I love nail polish. I have a huge bag of it with every color imaginable. It’s obvious I like polka dots too, as you can see in one of my articles on Game Day outfits. I decided I wanted to paint my nails orange in support of the Bengals vs. Colts game tomorrow night, but I didn’t want to just do a plain orange manicure. So, I created a little bit of nail art in just a little bit of time. Follow these simple steps and you too can rock some nail art for your team’s next game.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Base Coat (I use China Glaze)
- Two shades of nail polish (I went with Zoya’s Paz and OPI’s Alpine Snow)
- Top Coat (I use OPI)
- Dot-maker (for lack of a better term)
You could buy a dot maker at a beauty supply store, but I decided to just make my own. All you have to do is push the sharp end of a pin into the eraser of a pencil and voila! Now that you’ve got your supplies, let’s get started.
First, you want to apply your base coat. It does two things: it helps the polish adhere better and for longer and it also helps keep the polish from staining your nails. Let that dry for a couple minutes.
Next, you’re going to paint 2-3 coats of your base color onto your nails. I decided to go for mainly white, with an accent nail in orange. Let that fully dry for about 10-15 minutes.
Then, you’re going to start your dots! Pick the accent color (for me it was orange on 4 nails, white on one) and dip your dot maker into your nail polish. You can either pour some out onto a plate or just put your dot maker into the jar- it’s up to you. Gently place the polish-covered dot maker on your nail. That’s it! Repeat as often on each nail as you like. The amount of polish on the dot maker is what determines the size of the dot, so experiment a bit. You can even do different color dots if you’re feeling crazy. Let the dots dry and then finish with a top coat.
So there you have it- a simple yet stylish game day manicure. I can think of so many color combos for this design: black with silver for the Raiders, red with navy for the Patriots or Texans, or green with gold for the Packers. Just be creative and remember that there’s no wrong way to do it!