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Dotted flowers with Barry M polishes

I wanted to do a dotticure on my Key Lime manicure, but I chickened out a bit and went for the safe option of some flowers. I know how to do flowers, you see. Whereas I’ve never done a “plain” dotticure and the prospect is very daunting. I fear that I wouldn’t get the dots all the same shape, or aligned and spaced correctly.

So flowers it was, and I chose some other Barry M polishes to complement the Key Lime and keep it all in the Barry family!

I firstly dotted the petals with Matt White and then added the centres using Lemon Ice Cream.

I didn’t think it was all that special to be fair. Every time I looked at it, I thought the flowers looked like tiny fried eggs, which made the manicure somewhat comical in my eyes. But I received some really lovely compliments about it – so maybe I was wrong 🙂

Dotted flowers Barry M polishes
Dotted flowers using Barry M polishes: Key Lime, Matt White and Lemon Ice Cream


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Key Lime
  • Intermediate top coat: Seche Vite
  • Dotting: Barry M Matt White and Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Emma B

I love these, I know what you mean about fried eggs as last time I used yellow centres (with multi coloured flowers) I still saw fried eggs! For a first dotticure I would suggest a random placement in several sizes. For polka dots I always do my vertical centre line first, starting with a dot in the middle of the nail, then do the column to left, then mirror the left column over to the right of the centre column, then if i have space I mirror my middle column. For polka dots I would suggest the second smallest tool, assuming you have a set of 5double ended tools to choose from.

Claire Kerr

Thank you so much. Seems a little less daunting with some step by step instructions. And yes, I do have 5 double-ended dotting tools. Must be brave and do it soon. (Will probably still be saying that in six months’ time!)


really cute!


I love this! This is such a summery manicure! 🙂