The Holiday 2013 season is HERE! Which means it’s time for merry family get-togethers, jubilant gift-giving and… festive nail fashions!
Lovely ladies everywhere are getting ready to rock their fave light-up Christmas sweaters and Santa hats at all the seasonal soirees, but there is another way to add the perfect touch of holiday pizazz to their attire: a jolly and festive manicure!
Katie Saxton, Nail Expert and President of Custom Nail Solutions, and MARS the Salon Nail Art Artist and Owner Hiroko Fujikawa have the exclusive inside steps on merry manicures that will help you look fabulous throughout the season.
Gleeful Glitter: (above) Paint your nails red and green, alternating the colors on each nail, and let dry. Then, paint each red nail with a coat of red glitter polish and add a coat of green glitter polish to all of the green nails. Let dry and voilà! Your nails are ready to steal the spotlight at all your merry festivities!
Winter Snowflake Mani: Before you do this design, make sure you have blue polish, silver polish, clear topcoat and a nail stamp kit with a snowflake stamping plate on hand. We like the Nail Art Stamping Set by Shany Cosmetics. Paint your nails blue and let dry, then place silver polish over the snowflake design on the stamping plate, and use the nail kit’s scraper to rid the plate of excess polish. While the silver polish is still wet, place the stamper over the plate so the snowflake design transfers, then press the stamper down on the nail. Do this until each nail is adorned with cute little silver snowflakes. Finish the look by adding a clear topcoat to each nail.
Christmas Tree Tape Mani: To do this nail design, have on-hand green polish, red polish, Scotch tape, scissors, nail glue and gold nail gems. Paint the first nail red and let dry, then lay a piece of tape from the bottom left edge to the center of the tip, and place a second piece of tape from the right bottom edge to the center of the tip, making sure the pieces of tape intersect at a point below the upper edge of the nail. This will form a triangle “tree” of space in the middle of the nail.
Cut several strips of tape and place them horizontally across the “tree,” making sure they are not exactly parallel. Paint over the nail and tape strips with green polish and remove the tape strips while the polish is still dry. Let dry and repeat for each nail. Once all the nails are adorned with little green Christmas trees against a red background, add a clear topcoat to each nail. Once dry, use nail glue to glue gold nail gem “stars” at the top of each tree!
Pretty Presents: To do this mani, have on-hand red polish, green polish, purple polish, gold polish and silver polish. Paint each nail either red, green, or purple, alternating the colors for each nail. Then, using a toothpick, paint a single gold “ribbon” from the top of each nail to the bottom, and add a silver line next to the gold. Let dry, then use the toothpick to draw horizontal gold and silver ribbons through the middle of each nail. Once dry, use a toothpick to add little silver and gold “bows” where the ribbons intersect. Add a clear topcoat to complete the look.
Jubilant New Year Mani: This flashy nail design will help you look fabulous as you count down to the New Year! Paint all of your nails royal blue and let dry, then add a coat of multicolored glitter polish on each nail. This is a fun and festive way to celebrate the New Year!
Christmas Lights Mani: Paint your nails red and let dry, then, using a toothpick and black nail polish, draw a squiggly black “light cord” from the outer edge of your thumbnail to the outer edge of your pinky nail, making certain to only get polish on the nails. Let the polish dry, then paint little holiday Christmas lights both above and below the cord, using polishes of all different colors. Once complete and dry, add a final topcoat to complete the look!
Joyous Water Marble Mani: An eye-catching red and green water marble mani will look great with all of your holiday get-ups! To do this intricate and eye-catching design, start off with a cup of room temperature water, a bottle of red polish and a bottle of green polish, as well as tape and several toothpicks. Place tape around the edge of the first nail, covering the cuticles. Add two drops of red to the water and let spread, then a drop of green polish in the middle of the red polish.
Then, take a toothpick and drag the edges of the polish to the center of the circle. Press your nail into the design, use a toothpick to scrape excess polish away from the edges of the nail, and take the nail out of the water. Then remove the tape and let dry. Use a toothpick to clear the polish from the top of the water, and repeat the process with the rest of the nails. Add a final clear topcoat to complete the look. The end result: a jolly water marble mani that is sure to be the talk of every seasonal soiree you attend!
1. Apply a base coat
2. Apply red color polish on the index finger, white color polish on ring finger and silver glitter color polish on the thumb, middle and pinkie fingers
3. Paint a snow crystal on the index finger and then paint a line of the silver glitter in the center
4. Paint dots on the ring finger and then paint a line of the silver glitter in the center
5. Attach some silver holograms by glue on thumb, middle and pinky fingers
6. Apply top coat
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply red color polish on thumb, middle and pinky fingers, and then paint snow crystal on red
3. Paint a snowman on the index finger
4. Paint a Christmas tree on the ring finger
5. Apply top coat
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Which holiday nail art ideas will you be trying out this holiday season?
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