June 26, 2014

Seeing Spots

Dot Nail Art

I've finally caught up to present day in my posts for the Bundle Monster Challenge, so I was able to include some mid-way photos to go along with the steps.  Day 26 of the challenge is "Polka Dots."  Bundle Monster has quite a few dot-themed nail plates, but this overlapping dot look was a little different.  If my nails were longer, the design would look better, but it still turned out okay.

My pinky got a little smudgy with the stamp.  If I was going to leave my nails like this longer, I might have fixed it.  But since I've been repainting my nails almost everyday with this challenge, I decided to let it go.

nail polish

Polish Used:
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Green with Envy
Other Supplies:

Applying a clear base coat is extremely important with green polish because if you don't, you are guaranteed to have yellow nails afterwards.  But it is up to you.  Here is how to create this look:

  1. Start by painting your nails in a base color.  I'm using Green with Envy by Sally Hansen.  It is a limey bright green, perfect for summer.
  2. Next, stamp the design from nail plate BM-412 onto each nail.  I'm using Sydney by Julep because the vibrant orange is a good contrast with the green.  Don't worry if you stamped your skin too. Getting some of the stamp on your skin is normal, and inevitable if you have short nails like me.
  3. Add a layer of top coat, and place a gold stud on each of the three green dots in the center of the nail while the polish is still wet.  It is best to do this process one nail at a time so the top coat doesn't dry before you place the stud. 

The number of layers of top coat determines how long the studs are going to stay on.  The more top coat, the longer they'll stay.  More is always better in the case of top coat and 3D elements.

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