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Arrows & Dots | Nail Art


Arrows & Dots | Nail Art

Want to know how to create this nail look? Follow our 8 step guide below!


The products we used to create this look:

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Retro Summer – OPI – Flip Flops & Crop Tops
3. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
4. Nail Colour Collection – Next – Molten Gold
5. Dotting Pen
6. Arrow Stencils


Now lets show you how we created this look!


First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail varnish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail varnish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and shape them to how you want them with your file. If you want make your nails appear longer you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail varnish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.



Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to have the ring finger as the main focus so we painted that nail with the nail varnish in the colour White Out (3) and the rest of the nails with the gorgeous pink (2) nail varnish. We applied 2 coats of the nail varnish as this makes sure the nails are covered well.

We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry.



Once the white nail varnish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating the stripes. First of all, we have to plan where we want them – to do this, we used the arrow shaped stencils (6) and placed them gently over the nail.

It is important you make sure your nail varnish is dry before you place it over your nail as this could take your nail varnish off!

If you don’t have any stencils, it’s okay, you can use tape instead! You can see how we used the tape technique on our tutorial for the Stripe and Flower Nail Look.



Once you are happy with the placement of the stencils, it’s time to paint on the arrows! We decided to use this gorgeous gold (4) nail varnish for this nail look.

When you are painting on the nail varnish on, don’t worry if you get some on the stencil – it protects that part of your nail!



Now it’s time to gently take the stencil off!



This look is gorgeous with the arrows so you could finish it there if you wanted to, but we decided to add a little bit extra! We painted on some gold dots down the middle of the nail on the little finger using dotting pen (5) with the nail varnish in the colour Molten Gold (4).



We then painted on some white dots in between the gold ones using dotting pen (5) with the nail varnish in the colour White Out (3).



Now it’s time to add the final touch to the look! Paint on another line of white (3) and gold (4) dots on the little finger using the dotting pen (5) next to the other one.

And that’s it – a gorgeous look if you want to add a bit of extra detail to your nails that is perfect for everyday wear or if you are going out!



Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram!


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(18) Comments

  1. Alys George says:

    These are so pretty! It’s been so long since I’ve done my own nails as I get acrylics. But I will definitely give it a go on my toenails (:


    1. It is a pretty look isn’t it – I have it on my nails at the moment and I love it! Ooo, we’d love to see how it went when you try that out!

  2. Hi, I love the way you creative the arrow effect, very subtle and great fun.

    1. Ahh, yes 🙂 it makes it quite a bit easier and simpler for people so we thought we’d try this way out and show you guys! It always is great fun 😀

  3. I totally love the idea of the nail stencils, definitely useful for clumsy people like me, haha! I love how simple yet cute as hell these are, such a pretty shade of pink too!
    Alice Xx

    1. Haha, yeah – they are very handy to use! Makes it a lot easier to do, just need to make sure your nail varnish is dry before you apply them otherwise it can ruin that part! Yees! It’s such a simple design, so it wouldn’t take too long to paint on and it is soo cute too. What can get much better then that! Haha. I love the pink shade, I got it for Christmas – definitely a huge favourite of mine now!

  4. I love these! They look really cute but like they could actually be simple enough for me to achieve too, especially with stencils! x


    1. I’m so glad you love them! It’s a great look because it is pretty simple but so cute at the same time – it’s perfect for just everyday wear for work and such 😀 I’ve had it on this week at work and I’ve loved it haha. The stencils make things it a lot easier 🙂

  5. So pretty! I love the colours, they go so well together <3 So cute and pretty! xx

    Bexa |

    1. I love these colours together, they are soo nice – and make this look so pretty 😀 the pink is definitely a huge favourite of mine now!

  6. Really love the step by step guide, I am forever doing my nails so I think I will have to try and be a bit more creative with them and try this out. I love the colours you have chosen.

    Jordanne //

    1. Aww, thank you! Ooo, yeaah – you could try add a little bit extra to it, it does make painting them that bit more fun 🙂 I looove the pink colour from this look – I only got it at Christmas, and it’s already a favourite!

  7. omg a stencil?! Ingenius! I’ve always tried to just do nail art with a free hand, which has always been doomed to failure as I have the shakiest hand EVER lol! Really love this design! x

    1. Hahaha, yeah – stencils can help quite a lot, makes it a lot easier! We’re so glad you love it 🙂

  8. I’m going to a spa tomorrow as part of one of my bday treats and I came on her for inspo so I can show the lady what design I’d like for my mani….ding ding I think I have a winner

    xx Lena |

    1. Oooo! Happy birthday! Hope you had a great birthday 🙂 I also hope you have a great day today, what a lovely birthday treat you got! You’ll have to show us a picture of your nails 😀

  9. I’ve always loved these arrow nail designs especially the combination of white and gold goes together so well! I really want to try these out! Love it!

    1. Arrow nail designs are definitely a favourite of mine too – love being able to quite easily add that extra bit to your nail look with just some simple arrows, without it taking too long! Ooo, we’d love to see it if you do try this out 🙂

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