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How to: the Marc Jacobs Dot-Inspired Polkadot Manicure
Mon, 13 August 2012 1:17PM
Marc Jacobs’ new scent Dot was the inspiration behind today’s manicure. For those of you who didn’t catch our What to Buy This Week, here’s a little refresher of the fragrance flacon. So cute.
Zoning in on the fact that you can find inspiration for your manicure from everywhere, from clothing, makeup and the great outdoors, here’s a how-to on the Marc Jacobs Dot manicure. I’ve stuck with the red and black colour palette, but this would also work equally as well in other colours.
Paint a thin coat of base coat.
Once your base coat is dry, depending on your chosen red nail polish, paint 1-2 coats on each nail, save for your ring finger. I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Right Said Red, $16.95, from Priceline.
Then, add 1-2 coats of black nail polish on your ring finger, like OPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx, $19.95, from David Jones.
Using the bottom of a bobby pin broken in half, dip into the black nail polish, wipe any extra polish on the edge of the bottle, and scatter the small black dots across your nails. I would recommend practicing a few times on a piece of paper first, just so you can gauge how much polish you’ll need on the pin.
Quick tip: Once you have the hang of it, try to work as quickly as you can so the nail polish doesn’t dry out, and also so the polish doesn’t cake on the pin. If you’re out of bobby pins, toothpicks also work a treat!
Repeat step four using the red nail polish and bobby pin for your ring finger nail (the one painted black).
Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry, as the dots are a little thicker than a regular coat of polish. Then, add a coat of high-shine top coat – I used Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat, $16.45.
Ta-da! Here’s the final product, with the Limited Edition 30ml EDP, $75, from David Jones and Myer:
What do you think, Primpettes? Love a good polkadot manicure? Have you tried this before?
If so, did you use a bobby pin?
What other colours would you try it with?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett