Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas Nail Art


I used the following colours
Black, orange, white, metallic silver, red, yellow, green, and clear
to create a candy cane, silver, Santa's belt, Christmas tree and snowman designs


I gave myself a mini-manicure
Filing the nails and pushing back the cuticles, followed by a quick sweep of a cottonwool ball soaked in nail varnish remover to ensure the nail bed is primed for varnish


After a coat of clear nail varnish to protect the nail bed, my nails are ready for colour and design


The base coats of white, green, red, silver and white 


I decant drops of the coloured varnish to a square of aluminium/tin foil to use with the nail art tool
My nail art tool is double-ended. One end is the dotting tool, the other is a very fine brush


Using the nail art too, I carefully painted on the details
The dotting tool is perfect for the snowman's eyes and mouth, and the little brush perfect for the candy cane stripes


Snowman: dotting tool for the black eyes and mouth. The brush for the orange carrot nose, and red hat and scarf. 
Christmas Tree: The dotting tool for various colours of baubles
Santa's belt: the dotting tool for the buttons, and the brush for the black belt, then yellow for the belt metalwork
Candy cane: Just diagonal stripes of red using the brush

Don't forget to clean the nail art tool after every colour with a varnish remover soaked cotton pad


What do you think? Will you attempt this fun Christmas-themed nail art challenge? Remember, practice makes perfect with the nail art tool. I'm still very much a beginner, but I'm loving practicing the different techniques. 

12 comments:

  1. Really creative! I love holiday inspired nail polish, especially snowmen. :) You did a great job!

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  2. These nails are so cute and creative. I like the candy cane striped ones the best!

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  3. I LOVE THEM!!!! The snowman on my thumb is my favorite. I am going to get my nails done this week & now I'm thinking that I'll have them put a snowman on one of my fingernails :)

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  4. I am lucky to get polish on only my nails---actually doing nail art-I shiver to think what it would end up looking like! You, however have done a marvelous job!

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  5. Oh my they are fab! I love the snow man one how cute <3<3xx

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  6. Soooo cute! You are so talented. I could never do this. I think I want to get the candy cane stripe the next time I get a manicure!

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  7. So cute, I can not paint my nails one color and get it right let alone be creative like that.

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  8. How adorable. I'm not big into getting my nails done since I can't wear polish and even on vacation I don't really do them but this makes me want to get festive. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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  9. You do a great job. Very cute and you nails look healthy too. I would love someone to decorate my nails like this for the holidays but I know I wouldn't be very good at it.

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  10. AWWW..you made it look SOOO easy..turned out beautiful.. I love it... Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays :-)

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  11. This is so cute. My girls would love to have a Christmas manicure with nail art. The snowman is just too cute. I am going to show this to my girls so they can give themselves some cute Christmas nail art.

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  12. How nice. Your nails look so fun and festive.

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