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Blogmas Day 20: Holiday Nail Tips

Blogmas Day 20: Holiday Nail Tips

Tis the season of holiday parties and festive gatherings! And, of course, the perfect season to get your nails in the spirit.

If going to the nail salon isn’t your style, I’ve got some easy nail art to spice up your holiday manicure!

Geometric Shapes

Always a good choice for the holiday season. You can add more to these designs or even make it look like a tree on your nail. These designs usually don’t require more than two colors, so it you’re looking for something quick, here’s your look!

  1. Paint a base color of your choice on the nail. Some may prefer to use a base coat here if the color is especially dark. Wait for it to dry, and apply a second coat. Let it dry.
  2. Wait for the base color to be COMPLETELY dry. Often even store bought polishes need a certain amount of curing time. (This is the time when your nails are dry but can still get smudges or imprints in them.) It is best to wait 24 hours for them to cure, however, if you’re in a time crunch a couple hours should be fine.
  3. Now that your nails are completely dry, it’s time for the art! Select a second color and have it ready nearby. Then take some painter’s tape or masquing tape and cut or tear off a piece just wider than your nail. Carefully fold the tape in half. Don’t let it get really stuck to itself, because you’re going to have to reopen it later.
  4. Take scissors, and cut the shape you want. I’m cutting a triangular shape out. Save the piece you cut out.
  5. Position and stick the tape down on the nail. For a triangle, your next step is to paint. I did a stripe, so I took the cut out, opened it, and stuck it down from the original piece. Make sure the tape is stuck down so the polish doesn’t run under the tape. 
  6. Paint that polish on! You can paint on the tape to make sure you hit all the edges of the design. 
  7. Wait a couple seconds for the polish to dry down a bit. Remove the tape and allow for it to dry the rest of the way. Touch up and parts where the paint was thin or corners you might have missed.
  8. Add a glossy top coat to seal in the design and to bring out the shine.

Polishes used: Essie “Ring in the Bling”, Sally Hanson “Golden-I”, OPI Topcoat

Festive Garland

Ever wanted the festivity of garland on your nail? Well you’re in luck! In this easy tutorial, you can use items you have at home for an easy festive look!

  1. Paint nail wait base color. Apply a second coat and wait for it to dry. 
  2. After waiting for the polish to cure, you’re ready for art! For this one we’ll be dotting to make the design. You can take a dotting tool or the tip of a bobby pin or a sewing pin head can work just as well.
  3. Find a palette of some sort. I use the lid of an old container as a palette, or you could use a paper plate. Take your desired color and drip some onto the lid. Take your dotting tool and dab it into the polish. Do a couple practice dots on the lid.
  4. Get ready to dot! You can do this diagonally across the nail or straight across. I went in a pattern of alternating the dots, first with the gold. Let it dry for a second and wipe the dotting head clean. 
  5. I dropped my next color on the palette and dotted. Again, do a couple practice dots to test it out. I filled the alternated holes with the red.
  6. The colors I chose were a bit transparent, so I did go over them again with a second dot.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Cover with a base coat to seal in the color.
  9. You may want to add some loose glitter or small rhinestones to this design!

Polishes used: Essie “Ring in the Bling”, Essie “Incognito”, Sally Hanson “Golden-I”, OPI Topcoat

And that’s all! Hope your holiday nails come to life, and you get compliments on them! x

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