Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Wanna Polka...

Hello all! Welcome to my new blog: Nikki's Nail Files! I hope you enjoy what's to come (designs, swatches, posts, etc.) and will check back often and offer comments and ideas :)

polka dot manicure; polka dot tips; polka dot nail design; nail designs with multicolor polka dots

I love polka dots. I think they're so cute and playful and they happened to be how my nails were designed when I created this blog so I decided to use them as my very first blog entry!

Get this look: I started with a base coat of Orly Bonder and then followed with two coats of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nourishing Nail Color on each nail.

For the tips I used a different color on every nail:
Thumb - China Glaze Shower Together
Index - China Glaze Pink Voltage
Middle - China Glaze In The Limelight
Ring - OPI Flit A Bit
Pinky - China Glaze Solar Power

After they dried I used a Kiss Brush-On Nail Art striper in black to make a line, made a couple China Glaze White on White polka dots on each tip, and finished with a coat of Orly Won't Chip.

I thought this was so cute that I did it on my toes too!

Plus, as a bonus, these are a few designs I had tried and taken pictures of before I started this blog. I thought I had more but these three are it :(

For the top (hot pink zebra tip nails) I started with a coat of Orly Bonder. Then I applied two coats of China Glaze Limbo Bimbo. I painted a little under half the nail Orly Liquid Vinyl and used Kiss Brush-On striper in White for the zebra stripes. Of course (no mani is complete without a top coat!) I finished up with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

The single nail beach scene was something I tried that didn't really work out too well. I started with China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat. The first coat of polish was China Glaze Moody Blue. I then used China Glaze Frostbite as the ocean. For the design I used Wet'n'wild 423B as the sun, China Glaze Coconut Kiss as the sunset sky, Kiss Brush-On White and China Glaze In The Limelight as the palm tree. The island was China Glaze Chocodisiac. Topped it off with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

The third is a design I did for my Mom before a zoo trip. It's my attempt at a giraffe design. I used an Orly Bonder base coat, two coats of China Glaze Chocodisiac and made the lines from Kiss Brush-On White. Nails were finished with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

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