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!

20140215_230017 copy

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!