nail art: “puff paint” polka dots
It was on the tip of my tongue. This nail art design looks so much like something, but I just couldn’t place it.
And then it came to me…puff paint! The internet tells me this is actually called puffy paint, but it was definitely puff paint in my house. Do you remember using these little squeeze bottles to decorate t-shirts, plastic pencil boxes, baseball caps? And the tip would always get clogged so you had to jam a paperclip down the top? I digress…
This puff paint-esque nail look is so simple, it took me less than 10 minutes to complete.
I used two bright new shades from Nails, Inc., both of which I LOVE.
Baker Street, a bright cobalt blue, went on like a total dream. Two coats to smooth, glossy perfection.
After applying this blue to all of my nails, I picked up a drop of neon pink Notting Hill Gate on the tip of a pointed Q-tip. You could take some of the fluff off of a normal Q-tip for the same results, but I like these pointy ones that can be found in the eye makeup section of the drugstore.
I slowly made clusters of polka dots, varying the positioning on each nail. Since this pink was a bit sheer, I went back for a second “coat” of dots, which led to the bumpy “puff paint” effect. You’re essentially putting a little blob of polish onto the nail, so make sure to sit still long enough to let this dry.
I like the bumpy effect, so I skipped the top coat to preserve the texture of this mani. Fun!