The holidays are a time for crazy nail art where anything goes! But are too many glittery festive nail art ideas making you feel overwhelmed and all Christmassed-out? We get it. Not everyone is into sparkle. Plus, while red, green and gold nails certainly get you humming Jingle Bells, the strong colours do clash with just about every outfit.
Here’s the thing: when we said that anything goes, we meant it. You don’t need to stick to traditional colours to put a festive spin on your nails, and you don’t need to go all out with the bling. If you’re aiming for unusual but not-so-weird nails to turn heads at the year-end party, take a look at our Christmas tree nail art tutorial with a twist.
Black and nude Christmas tree nail art
Who said that Christmas trees always had to be green? This black and nude look has Christmas written all over it while remaining oh-so-chic and decidedly modern.
You will need:
Black nail varnish - try Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice or Essie Nail Lacquer in Over the Edge
Protective top coat - try Essie Good To Go Top Coat
Nail tape or French manicure strips
A thin paintbrush
Small gold or silver star nail decals (optional)
Start with clean, dry nails. Use nail tape or French manicure strips to stencil off a thin line at the tip of each nail. Paint the nail tips with black nail polish, applying the varnish using horizontal strokes. This will prevent the colour from leaking underneath the tape and ensure a clean straight line. When the varnish is tacky, but not totally dry, carefully remove the tape.
Once the tips of your nails are completely dry, use a thin paintbrush dipped in black varnish to paint a modern scribbled Christmas tree on each nail. Start the line just underneath the cuticle and paint a zig-zag that increases in size as you get to the tip. Finish off with a line that joins your Christmas tree to the black nail varnish on the tip.
Hint: Practice painting your Christmas trees on a piece of paper before starting on your nails. If you want an effect that is subtle (and easier to achieve) don’t paint a tree on every nail; just choose one nail as your statement nail.
If you want to, use a clear varnish to glue a small gold or silver star to the top of each tree, just under your cuticle.
When your nails are completely dry, apply 2 coats of Essie Good To Go Top Coat for a shiny, chip-free finish.