Beary Nice

I can’t believe it’ll be one month tomorrow since I launched Dots & Lace. Happy almost monthiversary! 

To celebrate, I tried out this nail design with the D&L colours. Let’s be honest here – this was not easy. I painted the base colour on all nails and painted the dots. Then I had my bfff (best friend/boyfriend/fiancé … you’ll have to get used to this since it’s usually what I call Brad) paint the bears on both hands.

Turquoise and white - D&L pride!
Turquoise and white – D&L pride!

Let’s just say the left hand bear-ly (ha! I used a pun!) passes. And the right hand …. pfft I’m thinking about submitting it to Pinterest Fails.

So, if you’re like me you might want to get a friend to help you do this. Or maybe you’re super awesome and you’ll show both Brad and I up (please send pictures). Alternatively, you can show some D&L love and just paint turquoise dots on your forefingers. 

Either way, here’s how to make it happen…

Products used:

Application Time:

30 minutes

Drying Time:

35 minutes


  1. Apply base coat to all nails and allow to dry fully. Approximately 15 minutes. tip – I usually don’t use a base coat because I change up my nails so often but it’s a good thing to apply if you want your manicure to last longer and especially if you’ll be using a polish that has a red, green, or blue tint. Without a base coat, your nails can easily stain with these colours.
  2. Next, apply a thin coat of white nail polish to your index and forefinger on both hands. tip – when using Rimmel 60 second dry polishes, make sure your first coat is thin. This is where I messed up. I had applied a coat that was slightly thick and it didn’t dry quickly enough.
  3. Now, apply a thin coat of turquoise nail polish to your thumb, middle, and pinky fingers on both hands.IMG_20150829_224957
  4. If the nails you’ve painted white are patchy/uneven, you can apply a second coat. It’s important that you only apply a second coat once the first coat is dry.
  5. Likewise, if the nails you’ve painted turquoise are patchy/uneven, you can apply a second coat once the first coat has finished drying.
  6. If you’ve used the Rimmel 60 second dry, wait 5 minutes/until your nails are completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
  7. Take the white nail art pen and draw a dot pattern over the nails that have been painted turquoise. tip – if your dots come out too light, go over them again with the white pen. You may need to get some help with this part.IMG_20150829_225340
  8. Now, take the turquoise nail art pen and draw a dot pattern over both index fingers (they should have been painted white as a base).
  9. Using the turquoise pen, draw a semi-circle on any corner of your index finger on the left hand. Carefully begin to shade in the circle with the pen, making sure to leave a small circle uncovered (this small white section will be for the bear’s nose). tip – this is where I like to call for help. If you have shaky hands like me, ask a friend to help you with this part.
  10. Next, begin to draw two small circles just above the semi circle to create ears. tip – start small and make bigger as needed.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the right hand. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
  12. Use the black art pent to draw two tiny circles for eyes just above the white circle on both forefingers. tip – start small and make bigger as needed. You more than likely will only need to just dab the pen on your nail for this one.
  13. Now, use the black art pen to draw a tiny circle within the white circle on both forefingers to make a nose. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
  14. Finally, apply a thick layer of quick dry to all nails and allow to dry for 5 minutes.DSC_3300

If all went according to plan, you should have nails that look better than mine. Even with help, my right hand is definitely fail worthy. I think I might just stick to nail polish strips. Please let me know if you try this and don’t be shy to share pictures. I’m sure our bears can be beary good friends! 


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