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Nail Polish Design- Easy Flower Manicure

Updated on February 26, 2013

Nail design can be very fashionable and there is a lot of different ways to do your nails. Many people love the looks of different nail design, but may not be able to afford to go to salons. Salon manicures can get expensive especially if you want to have cool and different designs done. That's why it can be an excellent reason why you should learn how to do your trendy nail designs at home. I know some people are thinking no way can I do this at home, and have it look just as good. The key is to start out with a simple design. It may not look "perfect" the first time, but with practice you will get better.

What You Will Need

  • Nail file
  • Nail clipper
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish (three different colours)
  • Top coat or sparkly top coat
  • Dotting tool (I'll explain how you can make one if you don't have one)
  • Piece of paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover

How to Make a Dotting Tool

A dotting tool is used in nail design to make dots, you can get different size dotting tools to make bigger or smaller dots. If you don't have a dotting tool or can't find any to purchase you can use things found at home.

Things You Can Use:

  • The tip of a bobby pin
  • toothpick
  • ball point pen (best if it's out of ink)
  • End of a paint brush
  • Straight pin with a ball on the end

These are just a few examples of things you could use, have a look around the house and get creative.

Main colour
Main colour
Using a pin for a dotting tool
Using a pin for a dotting tool
Middle dot of the flower
Middle dot of the flower


Step One:

Clip and file your nails the way you like them, if needed.

Step Two:

Apply the base coat to each nail, and allow to dry completely.

Step Three:

Once base coat is dry apply the main colour. This will be the colour of your whole nail. The other two colours needed later will be for the flowers.

Step Four:

Once the nail polish is dry apply one more coat to all of your nails.

Step Five:

Take your second nail polish colour of your choice and dab some nail polish onto a piece of paper. By putting nail polish on the paper you will be able to dip your dotting tool into the polish.

Step Six:

Now dip your dotting tool into the nail polish and carefully make a dot on your nail. Preferable near the center. This dot will be the middle of the flower.

Step Seven:

Clean the nail polish off the dotting tool, wipe it off with a cotton ball or some tissue paper. If needed use nail polishes remover on the cotton ball.

Step Eight:

Now take your third nail polish colour, and dab some on the paper. Dip your dotting tool in the polish. Make dots around the middle dot you already made. These are the petals of the flower.

Step Nine:

Repeat steps five to eight to make a flower on all your nails, if you choose to do all of your nails.

Step Ten:

Once nails are all dry apply your top coat, or sparkle top coat.

Finished flower
Finished flower


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