Beauty/Cosmetics / Nail Art


One of the many things I love about being a blogger, is the supportive community that you’re instantly welcomed into! I’ve recently joined a group called F.B.L and the amount of support and inspiration I have received from the girls in there has been incredible! I recently came across Tia from a life, travel and DIY blog and she has kindly invited me to write a guest post , and gave me the freedom to blog anything of my choice!

Unfortunately I am not as savvy as Tia with DIY, so I decided to do something that is sort of DIY… Polka Dot Nail Art!

I love polka dot nails purely because they look simple and fun! However, despite their simple appearance, achieving perfect polka dots can quite frankly drive you nuts, or dotty in this case?

So what is the secret? Nothing! All you need is a steady hand and a good tool! The trick in polka dots is getting the spacing between the dots right! Once you get the hang of it! It should be a breeze!

Step by step guide for Polka Dot Nails

What you will need:

  • A base coat
  • A top coat
  • 2 colours of your choice
  • a dotting tool or Kirby clip if you don’t have one
  • a piece of scrap paper

Items Featured above

Nails inc Base Coat

e.l.f Cosmetics Nail Polish, Smoky Brown

American Apparel Nail Polish, California Trooper

Seche Vite Top Coat

Dotting Tool, eBay

Piece of scrap paper


Apply a base coat to protect your nails from staining and allow to dry.


Apply two thin coats of your chosen polish and allow to dry. I have reversed the colours on the ring finger just to mix it up a little. You don’t have to do this if you don’t like of course.


This is where your little bit of scrap paper comes in. Place a dot of polish on to the paper. This is for dipping your dotting tool/kirby clip in to apply the dots.


Dip your dotting tool or clip into the drop of polish. Now you are ready to start dotting!

TIP: Clean you dotting tool with a nail polish remover soaked pad in between rows of dots to avoid clumps  andkeep the manicure mess free!

Begin by creating the middle row of dots first, start from the bottom and work your way up towards the nail tip.

Next, do the same on left and right side of the middle row of dots. Make sure the dots are evenly spaced and sized. You don’t want them to look squished or clustered. Once finished, you should only have 3 rows of dots.

TIP: For best results, do the two side rows slightly higher or lower than the middle row like in the picture above.


Once you do all your fingers, it’s time to apply a top coat to finish the look! You will see that a top coat instantly perfects the dots! I don’t know why, but the dots always appear rounder and tidier once the top coat is on!


That’s it guys, perfect polka dot nails in 5 easy steps! I hope you found my first ever nail art tutorial useful and easy to follow! I hope to be doing more of these in the future so any feedback would be great!

Thanks for reading guys!

17 thoughts on “HOW TO: POLKA DOT NAILS

  1. This is fantastic, you’re so neat. I’m quite cackhanded at doing my nails, whenever I see my sister I get her to do them for me!

    where can I buy that tool from? It looks like its a lot easier than using a kirby grip.

    • The little dotting tool makes it so much easier! Its only from eBay! very cheap aswell u get them in a pack of 4 or 5 I think in different sizes for about £4-5 :)


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