Lit from Within: Bulls-eye!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I am a shameless, shameless copycat.  When I saw this design on Polish Crazed, I had to try it for myself.  I have experimented with dotticures before, but I hadn't seen how to do this illusion of having part of the dots disappear.

Well, I'm going to pull back the curtain, and show you the magic.  Shh, don't tell anyone.

I started with polishes that I pilfered, uh, swapped for, at the CFL Beauty Bloggers meeting.  This is 2 coats of Zoya Megan.  It photographed a little blue, but it actually looked grey with a hint of purple on me.  I love the color, but it's a little stark on me.  I'm a sucker for a mini bottle, though.  Too darn cute.

A little nail art will break up that brightness.  First I added dots of Sephora for OPI On Stage, a mauve color.  I'd never used any of the Sephora OPIs before.  It worked very well for this mani, if a little quick-drying, which is usually a plus.

Then, I added dots of another OPI for Sephora, Metro Chic, a purple-leaning taupe. This color had a little looser formula, a little watery.  You can tell that the dots spread farther, and are a little translucent in places.

Next, every dot got re-dotted with the Zoya Megan, and the illusion begins.  It looks like chunks of the dots are missing.  I liked creating crescent moon shapes, but the bullseye comes from getting the second dot right in the middle.

The illusion is completed when you take a smaller dotting tool and dot the original color in the center of the 2nd dot.  When it's all done and topcoated, you can't even tell the difference between the base coat and the 2nd dot. See?  Magic.

Right hand:

Do you like this version of a dotticure?  Are you ready to astound your friends and family with a little magic? :)


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