Simple DIY Christmas Nail Designs

Monday, December 23, 2013
I have quite a few christmas, festive nail art designs - I am not very good at nail art so if I can do these designs, anyone can! I am calling this post Simple DIY Designs as I do not have any actual nail tools - I use things that everyone would have such as cellotape, coloured paper, bobby pins, cocktail sticks and a thin brush.
1. Penguin: To make these cute, simple but effective festive penguins. All I used was the Rimmel Black Cab polish all over - I had to use two thick coats (I would recommend this polish) then white dots for eyes with a black dot in the middle of the white. I didn't have an orange nail polish or an orange eyeshadow to make into an orange polish so I had to use tiny triangles that I cut out of a orange piece of paper. 

2. ELF Hats: I just applied a blob of red and green at the tips of my nails and moved it with the brush into a pointed shape. The I used a bobby pin to dot white polish at he tip of the hat. I used two polish from ciate - Red hot chili and stiletto. 

3. Presents: I used an OPI shade 'A-rose at dawn...broke by noon' all over the nails then when it was completely dry I used a black CD marker to draw on lines and a bow. When using nail art pens or markers on the nails make sure the polish underneath is completely dry. 

4. Christmas trees: This is my favourite design, I applied cellotape in a triangle on the nail then used the Ciate shade 'stiletto' in the triangle. When dry I drew on black diagonal lines for the lights and then dotted red and gold polish for the baubles and star. 

5. Red/Gold Glitter: So simple but so festive. I applied Ciate 'red hot chili' then when dry I applied two coats of the Topshop shade 'stardust'. 

6. Snow Queen: I used the Color Club polish in the shade 'mod in manhattan' in two coats and then the Topshop polish in the shades 'stardust' at the tips.

7. Pink Fairy: Another simple glitter combo! I used loreal color riche int he shade 402 as a base then applied loreal color riche in the shade 836 over the top which is a gorgeous metallic pink glitter topcoat. 

8. Snowy Forest: Another Topshop polish in the shade Fallen Leaf as a base. I then mixed the Topshop Stardust shade with the white half from the Revlon nail art Miss perfect duo to create a creamy white with gold glitter for the snow on the tips of the nails. 

9. Silver Trees: I applied the new Essie winter trio shade 'Parka perfect' as a background and when it was completely dry I stuck two pieces of tape in a triangle shape on the nails. I painted the ciate shade 'Fit For a Queen' in the triangle. For the baubles and star I used Nails Inc Baker Street and Revlons Fall Mood. 

10. Snowflake: You will need the ciate caviar set or beads for this design. I applied Nails Inc Chesham Place over the nail and while the polish was wet I used my Tweezerman tweezers to place individual ciate caviar beads onto my nail in a snowflake(ish) design. 

11. Snowman: For the snowman I used the white shade from the Revlon Miss perfect duo and used a cocktail stick to move the polish into a snowman shape. I the used a bobby pin to dot the white as a background for the snowman. While the snowman was drying I painted the other nails with Ciates Pepperminty and dotted the white on them too along with Nails Inc Baker Street. When the snowman was dry I used a bobby pin to draw a scarf in Baker Street and I used a black CD marker to dot on eyes. 

12. Candy Store: This is the easiest design. I painted my nails with Color Club Mod in Manhattan. The when the polish was completely dry I used a red CD/DVD marker to draw on designs, such as a snowflake, heart, stripes etc. I really need to buy actual nail art pens! x

14 comments

  1. I love the penguins, those are very cute :)

    www.leenatheunicorn.blogspot.com

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  2. The penguin nails look so cute! x

    http://lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Yes!! I love these designs and you should try the Barry M Nail pens, I use them because they're really useful.
    Love your blog :3

    Alice x
    alzgalz.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. these are sooo cute! love the christmas trees!

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  5. I love all of these! So adorable! It must've taken you a while to paint and re-paint all of your nails, good on you! ADORE. xx

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  6. So lovely *_*

    Federica
    http://www.thecutielicious.com

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  7. LOVE this post. Especially love the candy design nails!
    Jess x
    www.wildflowerlondon.co.uk

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  8. Awww I love them.. especially the presents and candy design! xx

    Gem // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  9. Oh! Exactly I'm planning to paint my nails later after preparing our food now for Christmas Eve! Picking one of these. hope to make them perfect haha! :) Happy holidays!
    http://www.smizewithstyle.com/2013/12/shade-of-grey.html

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  10. LOVE the designs! I never thought of using permanent markers for nail art - it's so simple yet so smart!
    I love your blog and have followed!
    I hope you have an amazing Christmas and fab New Year!
    I love the posts!!
    It's going to be another great year for 2014… only improving!

    xoxo,

    berrybloomxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. There are so many cute designs!

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  12. Aaah! The penguin ones!!! Love.
    xXx

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  13. Nice designs! My favourites are snow queen and candy design :) x

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