Holiday Nail Art Inspiration

Monday, December 22, 2014
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At this point I’m sure that I’ll never grow up and I’m a total sucker for the holidays. I love hunting down the right gifts for everyone on my list, decorating, crafting, spending time with family, and I’ll take any excuse to make merry.

I’m on my way to my folk’s place now. So excited to see them and I’m definitely ready for a little down time! One of my favorite things to do when I go on vacation is paint my nails. I give myself manicures a lot for the blog but I’m usually in a rush. Often they aren’t even dry before I have to pick up my son at school and I mess ‘em up pretty bad.

Here are a couple of fun nail art ideas inspired by the season. Take a little time to chill and enjoy!

For both of these looks, I started with a base coat and two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Blanc. Don't forget to protect your work with a top coat as well.


Inspired by Santa Claus and Born Pretty's Mini Square Nail Studs, these Christmas nails display a variety of nail art techniques. Try one or try them all!



Thumb: I used Kiss Design Perfection Guides and OPI Gwen Stefani Collection in Love.Angel.Music.Baby. to add a gold half-moon accent.
Index Finger: I transferred a pretty bow using Born Pretty Nail Stamping Plate in Lovely Star Flower Pattern and OPI Gwen Stefani Collection in Hey Baby.santa-suit-nail

Middle Finger: Use striping tape to mask off a center line and the tip, paint Santa's jacket with a red like OPI Gwen Stefani Collection in Over & Over A-Gwen, remove the masking tape and add two strips of black striping tape to serve as a "belt." Finish with a Born Pretty Mini Square Nail Stud attached with OPI Mach 5 High Velocity Nail Adhesive.
Ring Finger: A glitter coat like Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Pearly Whites adds sparkle.
Pinky Finger: Red striping tape (I got mine on Amazon) is the easy way to create "candy cane nails." Simply place the strips, use grooming shears or a cuticle nipper to trim the excess. Don't forget to add a top coat.


Meant to mimic a snowy night, these sparkly nails are festive enough for the holidays but would be pretty all winter long.


1. Create "hills" with Kiss Design Perfection Guides.


2. Paint the "sky" a dark blue. I used Essie Nail Polish in After School Boy Blazer.

3. Top with a white-flecked glitter polish. I used holographic Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Pearly Whites.


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