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12 Manicures of Christmas 08 // Christmas Dot Manicure

When it comes to nail art, I'm generally a simpler is better kind of girl. Mainly because I'm not an artist. But that hasn't stopped me from accumulating a whole bunch of nail art tools, most of which are dotting tools. This particular kind of dot manicure is one that I've wanted to try for a while now. So, I put a little festive Holiday spin on it...

Holiday Dot Manicure

Holiday Dot Manicure

Christmas Dot Manicure

Hoilday Dot Manicure

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Nirvana
China Glaze Glittering Garland
China Glaze Holly-Day
China Glaze Pointsettia
China Glaze Ravishing Dahling!
1 Coat Seche Vite

In my head, I pictured this as more of a gradient dot manicure. It didn't exactly turn out that way. I also thought that Nirvana would be a great base for my Christmas dots. Looking at my photos, it's a little dark and cool. While Nirvana is a bit warmer in person, I wish I would've chosen a lighter polish for this nail art. I think that would've made all the difference. 

Now, I know what you're thinking. Four coats of Nirvana? Yes. But three would probably do for most people. My first coat was a little splotchy, and by the third coat, I thought I could still see a few patches. So, I added a fourth coat just to be sure.

Using a dotting tool, I randomly placed dots of Glittering Garland, Holly-Day, Pointsettia, and Ravishing Dahling on each nail. I regret not varying the size of the dots a little bit more. Also, I think I wanted more of a gradient than the half dot tips that I ended up with. 

In person, I really like this manicure. The dots are such a fun way to add a little bit of Holiday cheer to your nails without going overboard. Originally, I thought of using A Latte Love from Wet n Wild, but wanted to go darker. I considered Essie Chinchilly and SinfulShine Prosecco for a little while too, but deemed them to be too light. Nirvana was definitely turned out to be too dark of a choice. Looking back, I think a warm shade right between Chinchilly and Nirvana would've been preferable.

Cultivating the right pallet for a manicure can be challenging... especially when you're working with what you've got in your stash rather than buying new. But any nail blogger will tell you, you live, you learn, and you try again another day!



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