I’ve been hunting down a color closest to robin’s egg blue for quite some time. I surfed online and saw a bunch, but, of all, I found the color named, Gelato on My Mind, by O.P.I. Nail Lacquer. It’s a beautiful lighter blue color, but not so light that it’s baby blue.
So, my nail art design, while I would’ve been happy to just have a solid color, I wanted to do a design with this color, like the tip of the nail, with a white border and white polka dots. I think it looks pretty cute and classy.
To get this design, you need:
- Base clear coat or top clear coat
- Gelato on My Mind by O.P.I. Nail Lacquer
- Superstar by Pure Ice (or any white nail polish)
- Tooth pick
- Straight line nail sticker guides
- Piece of scrap paper or surface that you can clean
I always start with a fresh canvas on my acrylic nails, and give it about 2 clear base coats. After the base coat dried, I applied two coats of Gelato on My Mind. The nail polish is light enough that at least two coats are necessary.
I let the Gelato on My Mind nail polish completely dry, and then applied 2 straight line stickers across each nail. Because my nails are a little longer, I placed the bottom sticker just below the 3/4 length of my nail. If you have shorter nails, you will have to experiment with one nail to get a decent border going, so that you leave enough room for the polka dots. The 2nd sticker is placed where there is a 2-3 centimeter gap between the bottom sticker guide, and the top sticker guide.
Once you’ve placed the straight sticker guides on your nails, take your white nail polish and carefully paint that line. I usually make very short upwards strokes, while using the guides to keep the white nail polish from going on the design. You only need 1 coat of the white nail polish. Let it dry some, but not completely. It may take about 5-7 minutes, and then you can peel the nail art sticker guides off. When you do peel them, make sure to carefully peel them in the direction of the nail art sticker guide.
Let the line dry a little more, and then take your scrap piece of paper and lay it out flat. You will pour a small puddle of white nail polish on this paper. You will use this for the dotting, along with the tooth pick. I usually have a nail art dotting tool, but for this, I had left my special dotting tools behind.
With the tooth pick, dab it into your small puddle of white nail polish. Take it to the first nail you wish to apply your polka dots, and in the middle of the nail, right above that white border, do two small vertical dots. They need to be even with each other. Since the tooth pick with create small dots, you will be able to dot 2 at a time. Just make sure to wipe the tip of the tooth pick clean so that it doesn’t build up and create a huge dot.
With the polka dots, I started in the middle, and then alternated the dotting as 1-2-1 pattern. Try not to space them too part apart, and make sure to stagger them like I have in the nail art pic.
Once the white polka dots are done, you can choose to put on a top clear coat to preserve the design a little longer.