I was inspired by Pixel's gradient-dot mani for today's look. I wasn't feeling the neons she used, so I opted for a pink/purple combo. The pink is Orly's Sugar Plum, and the purple is Sally Hansen's complete salon manicure in Bewitched.
After applying my base coat, I applied two coats of Sugar Plum. When it was dry, I placed tape in a diagonal line across my nails, and painted the bottom with Bewitched. I still had VNL with the pink, so I wanted to use the darker color over the tip.
Next, take a dotting tool and make dots along the diagonal line, about halfway in each color. Leave a gap between each dot. I did the dark color first because my taping got a little sloppy - so I used the dots to cover my mistakes.
Then, take the other color and dot the tops of the gaps. The colors should now look like they're dripping into each other.
I need more practice spacing the dots where I want them to go. Here's my attempt at putting the purple dots on the pink side, and the pink dots on the purple side.
I did my right hand first, to practice on, in case I screwed up... but I think it's worth a picture, even though it's not perfect.
And here's the finished left hand.
Some lessons learned in this mani are learning how to steady my hands on a notebook to get my right hand done, and to use a more opaque color for the pink - it's a little milky-looking on the purple side. Overall, I like it, though. Dots are keen. If I ever get any followers, I'd love to hear how others use their dotting tool to create manis.