Mishal Cazmi
Mishal Cazmi
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The easy polka dot nail art at Adam Selman

When I was backstage for the spring 2016 shows at New York Fashion Week, I had a chance to see a lot of manicures, everything from the bare minimum to more elaborate nail art. One person I was lucky enough to see in action was Madeline Poole, manicurist and global colour ambassador for Sally Hansen and she happened to create one of my favourite looks for spring–polka dot nails at Adam Selman.

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I loved everything about this mani: the concept behind it (Poole wanted it to look like something tomboys playing around with markers dreamed up), the fresh take on nail art (I’ll take polka dots over lines and stripes any day) and how idiot-proof it seemed (I’m mostly referring to myself). I do love good nail art, but usually prefer someone else with more skillful and steady hands to do it for me. But the nails at Adam Selman seemed like something even I could do.

To create the look, Poole placed a nail head on the back of a pencil with an eraser, dipped it in polish and gently dabbed it onto each nail. And that was pretty much it.

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Here’s my take on Poole’s very cool and very easy polka dot manicure at Adam Selman:

What you need:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dark Hue-Mor (This is the colour you’ll need for the dots.)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Au-Naturale (Your base coat. Poole used a clear base coat but I wanted a bit of colour.)
  • A pencil and nail head (You can also use a dotting tool.)
  • Top Coat

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The steps:

  1. Apply two coats of Au-Naturale, a pinkish nude. You can swap this for any colour of your choice or use no colour at all.
  2. Put a few drops of Dark Hue-Mor on a piece of foil.
  3. Dip the nail head that’s attached to your pencil into Dark Hue-Mor and gently dab it onto a nail.
  4. Repeat step 3 for each nail.
  5. Finish off with a top coat.

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dark Hue-Mor

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Au-Naturale

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dark Hue-Mor

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Au-Naturale