The red looks a bit dark in the bottle, the picture of it on my nails show what it really looks like. I think it was 1, maybe 2 coats of red and then just used the brush of the white nail varnish to do the spots. Although in the pictures my nails look really shiny; I didn't use any top coat. I tried to use the top coat but as soon as i put it on my nail it seemed to smudge the red nail varnish into the white spots - not good! Even without top coat my nails didn't chip for a while and i got loads of compliments :)
I'd love to know of a good brand of white nail polish though because this white nail polish on it's own isn't that thick and it takes a few coats to look good.