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Great Nails: Christmas Nails
That time of Year...
It's the holidays and what better way to bring in Christmas Day than with Christmas inspired nails. I enjoy the festivities Christmas has to offer and with all the gatherings and parties taking place I get comfort from the fact that no matter what outfit I have on, my nails are up to date with the holiday season. There were so many ideas and designs I had in mind, too many to just choose one so I opted to make each nail it's own theme. I love the rich colors I was able to utilize which made it more fun to work with. A lot of the tools and tips used in this design have been previously explained in my two hubs, Great Nails: Decorating Your Nails and Great Nails: Decorating Tools For Nail Art.
These designs can be used on long or short nails. I recently cut my nails but it did not deter me from fashioning them up. :) Short nails or long nails, fabulous comes in all shapes and sizes!
Christmas lights are everywhere, on the trees, on the windows, on the fences and more. It was no wonder I felt inspired to use these colorful spectacles as my first design which I painted on my thumb because it had more area space to work with.
First before anything, I painted my nails with a base coat which doubled as a nail strengthener. I use one by and allowed that to completely dry. Then I took a white polish and painted my thumb, twice. Once dried, I used a black striper polish (or you can use a thin brush and dip it in black polish) and made two wavy lines going horizontal. There's no real science to this. I used my small size dotting tool and placed three random dots on each wavy line, some above the line and some below the line. To allow some drying time, I work on my other thumb in the meantime. I pick different colors to create my "lights". I used red, blue, green, yellow and pink. Again if you don't have all these colors in the striper polish, you can use regular nail polish in the various colors and dip a thin brush (can be found online or in Michael's) in each color. On each black dot, I press the brush down gently and form an oval shape resembling a light bulb. It's okay if it's not perfect, it's meant to be a little abstract. Do the same to all the other dots in different colors. Now, you created your own light display right on your finger! Sally Hansen
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because it brings the good out of people. Everyone celebrates with family and friends with music and good food. I feel Christmas is not complete until that first snow falls. There's something about snow that makes everything seem so magical. So this is my dedication to it.
I apply a silver nail polish on my pointer finger. Once dry, put on another coat. I tend to apply two coats of every color so that the manicure last longer and my nails are protected with the additional layer. I found this sparkly metallic nail polish at my local dollar store and I just love the color. After the application of the silver, I take my striper polish in white and proceed to make my snowflake. First I create a straight vertical line, then I cross it with a horizontal line. Next, I create a star by crossing a line through the middle on a slant, I do the same for the other side. Once you make your star now all that's left is to paint small "v's" next to the tip (end) of each line. There should be eight lines in total of which you will be painting the v's on. Simple, huh? Your own lucky snowflake.
Christmas would not be complete with the occasional candy cane. It's classic appeal is what makes it a staple at any family home or event. It's traditionally peppermint in flavor and carries the red and white colors. However, today, there are candy canes that range in color and flavor from rainbow colored to chocolate taste.
Candy canes originated in 1670, in Cologne, Germany. It was originally given to children to serve as a bribe to keep quiet during church services. In 1882, candy canes began to appear on Christmas trees to celebrate the holidays.
I start out this look by painting my middle finger a bright crimson red. There are several shades of red on the market and I myself have about 4 different hues in my personal collection. Pick a color that's bright and rich. The more you layer the color, the darker it will be. Next, use a striper polish in white and start making your slanted lines. I did three lines first and then applied another three, close to the first set of lines I created. That's it. Classic and traditional.
Frosty the Snowman
Popular song and children's show, Frosty the Snowman brings me back to childhood moments when my dad would play Christmas hits on our stereo on Christmas Day. He would play this song over and over again, right along with Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Song and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. So I decided to bring a little of that warmth to my holiday nails!
This was certainly the most time consuming of all the designs. I started by polishing my nails a very light baby blue. Once dried, I took the biggest nail dotter I had and dipped it in white polish. I created a large circle that would act as the body on the top of my nail (on the white of your nail). I wanted the design to be facing out if someone was looking at it not facing me. Then I made a smaller circle on top of the larger circle to create the head. I waited until the white was no longer wet and continued with a black striper polish to make the top hot. It takes some patience and a steady hand. But again, it does not have to be perfect. Once the hat was painted on (I made it with a quick horizontal stroke and then a small vertical stroke on top), I used the dotter to make black small circles for eyes, a smile and buttons. I dip the dotter in a little bit of orange to make the nose. The scarf was created by using a red striper brush and going along under the "smile" and created a "v" shape at the end. I finished the design with small white dots for snow. In the cold or sun, this snowman is safe from melting!
I could not complete my nails without having a little bit of green and sparkle. Thats when I remembered one of my favorite Christmas ornaments my mother used to always hang up on our tree. It was round and had so much glitter. As a child, I enjoyed the way some of the glitter fell off and rubbed onto my hands when hanging it. It was green with gold sparkles all around it. She only had one of them left from a pack of six she originally bought. I remember thinking how special it is because the colors for me seemed unusual for Christmas.
I picked up this dark green a long time ago and have never used it until this design. So I was excited to see how it would look on my nail. Sometimes, colors aren't what they seem in the bottle. I painted my pinkie this color and allowed it to dry after applying the second coat. I put some glitter onto a piece of paper and picked them up individually with my nail dotter and placed them over my wet nail (after I painted the nail green and allowed it to dry, I put on a clear top coat) in the shape I wanted. I just wanted a stripe look to mimic my mother's ornament. I went on with this until I was happy with my design, each time picking up glitter and placing it on my nail. Green and gold, a beautiful Christmas combination!
So there you have it. A complete Christmas look! I hope you try out these fun and unique designs and let me know how they turned it. If you rather do all your nails just one design (instead of something different on each) but are having a difficult time choosing which one you like most, take my quiz below to help you decide which one is right for you.