Here are a couple of toothpick nail art designs:
1. Easy: Dotting
Simply dip the end of a toothpick into your polish, then dot it on your nail. We’ve done a line of dots on top of the cloud pattern from earlier. You can use the pointy end of the toothpick for small dots, or cut the toothpick in half to get bigger dots. You can also try different objects – skewers, bobby pins, pens and pencils are all good! This is perfect for recreating some of the gorgeous nail designs we’ve been pinning in anticipation for International Polka Dot Day (December 23rd – put that in your diaries, more details soon!).
2. Hard: Drag marble
You can make some amazing designs with a technique called drag marbling. First apply a thick coat of your base colour on your nail. While it’s still wet, dab a bit of a contrasting colour on your nail using a toothpick. Then, working quickly, drag designs through the wet polish. We’ve gone for an abstract flame/feather effect, but you can also make swirls and flowers, and many other designs, such as the swirled coffee art effect here.
Have you recently done some dotting or drag marbling? Tag #sonailicious on your Instagram nail pics to show us and potentially to be featured!