How to Paint Christmas Designs on Nail Art

Five Methods:PenguinCandy CaneSnowflakeRudolphSanta

Whether you're preparing for a fun Christmas party, you're after a wintery look or just for fun, Christmas nail designs are a great way to ring in the holiday season. These whimsical designs will have people taking a second look, and you'll be adding to the festive cheer.

Method 1
Penguin

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    Start with a base coat to protect your natural nails.
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    Paint the background. Paint your nails either light purple or light blue. Wait until the layer dries.
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    Paint the penguin's body:
    • Paint a black oval in the middle of your nails. This forms the body. Allow to dry.
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    • Paint a smaller white oval inside the black oval. Allow this to dry. The body of the penguin is now formed.
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    Add eyes. Paint two small dots near the top of the oval.
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    Add feet. Paint two small circles at the bottom of the oval.
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    Paint a top coat after everything is dry. You now have the first penguin. Repeat for each nail you'd like the penguin design on.

Method 2
Candy Cane

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    Test the design out on one of your nails to see how it suits you before making more. If you like it, repeat for each nail.
    • When choosing a red color, choose a more Christmas-y color rather than a neon looking red. Keep it traditional.
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    Paint a top coat of red on all of your nails. Allow it to dry.
    • Make sure there are no air bubbles or snags, If so, just simply redo.
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    Paint a second coat of the red. Let it dry.
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    Get a thin brush and some white nail polish. Paint three diagonal lines spread out across each nail.
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    In between each white diagonal line, you can place a sparkly color for added effect, if wished.

Method 3
Snowflake

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    Paint the nail base color. You will want a solid, long-lasting base, so consider applying two coats. Provide enough drying time between coats to create a smooth, solid surface for the snowflakes.
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    Create the base for the snowflake design. Draw three lines on one side of your nail. The lines should consist of two diagonal lines and one straight line.
    • Don’t draw the lines straight across the nail; instead, only draw them halfway to the middle.
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    Add the snowflake tips. Draw two short lines like arrow tips at the top of each long line. Leave a small amount on the top of each long line to give the look of a real snowflake.
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    Draw two more arrow-tip lines underneath the top two lines on each long line. The bottom two lines should be slightly shorter than the top two lines.

Method 4
Rudolph

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    Paint all the tips of your nails red, except for your index finger. For this finger, make it a light brown (or tan) circle coming up from your nail. You can use a makeup brush, the brush it came with, or even a dotting tool.
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    Paint the antlers, nose, and the beginning of the eyes.
    • To make the antlers, dip a makeup brush, dotting tool, or even a toothpick in dark brown (or if you used tan, a light brown) polish and make a line with two or three smaller lines coming up.
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    • To make the nose, either paint it with a red polish, or dot it with a dotting tool.
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    • To make the beginning of the eyes, make two large dots where you want the eyes to be.
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    Make sure the black is completely dry before proceeding. Once it is dry, finish the eyes with a slightly smaller white dot on the black, and a slightly smaller black dot over that.
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    Add glitter to the red tips and the nose. Put on a top coat, let it dry, and you're done! Now you can wear this cute design while doing anything this Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Method 5
Santa

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    Paint the hat first. Paint a red triangle on the top of your nail.
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    Paint a pom pom for the hat. Put a white big dot on top of the triangle.
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    Add Santa's head. Add a peach or a pink circle under the triangle.
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    Put a white beard around Santa's chin, covering the mouth.
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    Finally, paint on his eyes and nose. For these, use any color you like.

Tips

  • In each case, it is recommended that you add a top coat to finish off the design.
  • Allow each layer of nail polish to fully dry before adding the next layer. If you don't wait, the colors and features may blur.

Warnings

  • Choose nail polish that lists all of its ingredients. Be an informed consumer.

Things You'll Need

  • Base coat
  • Nail polish in appropriate colors
  • Makeup brush, dotting tool, etc.
  • Top coat


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