The Easiest Nailart Technique

My aim with tillynailart is to show you that excessive amounts of fun and beauty can be created with minimal effort.

The nailart technique that requires the least effort and is best for beginners is polka dots.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Nails

Even if you’re not a beginner, polka dot nailart is still a brilliant style, and here are just a few reasons why:

1. Dots are great by themselves

Arrange them however you like, you’ll always get a striking pattern.

Spiral dotted nails

2. Dots can enhance an existing design

Add dots to a sponged gradient to liven it up.

Gradient Dot Nails 20140330-110001.jpg

3. Dots form a great backdrop

Florals are a beautiful addition to a clean dotticure.

Floral Polka Dot Nails

4. Dots can be piled up to form new shapes

Layer up your dots to form a crowning half moon floral pattern.

Yellow crowned nails

5. Dots are great for covering up mistakes

I’m still a complete amateur at watermarbling so dots serve as the perfect antidote to any smudges or bubbles!

Watermarble 2

6. There are multiple methods for making polka dots 

If you don’t have nailart tools and you want smaller dots, you could try using a cocktail stick.  Personally I can’t seem to make it work.  Or you might have a few tiny paint brushes that you could use to give it a go.


Using nailart pens is  a great way to branch into polka dots.  They are easy to use and come in lots of different colours.


However, my favourite way to create perfect shaped dots of any size is using dotting tools.  They have quite literally transformed my nailart life!


So there you have it – six reasons to give polka dot nailart a try and lots of design inspiration too!  Just remember not to put your top coat on immediately afterwards or you risk smudging your work.  Wait a bit and then blob it on rather than brushing it on.

I hope this has made you go dotty for nailart!  Tag your creations @tillynailart so I can see them too.


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