Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nail art: dotticure

Press sample.  The first nail art I ever attempted was a dotticure.  I didn't have any special tools whatsoever.  I told my husband what I wanted to do and he dug around in his toolbox and gave me some nail punches that actually worked.  But, now that I know what I'm doing, I appreciate professional tools as they make nail art much, much easier.  Born Pretty Store provided me with a dotting/marble tool.  It is 100% better than nail punches from a toolbox.

born pretty store item 21724

There are five dotting heads to this tool, plus a water marbling head.  The pen actually pulls apart so that you can store the heads inside the pen.  So, you get six tools in one.  This is important to me because six different tools take up a lot of room in my nail art tool drawer.  If you have been following my blog, you know packaging and pretty things are important to me.  This pen itself is a beautiful and functional package.

I used Born Pretty Store item #21724 Nail Art Dotting/Water Marbling tool for this mani:

1.  I started with a base of Pretty Woman Nail Polish Strawberry Cream.
2.  Apply matte top coat.
3.  Using the smallest dotting head, create dots using Pretty Woman Nail Polish German Chocolate.
4.  Apply matte top coat.

Video: this is the super sped up version I did for Instagram.

Tips: it's hard to see what I'm really doing in this incredibly fast video, so here's my tips on the dotticure mani.
1.  Don't be afraid.  If you mess up, just wipe it off and start over.
2. Matte your base color.  This will keep your design color in place.
3. Only put the design color on the very tip of the dotting tool head.  If your design head is completely covered in nail polish, you've gone too far.
4.  Clean the head often and redip in design color.  And, by often I mean like every third or fourth dot.  When I first started, I cleaned it every single dot.  Back then, my dotting was immaculate and now I'm getting a bit lazy.
5.  Dot the edges.  You can see this in my video.  I dotted the edges and then cleaned the excess.  This creates a full pattern design and not just perfect dots.
6.  Not perfect?  Go back over the dots, but only after they have dried.
7.  Smeared the dots?  It happens to the best of us.  Just expect it, don't let one smeared dot take away from the satisfaction of completing your well thought out dotticure. 

I hope this helped!

Born Pretty Store item #21724 can be purchased at this direct link.  Use my code, EPJX31, for 10% off your order.

Pretty Woman NYC products can be purchased at Pretty Woman NYC shop.

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  1. This little tool is genius! And I love your dotticure!

  2. I'm going to have to get that tool! I love how functional it is! I keep all my brushes, orange sticks and tools of this nature in a little pail and it is really crammed.

  3. For your first time with a dotting tool, it looks great!

    1. I've had other tools but this is my first big girl dotting tool.

  4. Super gadget, love dotty nails :)

  5. Beautiful dotticure! I love that tool.

  6. I'm going to need to get this tool! It's so handy! Your dots are perfect!


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