Give yourself a Christmas manicure

Dec 10, 2013 at 5:00 a.m. ET
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Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is here. Get into the spirit from the top of your head to the tip of your fingernails with three easy Christmas nail art tutorials.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial
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Christmas is a bright and cheerful time, when red and green unabashedly mingle with one another, spurred on by glittery gold and silver. Don't make your nails miss out on all the fun. Pull out your bright, fun, sparkly nail polish and celebrate the season by turning your fingertips into miniature Christmas trees, reindeer and pretty homages to the Christmas colours.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial

Supplies:

  • 3 shades green nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Teal nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Washi tape
  • Cotton pads, ear buds and toothpicks for corrections

Christmas tree nail art tutorial supplies
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Instructions:

Step 1: After applying a top coat, paint your nails red.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 1 paint nails
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Step 2: Stick two strips of washi tape over the base of your nail, forming a triangle.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step add washi tape
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Step 3: Form a Christmas tree by sticking down four pieces of angled washi tape.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 3 form tree shape
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Step 4: Paint the uncovered area with teal nail polish.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 4 paint in teal
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Step 5: Starting at the bottom, peel off the strips of washi tape, one by one. Make sure to do this before the polish dries.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 5 peel off washi tape
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Step 6: Form a triangle at the base of your nail — near your cuticle — using strips of washi tape.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 6 form triangle at base of nail
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Step 7: Paint the uncovered area with the lightest shade of green, then peel off the washi tape and allow the polish to dry.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 7 paint light green
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Step 8: Once the polish has dried, make a second triangle beneath the first using the washi tape.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 8 form second triangle
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Step 9: Paint the uncovered area with the second-lightest shade of green and peel off the washi tape.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 9 paint in darker green
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Step 10: Place the washi tape over the second layer of the tree.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 10 paint third triangle for tree
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Step 11: Paint the uncovered area beneath the washi tape with the darkest shade of green, then peel the washi tape away.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 11 peel away tape
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Step 12: Repeat the process on the rest of the fingernails.

Christmas tree nail art tutorial Step 12 repeat on rest of nails
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Rudolph nail art tutorial

Rudolph nail art tutorial
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Supplies:

  • Pale blue nail polish
  • Brown nail polish
  • Black nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads, ear buds and toothpicks for corrections

Rudolph nail art tutorial supplies
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Instructions:

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint your nails with a pale blue nail polish.

Rudolph nail art tutorial Step 1 paint nails blue
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Step 2: Working from just beneath the centre to the tip, paint semicircles or oblongs on each of your nails using the brown polish.

Rudolph nail art tutorial Step 2 paint half circle in brown
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Step 3: Using a toothpick and black nail polish, carefully draw antlers at the top of each brown area.

Rudolph nail art tutorial Step 3 paint on antlers
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Step 4: Using the same toothpick and black polish, draw eyes.

Rudolph nail art tutorial Step 4 draw eyes with toothpick
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Step 5: Finally, using the very tip of your brush, paint four black noses and one red nose (for Rudolph). Add a top coat if you like.

Rudolph nail art tutorial Step 5 add noses
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Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial
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Supplies:

  • White nail polish
  • Pale blue nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Gold glitter nail polish
  • Washi tape
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads, ear buds and toothpicks for corrections

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial supplies
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Instructions:

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint your nails in three different shades of polish.

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial Step 1 apply different base coats
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Step 2: Place strips of washi tape diagonally across your fingernails and vertically across your thumbnail.

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial Step 2 Stick Washi tape over nails
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Step 3: Paint the uncovered part of your nails with the gold glitter nail polish.

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial paint uncovered part of nails
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Step 4: Remove the washi tape, finish off with a top coat and you're done.

Glittery Christmas nail art tutorial Step 4 finish with topcoat
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