polka dots to look like they were just floating on the nail. I used a sheer nude for a base (essie Mademoiselle) and because I wanted the neon polka dots to be really bright I added a layer of polka dots with white polish (I used essie Private Weekend) before adding the neon colors.

Because I wanted the polka dots to look like they were floating I only added polka dots towards the tips of my nails. I also concentrated the large polka dots toward the tips.

Once I got the white polka dots down I used 4 different bright polishes to add color; China Glaze Towel Boy Toy, Orly Saturated, China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts and Orly Key Lime Twist.

I let this manicure dry a good half hour before adding a top coat (Revlon Quick Dry) to avoid smearing the polka dots.

Interestingly after doing just the white polka dots I really liked this manicure and considered skipping adding color to the manicure at all but I do like the way this turned out. It’s fun for summer. Plus, it wore SO well since tip wear and small chips are essentially undetectable.

There are a slew of swatches under the jump.

I did include a picture of this manicure with just white polka dots under the jump. I still might prefer that version but I can’t decide! I think the white polka dot manicure would be lovely for a wedding. Anyhow, let me know which version you like best!


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Nail Art: Gray Polka Dot Manicure

Gray Polka Dot Nail Art It’s no secret I’m totally swooning over Orly Key Lime Twist. Because of that Key Lime Twist has spent a lot of time on my nails. But, I got a new set of dotting tools and I was itching to give them a go. And that’s how this manicure happened. Because Key Lime Twist is […] Continue reading →

Nailspiration: Flash Tattoos

Nailspiration Flash Tattoos The Daily Varnish Flash tattoos. The trend now that the weather is getting warmer that I can’t seem to get away from! While I like the idea of flash tattoos they’re not exactly practical for everyday life. So I decided to take the idea of flash tattoos and turn it into a manicure. Most of the flash tattoo […] Continue reading →

Nailspiration: Marc Jacobs Nail Art

Marc Jacobs Nail Art In the comments on my China Glaze Red-y to Rave post Nat and I were talking about mixing nude and neon polishes. That is one of my favorite summer trends. It was big last year and is still around this year. One of my favorite manicures from last summer was my Tried the Trend Nude […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: DIY Gravel Manicure

DIY Gravel Manicure It’s been ages since I’ve done a DIY! Mostly that’s because nail polish trends have really gone towards creme finish polishes. Nude nails in particular have been really popular and on trend. It seems every time summer rolls around textured manicures make their way back into the conversation. This summer’s textured manicures are really earthy […] Continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure 2015

St. Patrick's Day Manicure 2015 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!! I hope everyone is wearing green today. When I was a kid I didn’t like green much (still not one of my favorite colors) so my parents always told me that since my last name was Fitzpatrick I didn’t have to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. I have no idea […] Continue reading →