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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nyx Girls - Dark Grey and more dots!

APPLICATION: Smooth
COATS: 2, but could have gotten away with 1 thick coat.
TOPCOAT?: Yes, after nail art dried.
SOURCE: Local beauty supply store
COMMENTS: When I first got my dotting tool, I searched google images for inspiration and came upon this site: http://www.patternsshop.com. This particular mani is inspired by this image, which they actually have in three different color ways. I'm including a screen shot of the image below as well for those who don't want to click the link..
Another favorite mani is born! I'll need to work on my size differences a bit, but it definitely helps to have 10 different sizes to work with in my dotting tool set.


My inspiration - yah, I basically copied the pattern!



Used Nyx Girls - Perfect Gray and FingerPaints - Paper Mache for the dots:


14 comments:

  1. The application of your dots could not be any more perfect. What is your favorite dotting tool?

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  2. @faerieberry: My favorite tool(s) is/ the dotting set shown in this post, which I purchased in downtown LA. I've also seen a similar set at the supply place in SG that I mentioned to you on MUA mail :)

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  3. How did you keep your hand so perfectly steady??
    That is utterly amazing!!!

    I've got a dotting tool, but to even begin to master that I'd have to take my nails off of my hands.

    Brava!!!

    Too fabulous!!!

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  4. I love this manicure! But my favorite is the one in the marble blue one you posted before :) it is amazing!

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  5. That's wild, Lady. You must have tons of patience to do such a perfectly neat job. Until I read the description I thought it was a Konad kind of thing. Awesome!

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  6. You have such great ideas, ánd you manage to get them perfect on your nails as well! That's one awesome mani right there!

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  7. Fabulous!!!! Very classy and charming. I love your dots manis.

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  8. Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate the encouraging feedback!

    @Paillette: How do I keep my hand steady? I don't! That's why I'm bad at drawing lines! I only have to keep steady for the moment when the tool touches my nail so I find it much easier - even on my non-dominant hand. I can take my time to aim, and then fire! You can do it too!

    @MK: I do sometimes wish it was Konad, but I'm not so good at that right now, and my nails are too large for the patterns I like the most. I comfort myself by saying at least I have more flexibility with patterns this way :)

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  9. Dots is your thing, girl! Beautiful... :)

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  10. Love!!! I recently got a set of dotting tools but I'm having trouble. My dots never flatten out. Do I need to work on wet polish?

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  11. @April:
    Hi April!
    No, you shouldn't have to work on wet polish, you can add the dots at any time. They will definitely add texture to your surface though. What I do, however, is I always come back after my dots are dried (or mostly dried) and put on a nice thick coat of topcoat. That helps the two layers look more like one and provides a smoother surface.

    Here's an example of my dots before topcoat:
    This photo
    And then with topcoat:
    This photo

    Also, if your dots are turning out too lumpy, try using a smaller size dotting head and actually touching the tool to the nail's surface when you dot. This should spread out the dot to a slightly larger diameter with less of a 3-dimensional bump.

    Let me know if this helps! If not I may have to do a photo tutorial or something.

    Have a great day!

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  12. So perfect! you're really good!

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