A plain red, a bright coral in summer, a vampy shade in winter, or nothing at all, my nails don’t see a lot of changes, or fancy looks throughout the year. I blame my huge lack of imagination as well as my eternal love for simplicity. It is actually how I’ve found these dotty nails, just under the ‘simple nail art’ search on Pinterest, and I’m glad I did as I don’t get bored when I look at my nails anymore.

Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat; Smith&Cult Kundalini Hustle Nail Polish; Dior Gel Coat

A base coat, a nail polish, a top coat and something pointy and sharp, that’s all I need when doing these nails, well, with a little bit more time to kill than usual. I start with the base coat -classic-, then I put a big drop of nail polish on a piece of paper and use the corner of another, sturdier piece of paper to draw the dots. I always start with a tiny pop of colour, I then take a step back, compared the two hands when it is necessary, and widen the dot on the left or the right, depending on how well centred it was to begin with. I then wait longer than usual to apply the top coat, just to make sure that the dot, thicker than a usual coat of polish, is completely dry.

The dots will never truly be identical from one nail to the other, but this disparity has its charms -or at least that’s what I’m telling myself-. It is what differentiate the nails from the very precise and detailed nail art: these nails have the fun feel of nail art, without being too out there or too girly. The pop of red and the length -a little longer than usual for me-brings all the feminine and grown up side of classic long red nails whilst the clear polish limits the drama which usually comes with them. I cannot stop wearing them!