Manicure Monday: Classic Dotticure


Tools needed: Dotting Tool (or mechanical pencil, toothpick, etc.)


Today’s post was a request made by a fellow beauty blogger and you may know her as The Beautified Blogger. She told me that she was having trouble doing a simple dotticure, or dotted manicure… I’m here to help, so let’s get started!

Here is my Dotticure in a step-by-step tutorial:


1. Start with a base coat to protect your natural nail bed.
2. Paint the entire nail bed with your base color until it is opaque. (And a different color for your accent nail if you choose to do so)

IMG_22683. Take out your dotting tool of choice and starting in the center, start your dots diagonally. It is easier to space them out evenly if you do this trick.

IMG_2269(I will be working with small, medium, and large dotting tools to show the effects of all three. Both the pinkie and thumb have the smallest dots.)

IMG_2270(The pointer has medium dots.)

IMG_2271(The pointer and ring finger both have medium dots. Just use the opposite colors for the accent nail.)

IMG_22724. Repeat step 3 with different sized dotting tools on  each nail. (The middle finger as the large dots.)

IMG_22735. Once the manicure is done, seal the nail art design with a quick drying top coat. This will make the nail look shiny and the design last longer.

IMG_2274A dotticure is the first manicure I did with a dotting tool. I remember it being purple with all different colored dots and I wore it to my birthday to an amusement park with my friends. Here is a throwback picture of what I’m talking about!


List of Products:
Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat
Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat
Julie G 9 to 5
Julie G Cabana Boy

I’d love to see your manicure. If you end up trying this nail look out, show/tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #iidoydoyii

Remember, don’t be shy in requesting a nail design!

39 thoughts on “Manicure Monday: Classic Dotticure

    • Thank you! I got the set for one of my birthdays when I first discovered I could do nail art. I love them. I actually did this for another bblogger that was having trouble with dotted manicures, so she just needed some tips on how to have cleaner looking dots/patterns.

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  1. OMG – This came out absolutely gorgeous and these tips are so helpful – especially starting in the center and dotting diagonally! Beautiful colors, as well! I’m definitely going to try this soon and will let you know when I do! Thanks so much for posting, Joy!!!!! ❀

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  2. I’m going to try this using your tutorial. Looks great!
    I’d love to see a manicure with water drops if you’re interested in making one!


  3. thank you for enlighting me. thought this was just done by the salonist in the salon and you just make it very easy. thanks for the tutorial. very creative. using a tooth pick as i update this


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