Nail Tutorial: How to Do a Dotticure with a Bobby Pin

How to Do a Dotticure with a Bobby Pin

I’ve been wanting to join in on the nail art fun for a while now. Two things have held me back: 1) I’m clumsy as hell and always mess up my nails immediately after doing them and 2) I didn’t want to invest in the tools in case I ended up being terrible at it. I’ve heard others recommend using bobby pins for nail art on the fly, and since they come in packs of 100 for 99 cents, I thought I’d give it a go with the most basic design: a dotticure!

For this mani, I used Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Lady Luck for the base color, and Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Provoke for the dots.

I stretched open my bobby pin as much as I could without breaking it, which made it a lot easier to isolate one of the ends (which is apparently called a quickle, but I’m not sure how credible my source is).

Watch my full tutorial below:

So easy, right? I finished it off with a layer of top coat and it looked great. I see a lot of dotticures in my future! Right after filming this, I tried my hand (no pun intended) at a flower design on my thumb, but failed… miserably. Practice makes perfect, though! Hopefully I can bring you another nail tutorial sans nail tools soon.

Have you ever MacGyvered your own beauty tools?



  1. Love that color combo. I don’t have any bobby pins anymore so I either use Q-tips with pointed and rounded ends or my cheap essence dotting tool that works great. Cute tutorial

  2. I hacked a dotting tool with a pin stuck in the eraser end of a pencil… but I did eventually break down and buy dotting tools, because I like the feel of them better. Even though I have several in different sizes, I find that one double-sided one can make pretty much all the dots I need – though I do also use a super-tiny one for delicate nail art. Great hack! Dots are awesome.

  3. Well done. 🙂 Another way to make a dotting tool is to use a glass headed dressmaker’s pin pushed into the erasure of a pencil. You can use different pin head sizes for different sized dots.


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