Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Guest Post by Nail Polish Pursuit: Christmas Nail Art + Video Tutorial

Please enjoy this guest post by my friend Paola from Nail Polish Pursuit!

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Hi Pretty Polishers and Kellie Gonzo fans! I'm Paola (Pa-OH-La) aka Nail Polish Pursuit. I am SO honored that Kellie asked me come back and do another fun and cute guest post for her amazing blog! Kellie has been a wonderful mentor and inspiration to me throughout my nail polish blogging journey. Isn't she the best? I know we can all agree Kellie ROCKS! So for my guest post today, I've got 4 Christmas nail designs to show you. These are pretty simple and quick in case you need any last minute Christmas nail art ideas.

To create these designs you will need the following:

That's a lot of polish right? If you don't have all of these colors you can use what you have, or you can create only 1 of these 4 designs and paint the rest of your nails red or green for the holiday season. You also don't have to use these exact colors I used, but in case you're interested, here is the list:

Gold polish - Ziv by ZOYA
Red polish - Sooki by ZOYA
Green glitter polish - Logan by ZOYA
Nude polish - Rue by ZOYA
Pink polish - Lo by ZOYA
Blue polish - Sia by ZOYA
Silver polish - I'd Melt For You by China Glaze
Orange polish - Lady & the Vamp by China Glaze
Black polish - Never Have Too Mani Friends! by OPI (Hello Kitty Collection)
White polish - French Tip by Color Club

You're also going to need a dotting tool or toothpick, a fast drying top coat (I used HK Girl by Glisten & Glow), straight nail vinyls or tape, and a thin nail art brush.

Now let's take a look at how to create each one:

CANDY CANE
Yummy, simple, and festive!
  1. Start with a white base. I love using French Tip by Color Club because it's a one coater and super opaque!
  2. Apply a fast drying top coat and let it completely dry for about 15 minutes.
  3. Apply your nail vinyls at an angle to give the appearance of the candy cane swirls. If you don't have nail vinyls you can cut tape into different sizes.
  4. Apply 1 coat of your red nail polish and remove the vinyls or tape immediately while the red polish is still wet.
  5. Once that is dry, apply your fast drying top coat to seal the design. TIP: Apply the top coat sideways so you don't smear the design.

SANTA CLAUS
So jolly and bright!
  1. Start with your red polish and apply only a small amount to the top 1/3 of your nail closest to your cuticle.
  2. Then apply your nude polish to the middle portion of your nail. Don't worry about making the division of colors perfect because you will be covering it up.
  3. Next take your white polish and create a "french tip" line at the bottom of your nail to create Santa's beard.
  4. Once that is all dry, take your dotting tool dipped in white polish and create a line of dots side by side in between the red and nude polish to create Santa's hat.
  5. Now take your dotting tool dipped in black polish and make two small dots in the nude polish section of your nail to create Santa's eyes.
  6. Then use your thin nail art brush dipped in black polish and create a half moon shape under the eyes to create Santa's smile.
  7. Last you're going to take your dotting tool dipped in your pink polish and make two dots at each end of Santa's smile to create his jolly and bright cheeks!
  8. Once everything is dry, apply your fast drying top coat to seal the design.

CHRISTMAS TREE
This isn't a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!
  1. Start with a white base. Apply fast drying top coat and let it fully dry for about 15 minutes.
  2. Next take two pieces of vinyl or tape and make an X across your nail to create the outlining of the tree.
  3. Then add your green nail polish in between the "X" outline. While the polish is still dry, remove the vinyls or tape.
  4. Let that completely dry and you can leave it as is or you can add ornaments to you tree like I did.
  5. Using your dotting tool dipped in gold and silver polish, make dots inside your tree to create the ornaments.
  6. I added a star on top of my tree using a tiny nail art star that came in a wheel I bought at my local beauty supply store. You can also find these on amazon.
  7. Once everything is dry, apply your fast drying top coat to seal the design.

SNOWMAN
With a carrot nose!
  1. Start with a blue base. Apply fast drying top coat and let it fully dry for about 5 minutes.
  2. Then take your white polish and create a circular mound shape at the bottom of your nail.
  3. Next take your dotting tool dipped in white polish and make dots at the top portion of your nail to create snowflakes.
  4. Now take your dotting tool again but this time dipped in black polish and make two dots at the top of the white mound to make the snowman's eyes.
  5. Last take your thin nail art brush dipped in orange polish and make a sideways triangle to create the snowman's carrot nose.
  6. Once everything is dry, apply your fast drying top coat to seal the design.

You're all done! Hope you enjoyed these cute and fun Christmas nails! Remember you don't have to make these look perfect, even the best nail artists make mistakes. Your designs will be unique and beautiful.

I also have a step by step video tutorial for these nails on my YouTube channel here:

I wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a huge thank you to Kellie for giving me this opportunity to be a part of her awesome blog!
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Thanks so much for guest posting again Paola! I love nail art oh so much and I fail so hard at it, so thanks for bringing some creativity to my blog! Let me know what you think! What are you wearing on your nails for the holidays? Be sure to stop by the Nail Polish Pursuit blog and subscribe if you want, or follow her on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube!

❤ Kellie
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