dots and patterns on nail art

Mini Roses | Nailing It

Mini Roses were one of the first styles of nail art that ever I learned.  This design is way easier than it looks and is sure to attract lots of attention.  I love how the rose pattern looks like old, floral wallpaper, while simultaneously feeling modern and fresh.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) White Nail Polish

4) Red Nail Polish

5) Pink Paint

6) Green Paint

7) Medium Sized Dotting Tool (or the end of a paint brush)

8) Small Paint Brush


1) Begin with a base coat on all of your nails.

2) Start the design with two coats of white nail polish.

3) Place a medium sized dotting tool into the pink paint.

4) Create a bundle of three small dots together.

5) Continue this pattern across the entire nail.

6) Dip your brush into green paint.

7) On each rose, paint two small leaf shapes outside of the petals.

8) After cleaning off the brush, use it again by dipping it in red polish.

9) Create small curves on the inside of each rose to add more detail.

10) Once dried, finish off with a top coat to seal the design in place.

Clouds | Nailing It

Today’s nail art tutorial is a simple design for nail art beginners.  Clouds are the perfect starting design as it only requires the use of two colours and a dotting tool.  If you don’t have a nail art dotting tool, using the back of a paintbrush or pen works just as well.  Use different sizes to create a variety of clouds.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) Light Blue Nail Polish

4) White Acrylic Paint

5) Large Dotting Tool (the end of a paintbrush or pen works as well)


1) Begin with a base coat on your nails.

2) Next, paint all of your nails with two coats of a light blue polish.

3) Dip your large dotting tool into white paint.

4) Place one dot anywhere on the nail.

5) Create a cloud shape by placing about four or five dots immediately next to and around the first dot.

6) Re-dip your dotting tool into the white paint and repeat steps 4 and 5 over the nail to create a cloud pattern.

7) Finish the look with a top coat.

Halloween Eyeballs | Nailing It

It’s October which means Halloween is coming up!  It’s time to create some festive nail art designs.  This eyeball pattern is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit, without being overly spooky.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) Black Nail Polish

4) White Paint

5) Black Paint

6) Variety of Other Nail Polish/Paint Colours (I chose green, yellow, and blue)

7) Large and Small Dotting Tool(s)


1) Prepare your nails with a base coat.

2) Paint your nails with two coats of black nail polish.

3) Dip your large dotting tool into the white paint.

4) Place two large dots side by side anywhere on your nail.

5) Dip a smaller dotting tool into any coloured nail polish or paint.

6) Place another dot within each of the white dots.

7) Clean off the small dotting tool and lightly dip it into the black paint.

8) Place a black dot within each coloured dot.

9) Repeat steps 3-8 all over your nail, using different colour combinations for each set of eyes.

10) Finish off with a layer of top coat over all your nails.

Fresh blue tile inspired nail art tutorial. So glad I finally came up with an easier edition of this cool inspo!

1. Paint your base with a blue polish.
2. Make a smooth squiggly line down the center of the nail with white polish.
3. Make more wavy lines, but flipped so that the peaks of the waves touch, as seen above.
4. Using light blue polish, make a dot towards the top of one of the round areas created, and drag down just a bit. You want to create a teardrop shape.
5. Repeat step 4 until you have 4 perpendicularly placed teardrop shapes per area.
6. Make a small dot at the center of each flower shape using dark blue polish.

Finish off with a topcoat and enjoy!


PARTY FAVOR - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - urban

  • Revlon - urban + coastal surf + 1,000 volts
  • Essie - sugar daddy
  • Sally Hansen - pacific blue + pucker up
  • L'Oreal - tangerine crush + royalty reinvented
  • Sinful Colors - bright lucite + chick chick
  • Cover Girl- pink-finity
  • blue caviar beads
  • silver iridescent hex glitter
  • red bow

This is the second look using Revlon - urban. Visit the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.

This lovely polka dot mani is spot on. 

step 1: hydrate with apricot cuticle oil.
step 2: clean then prep nails with an essie base coat.
step 3: apply 2 coats of ’chinchilly’. let dry
step 4: polish the top half of the nail with ’smokin’ hot’. let dry.
step 5: using a toothpick, bobby pin, or dotting tool dipped in ’smokin’ hot’, apply the dots in a symmetrical pattern. let dry. 
step 6: shine + seal with an essie top coat