Nail art has always been in my 'too hard' basket - I have enough trouble getting a regular DIY polish job looking perfect. Plus, all the special tools most looks seem to require are off-putting.
However the manicurists at Orly showed me a simple way to get a striking nail look, with products that you can re-use in multiple ways. (Orly has just introduced Orly Colour Blast, a spin-off range with 72 colours that are just $13.99 each at Farmers.)
1. Start with a clear base coat, then apply two coats of any colour nail polish - here we chose black.
2. Cover the colour with a matte top coat, such as Orly Colour Care Matte Topcoat, which adds a dulled-down, velvety finish to any shade.
3. Add dots of any shiny topcoat all over the nail. You can use a professional dotter tool, a toothpick or even a piece of dried spaghetti (yes, really!). Tip: brush a small amount of polish into a flat dish so you can pick up dots of polish with your chosen tool.
Note: Don't finish this one with your usual step of clear topcoat as that will reverse the matte effect. The dots should be your final process.
The final look is subtle yet whimsical. It works with any shade of polish and most topcoats.
Your only investment will be the matte topcoat, which can be used on any of your existing polishes to create multiple effects.
Are you game to give this one a try?