Monday, October 15, 2012

Gradient Dot Nail Art

So I'm STILL obsessed with the dotting tool and experimenting with different sized dots using both ends. I decided to try a dot gradient using three different colored dots. I just picked up a new polish from the OPI Germany collection, so I decided that would be my base instead of a basic black. The color is called Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!, and it's a very dark grey matte that has a great smooth application. It also lasted for a week on my nails without chipping, which was really impressive. I'm a fan of using great quality base polishes, like OPI, since they don't chip as easily as others.

After two coats of the base color dried, I grabbed my make-shift paint palette (a paper plate) and my dotting tool and got ready to design. The top two rows were done with the larger end of the dotting tool in OPI Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. It's a great teal color and really pops on my nails.

The next two rows actually done using a second dotting tool that I picked up from It's So Easy Nails, the Double Up. The detailing brush is a little difficult to work with since the bristles are very think, but the dotting end is great and creates a perfect medium size dot. For my middle color, I used China Glaze For Audrey, one of Annie's favorites.

The last row was done with the small end of my dotting tool using one of my new favorites, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. For my larger nails, like the thumb, I did two rows of this small dot, but others just had one.

This is one of my favorite manis and was really easy to do, albeit somewhat time consuming. Totally worth it though, and I rocked these nails for almost a week — which is a lifetime for me!


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