Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nail Art Wednesday: Mixing Nudes and Neons with Hot Pink Dot Nails

Now, I'm not entirely sure where the single dot manicure originated but the first time I saw it, Janine from Beauty Geeks was sporting it. I thought that it was such a fun way to get into nail art whilst keeping your mani understated and still very much work appropriate. Bonus points that the color combinations you can work with are pretty much endless. When trying to figure out which colors to go with, I took into account the burgeoning trend of nudes and neons and came up with this:

Neutral with a pop of neon!

What I Used:
Nude base color: Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude
For the dots: China Glaze Pool Party

How I Did It:

This is, by far, the easiest nail art I've ever done. I mean, really. It's just a single dot. Even the most non-nail art oriented out there who wants to start dabbling in it can sport this look easily! And the best part? I can totally recreate this perfectly using my non-dominant hand! I find that's always the trouble with creating intricate designs; let's face it, unless your blessedly ambidextrous, it's near impossible to use your non-dominant hand to recreate a more detailed design on the other. But you'll have no such problems with this dot mani!

With the Cruisin' Nude bottle. (Cult Nails is <3.)

Love how the hot pink complements that pink shimmer on Cruisin' Nude!

 The dots look pretty orange-y red here but in person, it's more of a hot reddish pink.

Yep, the fabric flower is back. :P

 I was looking for something to hold so you can see the thumb, too, and ended up with this remote.

Hammie says: Please don't hate me but those dots have me thinking steamed buns...

Do you have a signature manicure? How would you mix neutrals and neons? Would you ever pattern the colors/nail art designs you wear on your nails to the current trends?


  1. I love this and dots are my thing! :D Have great holiday hun xx

  2. I love this manicure Carmela. The dots are perfect.

  3. Carmela, this is just perfect, I love dots and this is classy! :-)

  4. I love this Carmela. It's so unique. I've never mixed neutrals and neons. Great idea though.

  5. I love simple nail art like this. Lovely color combination too!

  6. Thanks, April! :) I'm a stickler for simple nail art myself. Glad you like it!

  7. Thanks, Marisa! Next time I'll try to do a lighter colored dot over a darker base. I'm finding it seems to work better that way. Will you be trying this yourself? :)

  8. Thanks so much, Esther! I think dots are really making a splash this season and I'm glad for it. :D Can't go wrong with them and they're so easy to do!

  9. Thanks, Carolina! :) I'm just glad they turned out well. Are you keen on dots yourself?

  10. *high five* Great minds like alike! (Okay, I totally made that up, but you know what I mean. :D) Thanks, Jo!

  11. How do you get your nails such a perfect shape?! They're gorgeous!


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