Nail Dotting: my new set of tools and my first mani
There are so many bloggers out there that create amazing and beautiful designs with the help of “nail dotters”, or “dotting tools”. I’d looked around for them at Sally Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart, drugstores, etc and was never able to find any sort of set that offered multiple sizes.
So I turned to my trusted friend Samira who let me in on the secret of where she got her set of nail dotters…Ebay!
I paid only $1 (“Buy it now”) for the below set of nail dotting tools a couple of months ago and received free shipping to boot! Good luck beating this deal anywhere, I think it’s safe to say that you won’t.
They shipped this nail dotting set from China and it arrived about a month after placing my order.
I checked out Ebay just now and this set is a common sale item from multiple sellers, with various prices ranging from $1-$2 including shipping. So if you are looking for a set like this and not in a major hurry, this could be a great solution for you. It certainly was for me!
A set like this one helps you create different sized near-perfect circles with no hassle. You can also use the small tips to create more detailed designs if you struggle like I do with using a brush to create free-hand art. I find the latter especially taxing when using my left hand to create the designs on my right hand.
A common alternative to nail dotting tools like these, is the use of toothpicks and bobby pins to create a similar effect. But you won’t have access to the same size range that you would with a set of tools like this one. So for $1, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. 🙂
Seeing as this was my first attempt at nail dotting, I wanted to do a very simple manicure to begin with. I basically just wanted to test out the different sizes and see if I could get used to using them.
I used Turned up Turquoise (neon nail polish by China Glaze) as my base and then created small dot clusters using black and white nail polishes (Liquid Vinyl by Orly and Paper Mache by Finger Paints respectively).
This manicure was super easy and quick to create. I had everything done in just a few minutes! I look forward to getting more creative with these nail dotters and stretching my limits when it comes to nail art. If there are any pointers or secrets for using these, please let me know!
What is your favourite design or way to use nail dotting tools?