NOTD: Mermaid Polka Dot (Tutorial)


Who says that polka dot nails are boring? Polka dots can be sexy & mysterious!
And applying them to a mani is simple, too! Here's a little tutorial for my Mermaid Polka Dot nails.


Click on the pictures to enlarge!

The colours really remind me of a mermaid's tail, hence the name!
All we’ll be needing is a matte top coat, a turquoise nail polish, a gold nail polish, a black nail polish and a bobby pin.

Yes, that is the smelly nail polish from H&M that I do not like. But I needed a gold for this mani, so I grabbed a scarf, tied it around my nose and mouth and went for it. I nearly died, but that's a side issue.  


1.  Start with a base coat. After applying your base coat, apply a layer of black nail polish. If your nail polish doesn’t cover properly, add another layer.

2. After your nail polish dried, apply a matte topcoat. It’s important you let the coats dry! You don’t want to ruin your mani, do you?

3. After your matte topcoat has dried, you’re going to start with making the colour for your polka dots. Get a piece of paper and let a few drops of the gold nail polish drop on it.

 4. Into the drop of gold nail polish, you drip some of the turquoise nail polish. The proportion has to approximately be 1/3 of turquoise nail polish and 2/3 of gold nail polish.

 
5. After that, carefully mix the two colours. Mix them like the picture and then stop. If you mix them too much, you get one new colour. But that’s not what we want! We want to see both colours in the mix and in the dots.

 
6. Get some of the mix on your bobby pin. The effect is most beautiful if you can still see both colours separately in the dot.

7. Dot away!

8. You can randomly put dots on your nail or you can put them in a structure like on the picture. Can you see the effect of the two colours?

9. Apply on all nails and you’re done! Make sure you let your nail polish dry. It takes a while before the dots dry. Enjoy your polka mani!
  

I love the contrast between the matte black and the shiny metallic gold & turquoise! And because you don't apply another topcoat, it actually looks like you have little buttons on your nails. 
You can do this with any colour!

Hope you liked the mermaid polka dots and the tutorial!



55 comments :

  1. Really pretty. Me likey :)

    Lizzums x
    http://benebelle.com

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  2. Love your nails! You're so creative to mix two colours together :D

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    1. Thank you so much! It suddenly came up to me and I wasn't sure it would work out. I'm glad it did! X

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  3. This is super pretty! Where is the Matte Topcoat from? xo

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    1. Thank you, lovely! It's from a store in the Netherlands called Hema. However, I don't recommend it at all. It leaves these weird white spots. I don't know why. I'm looking for a new matte topcoat :) X

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  4. Looks soo good Sal. A better way to make use of that H&M gold nail polish that doesn't last long :) xx

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! True! I've always loved the combination of those colours. Glad I could find a use for that stinky nail polish with bad quality! I have to say the mani lasted quite long :) X

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  5. This is really cool! Good job! :D

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  6. What a great idea and you did a really good job.It looks awesome!xx

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    1. Thank you, Sabrina! Glad you like it :) X

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  7. wow! really pretty nails! I like the dots :)

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  8. I want this on my nails right now!! :o

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    1. Then do it! Het is echt niet moeilijk. Als ik het kan.. Of wil je soms dat ik het voor je doe? ;) X

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  9. niiice one. I'll try it for sure! :)
    Xxx

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    1. Glad you like it! I'd love to see the result, so send me a photo when you do :) X

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  10. really nice idea! i really like your blog and if you're interested in following each other, it would be a pleasure! love, D.


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  11. Wauw super gaaf!
    Dit ga ik zeker een keer proberen!:D

    xoxo
    http://www.its-dash.blogspot.nl/

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    1. Dank je! Als je het probeert, lijkt het me superleuk om een foto te zien van het eindresultaat!! :) X

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  12. Eat your heart out Yayoi Kusama! Super precison with the dots, ours would be blobs xx

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    1. Lol! Well thank you, but I'm not such a huge dot queen! Well, the bobby pin does its work and makes perfect dots! You should give it a try! X

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  13. i love this manicure girl! you're a pro :)

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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    1. Thank you so much, Chioma! That's such a nice thing to say :) X

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  14. This is really cool design thanks for the step by step and for sharing.
    Love is :)

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  15. Heel erg mooi! Leuk dat je voor de stippen twee kleuren bij elkaar gebruikt hebt!

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  16. they look awesome - I am totally gonna try this!

    fashionable footprints

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    1. Thank you! You should :) Send me a photo if you do! I'd love to see the result :) X

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  17. WOW!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR MANICURE!!! I am horrible at nail art, so it's always nice to see someone who are talented in nail art :)

    The Closet 365

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    1. Awww THANK YOU! I'm not a big star in nail art myself! That's why I like to keep it simple. I bet you'd do great on this mani!! :) Xx

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  18. These are so pretty, really like the colour scheme. I've been feeling so uninspired when it comes to nails over the past month or two, it's been ages since I've done a nail post. Will have to get my creative hat back on :)
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, dear Melanie! Try Instagram and Pinterest. Those are good places to find some inspiration. Or try thinking of a theme or something you want to do (like above, polka dots) and then start thinking outside of the box! I'd love to see some nail arts from you :) Xxxx

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  19. This look so lovely! And you make it look so easy :) I've only recently found your blog but I think it's great xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

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    1. Thank you, Angelica! It doesn't only look easy, it IS easy! Try it! :) X

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  20. gorgeous nails!! :)

    www.myladyboudoir.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm obsessed with polka dots & hey! You find a way to use the bad H&M nailpolish! :D Love what you did, the results are gorgeous & so sophisticated
    I'll try this! <3 thankyouuu

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    1. To be honest, I'm not a fan of polka dots! But I really liked how this turned out and it has made my love towards the polka dot a bit bigger :) True! Even though I almost died while applying the nail polish.. Thank you so much, lovely! I'd love to see a photo when you do!! Xxx

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  22. so cute! i love how polka dots are a mix of two colors.
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  23. Very cute, love it!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

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  24. Wow this is a very cute nail art!
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    1. Thank you, Jessy! Glad you like it :) X

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  25. Wow! What a nice idea. Definitely gonna try it sometime.

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  26. oh my, this is super cute! love the metallic dots :)
    would you like to follow each other?
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    xx
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  27. Ziet er prachtig uit!



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  28. This is super cute! I think I will be trying this out but with silver and pink on matte black nails. Or maybe mint and pink on white nails .. this is definitely a great nail art tutorial!

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    1. Thank you, dear! Oh, I'd love to see those combinations! I might try them myself, thank you for the idea! If you try it, please share a photo. I'd love to see it!! X

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  29. Thank you all for your lovely comments, ladies!! I really enjoyed reading them. Thank you :) xxxxxxx

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  30. i have been seeing mermaid-related post a lot... and i love this one!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

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  31. This is really lovely!! I will try this one myself too :D

    Ixx

    Limesandsmiles

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  32. OH MY GOODNESS THESE NAILS ARE GORGEOUS! *apologies for the caps, they were necessary

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