NEW BEAUTY: Step-by-step to spot-on nails

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Above:  Nails created by OPI nail artist Cheryl Cooke.



This easy technique can be used in many ways to create a full design or to accent an existing one. Here we show you a simple dotting pattern that can be used with any colour combination that takes your fancy.



  • Expert Touch Lacquer Remover Natural Nail Base Coat
  • Top Coat
  • Drip Dry Lacquer Drying Drops
  • OPI You’re Such a Budapest
  • OPI Tomorrow never dies
  • OPI The World Is Not Enough Alpine Snow
  • (Or colours of your choice)
  • Nail wipes
  • Dotting Tool or bobby pin



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Above: Apply two coats of your chosen colour. Here we’ve used You’re Such a Budapest from the Euro Centrale Collection.


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Above: Use your dotting tool to add dots as shown on the nail in your chosen colour. Here we used Tomorrow Never Dies from the Skyfall Collection.


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Above: Take your next colour, Alpine Snow, and dot the nails again following the lines you have already done. The centre line will be covered by another colour, the white is used as a solid background as the next colour is sheer. If your next colour is solid then you can skip the centre line for now.


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Above: To finish the dots use The World Is Not Enough from the Skyfall Collection. Carefully dot over the top of the centre white dots. (Or if using a solid colour then add them now.  Finish the nails with OPI Top Coat and OPI Drip Dry.



We’ve just discovered Candy Girl which sells professional nail art dotting tools for $17.95 for a set of five.

This video shows how to make your own nail art dotting tool. It’s really easy and will save you shelling out for the real deal.

Take a look here.