Dotticure nail designs are exactly as the name would suggest – a nail design made up of lots of little dots. You can make them different colours, add glitter, throw some shimmer into the mix, and even hologram them up if you like… One thing’s for definite though – these Dotticure nails are popping up all over the place. Just have a look under the hashtag on Instagram and you’ll get a good idea for what we’re talking about here.
If you’ve fallen in love with the spotty trend like we did, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t really need any special skills to achieve this super-simple, five-minute look. You just need something to make those dots with, your coloured polishes of choice, and a relatively steady hand.
If you fancy some inspiration, take a look at these: 34 Dotticure nail designs you should try:
1 – Dots + Chevrons
Who’d believe it – dots and chevrons actually look pretty great together. We love this purple, lilac, black and white look, especially the simplicity.
When you’re giving this a shot for the first time, allow yourself plenty of time. Pop the base coat on and let it dry before grabbing a hair grip or cocktail stick (anything that can give you that rounded dot shape) and start by adding one colour of dots, regularly (ish) spaced out.
Leave those to dry and when do the same with different colours or even different coloured sizes of dots. As you’ll see as you look through these Dotticure nail designs, the look can be as structured or as random as you like, making them one of the most versatile nail designs you can find.
2 – Simple, Classic + Fabulous Dotticure
Let’s face it, this look is simple, classic and fabulous! It’s simple – definitely simple enough for you to do yourself, gives you an achievable look for relatively short nails, and can be glittered up to suit any occasion. What’s not to love?
We love the simple colour scheme here and those passes shades work really well with the gold glitter nail, and the gold nail foils which have been used to create those V-shapes. These are not nails you’ll get done in five minutes admittedly, but with a bit of time and patience, from personal experience I can tell you they’re not too difficult to achieve.
To start with, just decorate one nail at a time. There’s nothing wrong with adding more designs and dots to more nails later on.
3 – Autumn Shades
We can’t help but think these are perfect Autumnal shades – the coppery shimmer and muted browns… Very classic, very elegant, and very easy to wear too.
This look just shows you how changing something as simple as the colour scheme can change the entire look of your Dotticure nail designs. If you were to swap the dots for more pastel colours, these would make for great Easter nails – the brown being chocolate (our favourite thing about Easter) and the pastel colours because Spring is all about those pastel shades.
4 – Pink + Dotty
For some reason, pink and dots just go really well together and we love these pastel shades in a circular design.
Using different colours of dots is a great way to shape the look, and as we’ve mentioned, something as simple as switching the colours could make the world of difference. These would be great Christmas nails (for example) if you had a red backdrop and green and gold dots. The possibilities are endless!
5 – Simple Gold Dots
If you have a few moments to spare before rushing out the door and think your nails could do with a quite spruce-up, why not just add simple gold dots to your existing manicure?
This look would cover a multitude of sins – if you have a crack or a split in your polish, add a dot to cover it up. If you have a smudge, use a dot to cover it up. It’s a smart way of rocking a very simple style and using it completely to your advantage! 😉
6 – Pastel Prettiness
These would make for great spring Dotticure nail designs especially with those adorable pastel shades. This is great way to experiment with lots of colours if you’re worried it’ll come out too bright or bolshy.
Start off with something relatively simple over the top of your natural nails. These ones don’t even have a base coat of colour first which will make the process even quicker. Do the pastel yellow shade first, then add the peach / coral one, then the lilac, blue, green… You can build up as much or as little as you like. That’s why we love it so much!
7 – Around The Edges
This look is super-simple. Start things off with a white base and ass your pastel pinks, purples and blues just around one of the edges of the nail. It’s abstract, cool and funky – everything these cool Dotticure nail designs should be.
You could, if you wanted to, pick one feature nail and cover the entire nail with the Dotticure design. That’s what we said anyway… You know – just so that one nail really stands out.
8 – Teeny-Tiny Dots
We’ve featured larger dots so far but there’s nothing to stop you switching things up, picking a smaller tool, and creating a look with more and smaller-sized dots.
We love the two featured nails on this Dotticure design, and the different shades of red really stand out against that white backdrop. You could even paint the other nails on the hand different shades of red too – have one darker one, one lighter one, one pink-toned one, etc.
9 – Dots + Foils
We love this look, a great cosy winter themed look, and it has been achieved using both the Dotticure style and nail foils too – the splodges of shimmering colour you can see on the other two nails.
The two contrasting colours work really well in this design, and those nail foils add a less structured look to the well-planned dots. If you’ve not played around with foils before, now is definitely the time to try. There are so many types and patterns out there to pick from, you’ll have loads of fun playing around.
10 – Dotticure Gradiant Tips
A simple nail – it’s essentially nude nails with a coloured tip, but instead of a structure straight line like you would normally see, the tips have been patterned with these great, patriotic themed dots.
This look would be great for an American themed party, of a British one for that matter. There’s something very fun about it and again, you could switch up the colours for any look you like. If you switched these up for shades of green and white, you have Irish nails. White, red and green could be Welsh nails. Blue and white – Scottish nails. You get the idea? Simple but effective. We like that.
11 – Half and Half Dotticure Nails
This is such a cool look and although simple, might prove to be a bit fiddly if you don’t know what you’re doing. To make things simpler, try splitting the nails into two sections starting with the solid blocks of colour.
Using nail foils or tape to separate, first paint one side of your nails bronze. When that’s dried, use foils or tape again and paint the other side of the nails the pastel shades you can see here. Wait for that to try and then over the pastel shades, add your black dots.
Another way of doing this look is to do the pastel shades with the dots and then use foils or tape to paint the bronze over the top. You do run the risk of seeing the slightly raised dots (you can see the little finger nail shows this) though.