Gradient Dotticure Nail Art Tutorial

By | August 19, 2013

Dot manicures, or ‘Dotticures’ are very trendy right now, so today I’m going to show you a simple version of a dotted gradient.

First, you’ll need to choose three colours. They don’t have to match, your options are very much open with this. Three colours, whatever you’d like! For mine, I chose Zoya Blu, Picture Polish Bombshell and OPI DS Mystery.


You’re also going to need a dotting tool, preferably one that is double ended with two different sized ends. If you don’t have one, you can use a bobby pin, the two different ends will give you different sized dots.


Step 1- Choose your base colour and paint your nails. I used Zoya Blue, and did 2 coats. Let it dry.


Step 2- Get a scrap piece of paper, or tin foil, or an old plastic lid. Anything really that you can use as a ‘palette.’ Put a drop or two each of the remaining two polishes on it.

Step 3- Using the thicker end of your dotting device, put a few spots with one of the colours randomly on your nail.

Step 4- Same as Step 3, but using the other colour.

Step 5- Using the smaller end of the dotting device, and both polishes, fill in the gaps with smaller dots, but also dot randomly further down the nail. Don’t go all the way to the cuticle.

Step 6- Top coat, clean up, and done!

It’s a seriously simple nail art style, and one that leaves you with endless possibilities! Go forth and dot!

Bec is a qualified Nail Tech and Beauty Therapist. She can be found over at LacquerDreams, or playing pokemon.

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