Spring Pastel Dotticure over Gradient

I love dots, in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious. I use them on my nails all the time and a good old dotticure is one of my go-to manis. So, the first of my Easter-inspired nails is dots, dots and more dots.

I started off this manicure by creating a sheer-to-solid gradient. Using a non-latex makeup sponge, I put on a band of OPI – My vampire is Buff and Zoya – Erin. I topped the gradient with a coat of Seche Vite to blend it and aid in drying time.

Pastel dotticure overgradient
Pastel dotticure overgradient

Using as medium dotting tool, I dotted each finger in a different pastel color. After one more coat of Seche Vite, I applied a Matte Top Coat.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • OPI – My Vampire is Buff
  • Zoya – Erin
  • Zoya – Dot
  • Color Club – In De-nile
  • China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint
  • Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • NYC – Matte Top Coat

I actually liked the mani better before I matted it, but it wasn’t photographing very well. The matte top coat really diminished how sheer the gradient was towards my cuticles., but it photographed much better. The things I do for better pictures!

I like how delicate this is and feel like it is a perfect (and relatively easy) technique to use for spring nails!