Fear No: Ombré Polka-Dot Manicure Tuesday 08 May, 2012
Ombré polka-dots set against a dove gray background (courtesy of Zoya Dove) makes for a fun yet sophisticated manicure.
I’ve never been shy about my love for blue nail polish or about my affection for all things ombré. But I’m also a huge fan of gray nail lacquers. For a time there, they simply didn’t exist. I remember begging CND’s founder Jan Arnold to come out with one way, way back in the day. (She did. But I’m sure it had nothing to do with my begging.) Then, as if by magic, gray nail lacquers sprouted overnight. Concrete gray. Slate gray. Blue gray. Dusk gray. We went through a huge “greige” moment (greige = gray + beige), and then gray started to go more lavender, and so on and so forth.
One of my all-time favorite grays is Zoya Dove. It’s subtle and neutral; I feel like it doesn’t make my hands look dead—an unfortunate side effect of some gray polishes. It applies evenly and opaque, and makes for a perfect background to nail art designs. So I decided to merge my love of Zoya Dove with the ombré craze by crafting a polka-dot fade that goes from soft pistachio to vivid turquoise to true teal—all set on a dove gray base.
I used a nail tool known as a “dotter“—this essentially has a small metal ball on both ends that you dip into polish and then “dot” on your nail. Using Butter London Slapper, I tried to follow the arc of my cuticle line from nail to nail. I followed with a rounding row of China Glaze Aquadelic, and then switched to my final row of dots done in Butter London Bossy Boots.
I’m typically a perfectionist, so I went in thinking my rows would be perfectly lined up and rounded—but after two nails, I realized perfection is something I can save for my editing career, not my nail art hobby. And as I went along, I eventually didn’t mind the disparity from nail to nail. I’m a little sad that when I hit the sheets that night, my mani was still a little wet; hence, the striation marks in the finished results. Sigh.
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of my gray-green-teal ombré polka-dotted manicure?