It rained this week in LA (and it was like the apocalypse as usual), but reminded me that fall is almost here. I thought I’d embrace this “almost fall” time to set aside the bright pinks for a week and bring out my fall mani colors. Here I’m using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe and Essie Chinchilly.
I love Cashmere Bathrobe because it looks professional from far away, but up close there are tiny little sparklies in the polish. Business from afar, party up close!
Essie Chinchilly is my favorite grey ever. It has a slight tinge of purple mixed into the grey color. Its just so pretty. Its my grey equivalent to Essie’s classic Ballet Slippers pink. It’s perfect to slather on real quick without showing any application imperfections. I could go on all day about Chinchilly. Love it. You should get it. You need it in your life.
Okay now that I’ve given my schpeal on the colors, here’s what you’ll need to get this polka dot look:
- Orly Base Coat
- Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
- Essie: Chinchilly
- Seche Vite Top Coat
- Dotting Tool with Nail Art Brush or dotting tool and nail art brush separately
- Scrap business card or scrap paper
I prepped my nails with my usual routine of removing old polish, trimming my nails, shaping with a nail file, and trimming cuticles. Next, I applied my Orly base coat followed by my first coat of color. I applied Cashmere Bathrobe to all my nails except my index finger, where I applied Chinchilly as an accent nail.
Three coats later, we’re prepped and ready for some polka dots.
Using my scrap business card, I dropped some Cashmere Bathrobe onto the card and used my dotting tool to pick up some polish and start gently dotting on the nail.
Tip: Apply the polish lightly. You don’t want to create dents in the base polish you’ve already created or a big dimple in the dot you’re creating.
I apply the dots in a row at a downward angle to start. Then, I apply the second row of angled dots at the midpoint of the previous row. This ensures an even dotting pattern down the nail.
Here’s it looks like after dotting all four fingers.
Next, I cleaned up the edges with nail polish remover. I usually wait until this point to do any clean up because I dot all the way to the edge of the nail, even if it means I get half the dot on my cuticle. This makes the pattern more realistic rather than looking like it truncates at a certain point.
After the clean up, I applied a my Seche Vite top coat. Be careful apply with a light touch (don’t press the brush down too hard) to keep the dots from smearing. I don’t normally have a problem with this when I use Seche Vite, but it has happened and I try to be as careful as I can.
To extend the life of the my mani, I usually wrap the tips with my top coat. This means to brush horizontally along the tips so the top coat wraps around the tip of the nail. I find that when I do this, it keeps the edges from slowly chipping off during the week.
Here’s the finished look!