My Dotty Rainbow Nails Are SO GOOD That I Kind Of Fancy Myself

I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but BEEP BEEP, baby!
Publish date:
April 16, 2013
nails, nail swag, cute nails, diy beauty

Firstly, I'd just like to start this post by saying that my thoughts are with everyone in Boston. I won't be able to express myself as clearly as s.e. did here, but I felt I needed to begin this post in this way. It may seem a little trite to post a nail art tutorial when such life-changing events are going on, so I wanted you to know that I am sending my love.

Last night, before the rolling news footage left me slack jawed and mortified, I knocked myself up a fab nail art design that I really want to share with you, because, not gonna lie, it's pretty bloody brilliant.

I like to call it the "Dotty Rainbow," because I am mega creative like that, and it's a dotty rainbow! I should get a job naming things.

This is a fun look for spring/summer and would also go down well around Gay Pride time, cos, you know, rainbows.

Here's how I did it!

You will need:

  • White nail polish (for the base): I used a Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener, as it's nice and opaque
  • Green nail polish: I used Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in "Going Green."
  • Blue nail polish: I used Essie's "Mesmerized" (one of my all time favorite blues!).
  • Red nail polish: Another Essie -- I used "Fifth Avenue."
  • Orange nail polish: Yet another Essie -- "Orange, It's Obvious."
  • Yellow nail polish: I used Barry M's Nail Paint in "Lemon."
  • Topcoat: I used my current favorite, Orly's Sec'n'Dry.
  • A bent out kirby-grip, or any type of dotting tool.
  • Nail polish remover and balls, for cleaning up.

How to do it:

I chose my rainbow colors, and white base, and lined them up in the order that I was going to use them. This was mainly so I didn't get confused and start dotting them all on in random orders. Small things, small minds.

I firstly painted all of my nails with my white base. Make sure you choose a really opaque white. I did two coats to make sure it was a nice, solid white.

Once the base polish has dried, this is when the fiddly (but worthwhile) part comes in.

Choose what order you want your colors to graduate in. I chose the darkest colors at the base of the nail, working up to the lightest, but I'm sure it looks just as good the other way. Whatever floats your boat!

Use your free hand to dip your dotting tool into the open bottle of one of the colors. When the dotting tool is nicely covered in a glob of polish, gently dot down onto your nails in a diagonal line, and do the same for all of your nails.

Then crack open the next color in the gradient, and repeat!

I used my own skin as a wiping cloth for the dotting tool, because I wasn't clever enough to think ahead and have something on-hand (see what I did there?) to clean it off onto before moving on to each new color. Maybe have something nearby to do that on. Or use your hand, like me! You'll look really cool and arty and creative.

After you've done your whole hand, try and do the same on the other hand without completely bodging it up. I had a contingency plan in place that if I messed it all up on my other hand then I would just paint each nail one of the rainbow colors -- that would still look awesome. But I'm sure you'll be fine! I don't recommend watching "The Real Housewives of Miami" while you do it though as it's really distracting.

Make sure that you leave enough time for the dots to dry completely before you cover your nails in topcoat, otherwise it will drag the dots and smear them all over the base, and you'll probably punch something or cry.

Once you've topcoated it all, you can clean up the edges and the rogue polish all over your hands/face (yep, I ended up with a stripe of red on my chin) and then admire your efforts and Instagram the shit out of it!

I love it, and the lady at the sandwich shop (big up to Fine Baps!) said she loved them. So my mission has been accomplished.

Will you try this out? Honestly, it's easy. DO IT!

Posting nail swag on Twitter: @Natalie_KateM.