It’s that time again, when you can’t go into a store or turn on the radio without hearing Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber singing a catchy Christmas tune. Everyone’s house is covered in twinkly lights and a glittering Christmas tree peeks out through every living room window.
This time of year is so magical and happy. I hope you all have someone (or a lot of people) to share it with.
I wish I could give all my readers gifts, but I guess these tutorials will have to do. =)
Nail Design 1: Itty bitty Holly Leaves!
- Clear base coat and top coat.
- A gold, shimmery polish. I used OPI’s “Glitzerland”
- A dark green polish. I used OPI’s “Don’t mess with OPI”
- A bright red polish. I used OPI’s “Perfectly Red”
- 2 toothpicks.
Step 1: Base Coat
To help the polish go on smoothly and to protect your nail, apply a clear base coat. I always use Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength. It comes in a pretty bottle, and it strengthens my nails, too!
Step 2: Paint your nails gold.
Paint 1 to 2 coats of sparkly gold on your nails. I used OPI’s “Glitzerland”. It’s sort of sheer, so I painted 2 coats to make it more opaque.
Step 3: Add Holly Leaves
Using a toothpick and your dark green (I used OPI’s “Don’t mess with OPI”), begin to paint leaves. This may require practice, so use an extra sheet of paper if you want to. (I practiced on my bare nails before starting the tutorial).
Begin by dipping your toothpick into the nail polish bottle and painting the stem of your holly leave diagonally on the nail. Next, dip it again and draw 4 pointy tips out to the side of the stem, 2 on each side. It should look something like this at the end:
Like I said, it takes practice. They won’t all look the same. Just do your best. =)
The end result should look something like this:
Step 4: Holly Berries
Using the other toothpick and your red (I used OPI’s “Perfectly Red”), paint holly berries. This will be much easier than the leaves.
Dip your toothpick into the bottle of polish, and then paint a bunch of 3 berries onto the top of the holly leaf. It should look like this:
Make sure you put the berries at the top of the leaf, and try your hardest to make them look like 3 separate dots, not one blob.
Step 5: Finish off with a top coat!
Make sure you wait a while before you add the top coat, because chances are your leaves and berries will be pretty thick and will take a while to dry. After 10-15 minutes, it should be safe to add your top coat. I always wait a little longer, just in case.
Once you’ve added your top coat, you’re done!
Thanks to my lovely roommate, Rachel, for volunteering her hands!
Nail Design 2: Candy Canes!
- A clear base coat and top coat
- A red. I used OPI’s “perfectly red”
- A white striper and a silver striper. I got mine from a drug store.
Step 1: Base coat
As always, start with a base coat.
Step 2: Paint your nails red.
Do just one coat of bright red. I used OPI’s “Perfectly red”.
Step 3: White Stripes!
Using your white striper, make at least 3 diagonal lines across your nails. If you don’t own a striper, you could use a toothpick dipped in white polish.
This is the striper I used.
If you don’t know what a striper is, it’s essentially just a very thin nail polish brush. I highly suggest investing in some if you intend to get hardcore about your nail designs. I own a white one, a black one, and a silver one, and I use them all the time!
Here are a few of my nails already done:
Step 4: Silver stripes!
Add a bit more flair by painting silver stripes next to the white stripes you’ve already painted. this just gives the nails a bit more glamour.
This is the striper I used.
Step 5: Top coat!
Once your polish is dry (give it a good 5-10 minutes after you’ve added the silver stripes), add a top coat to seal in the color and keep it from chipping.
Here’s the finished result!
As you can tell, my stripes are a bit wobbly, but it’s okay. They’ll still look like candy canes!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tutorials and that they get you in the Christmas mood! Merry Christmas!
With love ❤