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How to: Three Ways to Create Christmas-Inspired Nail Art

Mon, 17 December 2012 5:35PM

With just over a week left until Christmas, it’s about the right time to start bringing out the decorative nail art, Primpers. Since Christmas is one of the only times of the year that some of us can get away with wearing nail art, I say let’s paint the town red (and green!).

We’ve got three festive designs on offer, all of the DIY variety, but all varying in difficulty and fiddly-ness factor.

1.The Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love a Christmas tree nail art decoration? Here, follow my step-by-step guide to recreating it. While a little fiddly, it works beautifully as a feature nail, with your other nails painted a rich forest green, or even red.

Step 1:

Paint your base coat and then follow with your main colour. I slicked on Hello Darling Nail Lacquer in Hot Tamale, $20.95, Hello Darling. Wait for it to dry, at least 10-15 minutes.

Step 2:

Using Manicare Glam Nails Nail Art Pen in Emerald Green, $9.95, Priceline, draw the outline of a Christmas tree using short, quick brushstrokes. Then colour in the tree.

Step 3:

Working quickly, grab your Hello Darling Rock Candy in Gilded Ristretto, $24.95, and, using tweezers, place singular balls on the tree to act as mini decorations. For the star, add a small dollop of red polish at the top of your tree, and drop three gold balls at the top. Press in gently so they stay put. Here’s the finished product:

2. Candy Cane

Despite the fact that you may look like a mad Sydney Swans (or St George Dragons) football supporter, candy cane nails are one fabulous way to decorate your nails for Christmas.

Step 1:

Slick on a layer of base coat and then add a coat of white nail polish – I love Orly Nail Lacquer in Dayglow, $18.95, 1300 769 355. Wait at least 10-15 minutes for your polish to dry.

Step 2:

If you’re wanting to do a little DIY, follow my How-to guide to striped nails, placing your Scotch Tape on a diagonal rather than vertically. However, using a nail art pen, provided you can find one the right colour, also works a treat. I used Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in Red, $12.95, Priceline, and drew the candy cane lines, then filled them in. Wait for it to dry, then add top coat.

3. White Christmas

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas like I am – what I wouldn’t give to be NYC – I don’t need to tell you how much we love Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $14.95, Priceline. Just in time for Christmas, there are five different designs, from sparkling glitter-effect (Shiny New Year) to monochrome checks (Checkin’ It Twice), and each kit comes with 16 nail polish strips, a mini cuticle stick and application instructions. My favourite design, however, is Snow Way!, a glistening pearly base with intricate ice blue snowflakes. While it does look beautiful as a full set, I love this as a feature nail.

Tell me, Primpers, what are you painting your nails this Christmas?

Are you keen to try out any festive nail art?

Do you have a favourite here?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: Miss_5ft0 Enthusiast // Mon, 17 December 2012 09:10pm

    Cute! Tempted to do some of these asap.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 12:27am

    I like the one statement mail.

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 08:32am

    These are all awesome!!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 10:06am

    The Candy Cane is a bit cute…

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Tue, 18 December 2012 10:11am

    Not a fan of nail art, but I think Christmas would be the only time I would consider wearing it. These are a little cute, and where’s the harm?!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 10:12am

    Love all of the above!!
    I was considering painting my nails green and then paint the backs of my nail red for this chrissy. But one of my thumb nails broke so now the look wouldnt be the same.
    I might have to copy your white chistmas look hayley :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Tue, 18 December 2012 10:17am

    I really like the idea of a Christmas statement nail, I think it looks more sophisticated and not as cluttered when all nails are done

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 11:05am

    So adorable the snowflakes are my favorite!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 24 January 2013 09:37pm

    I love the Snow Way nail polish strips from Sally Hansen, so cute!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 16 February 2013 06:50pm

    so cute

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Wed, 3 April 2013 09:21am

    I love the last one.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 3 June 2013 04:21pm

    Great ideas for christmas nail art. Well done.

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 09:57am

    Damn why can’t Christmas be every day of the year….I shop like it is!!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 04:05pm


  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Tue, 24 June 2014 09:49pm

    Cute …. all of them!

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