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How to: the Marc Jacobs Dot-Inspired Polkadot Manicure

Mon, 13 August 2012 1:17PM

Marc Jacobs’ new scent Dot was the inspiration behind today’s manicure. For those of you who didn’t catch our What to Buy This Week, here’s a little refresher of the fragrance flacon. So cute.

Zoning in on the fact that you can find inspiration for your manicure from everywhere, from clothing, makeup and the great outdoors, here’s a how-to on the Marc Jacobs Dot manicure. I’ve stuck with the red and black colour palette, but this would also work equally as well in other colours.

Step 1:

Paint a thin coat of base coat.

Step 2:

Once your base coat is dry, depending on your chosen red nail polish, paint 1-2 coats on each nail, save for your ring finger. I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Right Said Red, $16.95, from Priceline.

Step 3:

Then, add 1-2 coats of black nail polish on your ring finger, like OPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx, $19.95, from David Jones.

Step 4:

Using the bottom of a bobby pin broken in half, dip into the black nail polish, wipe any extra polish on the edge of the bottle, and scatter the small black dots across your nails. I would recommend practicing a few times on a piece of paper first, just so you can gauge how much polish you’ll need on the pin.

Quick tip: Once you have the hang of it, try to work as quickly as you can so the nail polish doesn’t dry out, and also so the polish doesn’t cake on the pin. If you’re out of bobby pins, toothpicks also work a treat!

Step 5:

Repeat step four using the red nail polish and bobby pin for your ring finger nail (the one painted black).

Step 6:

Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry, as the dots are a little thicker than a regular coat of polish. Then, add a coat of high-shine top coat – I used Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat, $16.45.

Ta-da! Here’s the final product, with the Limited Edition 30ml EDP, $75, from David Jones and Myer:

What do you think, Primpettes? Love a good polkadot manicure? Have you tried this before?

If so, did you use a bobby pin?

What other colours would you try it with?

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  • Posted by: loopy-lexy // Mon, 13 August 2012 02:02pm

    Cute as! I’ve tried this before, but using a toothpick- love the bobby pin idea. Also, am really wanting to smell the scent.

  • Posted by: emmabovary // Mon, 13 August 2012 07:56pm

    Love this design, and Dot is such a wonderful perfume as well!

  • Posted by: KT // Mon, 13 August 2012 08:06pm

    An easier alternative for the time (and stable hands) poor?? A coat of nuar lack polka dot nail polish over your base coat – its a clear polish with lack glitter its in it. See here

  • Posted by: Dyane C. // Tue, 14 August 2012 07:54pm

    I want that perfume, might get my mom to buy it for me in America (if its cheaper) , Great idea KT

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 15 August 2012 03:18pm

    Very cute and i love the accented nail

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Wed, 15 August 2012 04:09pm

    Really excited to smell this!

  • Posted by: isabella21 Enthusiast // Fri, 17 August 2012 01:30pm

    I have never like polkadots full stop.

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Tue, 21 August 2012 04:02am

    Cute, but cant say that I will be trying it……just smelt the Dot perfume, and its beautiful, so now officially on my wish list!

  • Posted by: Ike // Tue, 11 September 2012 06:31pm

    Very pretty! 😉

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sat, 6 October 2012 09:51pm

    That looks awesome :) Super Cute!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 31 October 2012 12:32pm

    So totally cute and easy to do!

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Tue, 20 November 2012 02:22pm

    I have been tossing up whether to buy some dotting tools but am going to give this bobby pin technique a go.
    Thanks for the great tips, as always, Hayley :)

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Thu, 22 November 2012 12:29pm

    I am one of biggest fans of ploka dots and spots on shoes and clothes!! Now I am going to have to add nails to that list. Very sexy and slightly retro LOVE IT

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 04:01pm

    This is super cute. I love it.

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Wed, 19 June 2013 09:54pm

    Cute. I will be trying this asap. I think I want to use some pastel colours.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 18 July 2013 03:08pm

    so cute

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 15 October 2013 07:10pm

    This is a super cute nail art look. I do like it and think it looks unusual. Great inspiration.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 25 December 2013 08:11pm


  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 3 November 2014 10:31pm

    Love the nail art and the fragrance, very nice.

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