40+ Polka Dot Nails To Inspire Your Next Manicure

Polka dots is one of the most popular nail art designs that is super trendy and happy. It is fun, festive, and lively – a great ice breaker to Avante Garde and minimalistic designs. 

Polka dot nails can instantly give a different feel to your outfit, no matter how simple! 

Here are some of our favorite polka dot nails right now, or scroll ahead to check out the inspo photos!

Black and White Dot Nail Art:

One of the best classic options is a black and white polka dot nail art. It can be paired with just about any outfit in your closet. If you’re the type who doesn’t change nail polish every often, then this is the option for you. 

Polka Dots and Stripes:

As they say, two is better than one. Adding stripes to the equation is a great way to compliment the polka dot nail party. You can alternate with horizontal and vertical stripes for a little variety. Pick a color of your choosing for a more personalized look! 

Polka Dots As An Accent Nail:

Love surprises? Adding in a polka dot design as an accent to a solid base is a pretty way of saying that you’re a fun person beneath the surface. To do this, paint all your nails with a solid color, except for one. Fill in the empty nail (preferably somewhere in the middle) with polka dots. Since you will only paint one nail with dots, this design is easy to replicate at home.

Black and White Polka Dots On Nude Base:

One of my favorite NYE nails is polka dots! With a naked or nude base, add in black and white polka dots. If you want the white dots to be a bit more vivid, you can choose a slightly darker nude base. If you’re wearing them for a Graduation Party, you can switch the white with something more sparkly.

Polka Dots In Different Sizes:

If you have long or broad nails, then you must have a wider surface for fun! With one or two colors, paint each of your nails with polka dots in a variety of sizes. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match or form a shape. Just get on with it!

Multi-Colored Dots:

Adding multi-colored dots to your nails is a great way to play with your nail polish collection. This design dissolves any sense of favoritism, allowing almost all the colors in your collection to be used. Just start with a white base and start painting dots. 

Birthday Cake Confetti Polka Dot Tips:

Confetti Polka Dots is for birthday celebrations and celebratory events. If you are trying to keep it simple, the best way to incorporate polka dots into your nails is by consistently keeping them on the tips. Use white for the base to replicate the color of a classic birthday cake.

Boy/Girl Confetti Polka Dots On Naked Base:

An alternative to the ‘Birthday Cake’ Nails is the gender reveal confetti design. Instead of a white base, use a naked base and add blue confetti on one set of nails and pink on the other. It’s nice to see a friend doing a bit more effort as a guest to a gender reveal party. If you’re the soon-to-be-mom, these nails are perfect for you too!

Pastel Polka Dots on Baby Pink Base:

Pastel is a great way to add softness to your outfit. If you’re wearing a dress, pastel polka dots can easily complement it. If you’re wearing a suit or a blazer, pastel-colored dots can balance the elements of your outfit.

Dotted Shape Design (Heart/Circle/Star):

If you think you’re advance enough to make shapes out of dots, you might as well take this as a creative challenge. This works better if you have broad or long nails (larger surface area). For a nice effect, use one color to make a couple of shades for the dots. You can use white to blend and multiply the shades.

Gradient Polka Dot Design:

Using the technique said above, you’ll be able to achieve gradient polka dot nails. If you’re blending manually, expect the colors to have slight differences. For a professional effect, you may call on your personal nail technician/artist.

Pink, Glitter, Polka Dots Combo:

What is a better way to host a nail party than with glitter, color, and polka dots? This combo is one of the best options to wear to a New Year’s Eve party as it can surely elevate your outfit no matter how minimalist or maximalist it looks. 

Lacey Polka Dots Design:

When partnered with lace, a polka dot base can easily look feminine, sexy, and gothic – almost as if it’s part of your outfit. Start out with a purple base for a complete gothic look. For the dots, use black to make the dots and the lace stand out.

Polka Dots and Sequin Charms:

Want to up your polka dot game? Make a 3D effect with jewels, sequins and charms applied on polka dot nails. If you don’t wear jewelry, adding in these nail accessories can make you look like you’re wearing one! I love wearing this design with evening dresses and formal gowns.

Pastel Dots On Black Base:

Bored with the black-and-white ensemble? Try replacing white with pastel for a unique twist. Pastel blends well with dark colors like black. It isn’t overpowering and looks beautifully vivid when paired with black. 

Neon Polka Dots On Nude Base With Neon French Tip:

Neon is a great color to play with if you’re fond of color blocking and maximalist style. With a nude base, get three neon-colored polishes, preferably green, pink, and orange. Alternately draw dots with the colors mentioned. To top it off, add in neon french tips for a nice accent. You may start the process either way. 

Neon Nails + Neon Dots Accent Combo:

If you want a flashier look, then painting the majority of your nails with solid neon colors is the way to go. To achieve this look, paint four of each set of nails with neon polish, leaving one for the polka dot accent. Do the same for the other set. This is especially perfect to wear for raving and clubbing.

Flowers and Polka Dots Nail Art (Kate Spade inspired):

Floral paired with polka dots is one of the designs that remind me of Kate Spade’s famous floral purses. To match the feel of a Kate Spade-designed purse, use pastel colors like baby blue, mint, and pastel pink for the polka dots. 

Polka Dots French Tip:

If you like keeping it at the tips, why not draw polka dots on the tips? To leave a bigger surface area for the dots, paint your tips thicker than you usually would to achieve a French tip. Use darker colors to accentuate the white dots. If you’re doing this at home, you can use a tape guide to avoid blotting.

Minnie Mouse Inspired Polka Dots Nails:

Minnie Mouse Polka Dots are so easy to replicate. Simply add a red base and use white to paint your polka dots. If you’re seeing a professional nail artist, you can request a Minnie mouse accent nail to emphasize the theme.

Glitter Polka Dots Manicure:

Another New Year’s Eve favorite, glitter polka dots is a great way to add a subtly formal feel to your outfit. My favorite color combo is gold polka dots on rose pink nails. If I’m wearing it at night, I would prefer gold polka dots on a black base. 

Polka Dot Nails Ideas: 

Here are some of our favorite polka dot nails for inspiration!

 

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