Dotted Nail Art

Sunday, 15 May 2011 - 21 Comments

If you follow me on Facebook (if you don’t you’re missing out!) you may have seen one of these already since I was asking you for more colour combinations. As promised I did an entire series of these dotted manicures! I had so much fun doing these and the best thing is, they’re really easy to do, not to mention fast! You just need a dotting tool or something similar like an old ballpoint pen or a bobby pin.


Base Colour: China Glaze Electric Pinapple. Dots: Barry M Spring Green, American Apparel Army Jacket, Catrice Sir Yes Sir, American Apparel Malibu Green.


Base Colour: Essence You Belong To Me. Dots: Models Own Peach Puff, Barry M Pure Turquoise, China Glaze Below Deck, American Apparel Passport Blue.


Base Colour: Catrice Up In The Air. Dots: H&M Spring Nails in White, Beige, Brown and Blue.


This colour combination with metallic colours was suggested by Amy! Thank you so much Amy for this brilliant suggestion. It looks so amazing in person, it was very hard to capture since metallics are so reflective.

Base Colour: American Apparel Passport Blue. Dots: China Glaze Cheers To You, China Glaze Midnight Kiss, Gemey Gris City, Essence Nothing Else Metals.


Base Colour: Barry M Berry Ice Cream. Dots: Barry M Mushroom, Barry M Dusky Mauve, Barry M Bright Purple, Catrice Plum Play With Me.


Base Colour: Models Own Peach Puff. Dots: American Apparel Army Jacket, American Apparel MacArthur Park, Barry M Bright Purple, China Glaze Below Deck.

Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

  • I like the one with the catrice up in the air base the best. But they're all beautiful.

  • They are aaaaal so beautiful. But the combo I prefer, it's the third, that with Catrice- Up in the air for base polish

    • Thank you both! My personal favourite is the one above, with Essence You Belong To Me as a base :D

  • i love these! can you tell me what font you use for your watermark? it’s lovely :)

    • Thank you! And of course, it's Victoria's Pixel Font but I'm afraid I can't remember where I found it :( Though I'm pretty sure if you look for pixel fonts you can find something very similar if not the same! :)

  • thanks so much emily!

  • Liese

    wooooowwwww. echt zo mooi allemaal

  • LOVE the one with the American Apparel Passport Blue base… I'm actually working on a similar one right now using Revlon Top Speed Stormy as a base, with Sally H. Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Gunmetal, OPI Glamour Game, Nicole by OPI Positive Energy and Nicole by OPI You're A Star for the dots! Gorgeous simple idea!!

  • Thank you! Yes these dotted nail art manis are really easy but so much fun to do. Your colour combo sounds amazing, I'm sure it will look great!

  • love them all, but i favor the catrice base. now when are you gonna explain how you made this lovely concoction? adore!

    • Thank you! Well like I wrote, you just make dots with a dotting tool or a toothpick or anything similar… There really is no further explanation to it! It's very very easy! :)

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  • I really like this! This particular design is so colourful and simple. I even made my own colour combination:

    Also: I love your blog (:

    • Thank you so much! I think we were on each others blogs at the same time cause I saw the pingback and placed a comment on your blog just now! :D Really love your colour combo, it looks really wonderful!

  • this is such a cute idea! im going to try this!

    do you top coat before or after you dot your nails? or do you do both?

    • I paint my nails, wait for it to thoroughly dry (this step is very important!), add dots and add topcoat at the end :) Hope that helps! Good luck X

  • Hi Emily,

    My name is Martine and I work for American Apparel. I came across your blog while scouring the net for some cool nail art inspirations and loved how you used American Apparel nail polish in your post.

    Every week we choose our favorite blog posts to feature on our "Best of Seen and Submitted" and this week we focused on our favorite nail art posts. We featured y I hope that's alright with you. Check out the link below. It includes your image, a credit and link back to your original post.

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  • joylin

    Nice photos *0*

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