Don’t forget to read other posts in the Nail Art Series – Dressing Up Your Nails ! and Mix N Match Nails.

What do you do when you want to try out a nail art design but don’t own the right tools? You “make do” with something available at home. All you need to start is some nail polishes in the colours you love, a transparent top coat, toothpicks, duct tape and Patience!

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First pick a base colour of your choice and paint it onto you nail. Customise using dots (use toothpicks for the dots and duct tape to cordon off the parts you don’t want nail paint on) and let it dry. Finally add a clear top coat for a shiny result.

The size of the dots can be varied simply by using the pointy end of the toothpick for smaller dots and the back end for slightly larger ones. The designs you can create with just dots are endless. You could do dots in a single horizontal/vertical file, use them to create a flower or just fill your nail with arbitrarily patterned dots of different colours!

So gather your nail paints and design away!


This is our first post in the Nail Art Series. You can see the others – Nail Art 101 : All About Dots and Mix N Match Nails.

This is a departure from usual with something girlie. What do you get when you mix a girl and some free time? Most often than not the answer is something to do with clothes, makeup and/or gossip. In my case it turned out to be a Nail Adornment Session. I did have free time but not the right tools so I looked for inspiration and tips on YouTube. My first attempt was a debacle ! No, I am not exaggerating !

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The one on the left is the debacle. After that though, I was determined to do better on my other hand. This time what I did was:

  • STEP 1 – Visualising a Design and prepping for it.

I traced lines with a sketch pen on my nail according to the design in my head (I’m sure this is going to harm my nail somehow). Then used cello-tape to mark off the area I didn’t want nail polish on. That’s the picture on the right.

  • STEP 2 – Applying Base Coat

Then I applied metallic nail paint on the part without cello-tape. What this did was give me a clean line. Ideally I should have used the white strips that come in French manicure kits (Sorry, I don’t know what they are called).

  • STEP 3 – Adornment and Top Coat

This is the part where you can go crazy and experiment ! I put little dots with white nail paint on the diagonal line with the help of a toothpick. You can see the result below. Please excuse my lack of neatness and Top Coat. I’m a newbie and didn’t have any clear polish.

Dressed Up Nails

If I may say so myself, the second try isn’t bad at all. Free time well spent J

TIPS AND TRICKS – You can use the back end of toothpicks, matchsticks, bobby pins, old pens etc for dots of different sizes. Old Eye liner brushes work well for thin lines. You can improvise as you go along. For video inspiration go here. This YouTube Channel is a great help. Trust me !

So take notes and Dress up your Nails girls ! All you need is nail polishes and some creativity.

This post is dedicated to my friend who inspired me with her Nail Art page on Facebook – Punkster Nails.