On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me an overweight bearded man. That’s right folks, it ain’t no Christmas without our Father of Christmas, our dear Saint Nicholas, ‘Ol Nicky, Papa Noel, okay I’ll stop now and get this show on the road. Also I think this nail tutorial looks best with square/squoval shape nail, but I already have pointed/round nails so I do apologise in advance if my Santas look a little strange looking.
What you’ll need/what I used: L-R: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle (used as basecoat and strengthener), Seche Vite Topcoat, Barry M Matt White 66 Nail Varnish, Barry M 320 Fold Gold Nail varnish, Nails Inc. Kate Spade New York 413 Big Apple Red Nail Varnish (Free in this month’s Glamour!), NYC 165 Carrie’d Away Nude Nail Varnish, toothpicks and dotting tools (optional)
Step one: Paint your nails one thin coat of basecoat to protect the natural nails and to prevent staining.
Step two: Paint all your nails a red colour and leave the ring finger blank.
Step three: Paint your ring finger a nude colour.
Step four: Take either your toothpick or dotting tool dipped into white polish and in a stippling motion drawing a line vertically down the nail and also paint the tips. So you’ll end up with weird-lookig upside-down T shape.
Step five: Once Santa’s fur trim coat have dried use a black striper or take your toothpick and draw a thick black line across the middle of the nail to create the belt.
Step six: Once the belt has dried take your toothpick dipped into gold polish and draw a square in the middle of the nail to create the buckle of the belt. Then add gold dots along the white trimming to create little buttons.
Step seven: Going back to the ring finger, this will be Santa’s face. Take your toothpick or dotting tool dipped into white polish and in a stippling motion draw on the beard until about halfway up the nail.
Step eight: Then paint two side burns on either side.
Step nine: Take your old pal toothpick or dotting tool and dip it into red polish and draw a line across where the two side burns meet.
Step ten: Then fill in the rest of Santa’s hat using a stippling motion.
Step eleven: Once the hat has dried take your white toothpick or dotting tool again and stipple on the fur of the hat. Make sure you leave a small rectangle for Santa’s face, otherwise you will have one hairy looking Santa.
Step twelve: Take your toothpick or dotting tool and dip it into black nail polish and dot two small eyes in the middle of the nude rectangle.
Step thirteen: Then take a bigger dotting tool and dip it into red polish and draw a bigger dot underneath the eyes to create Santa’s big red nose.
Step fourteen: Then take your black striper or toothpick and draw a small curved line under the nose to create Santa’s smile.
Step fifteen: Once all nails have completely dried finish with a fast-drying topcoat to protect your designs and prevent them from chipping.
And that’s it! That’s the second day of 12 days of Naillion. You now have permission to parade around shouting at random people saying “SANTA, I KNOW SANTA.” No really don’t do that, you might get arrested.