Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Nail Art Tutorial!

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.” - Dylan Thomas
- Stepping into Christmas with Charlotte -
IT'S FINALLY DECEMBER! AHH! What better way to start the month off than with full on festive nails! Below I have created 6 completely different nail art looks for the festive season. From Snowflakes to Christmas lights, your nails will have you straight on that 'nice list' for Santa.. Woohooo!

I've been wanting to do a nail art tutorial since I first started blogging. Many moons ago I found my love for 'Nail Art', I'd change my nails daily with all kinds of patterns and gems and would always have so much fun doing it. I hopped onto the nail art scene when it was slightly more unheard of, since then it's understandably became so popular, it's been pretty cool seeing the nail art craze come to life! I will be creating more nail art tutorials in the future and also explaining and showing what I used to do in a bit more detail, keep an eye out..

Have your nail varnish's at the ready for this Christmas nail art extravaganza. 
Are you ready? Are your nails a'steady? Here we GO-HO-HO!

'SNOWFLAKES snowflakes, everywhere!'
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: White, Dark Blue, Light Blue 
・Dotting tool  ・Gems
1. Apply two coats of white nail varnish to ensure the bold coverage.
2. Using a dark blue dotting pen or a dotting tool, paint on a small dot where you'd like the snowflake to be. Have no dotting tool? Then have no fear! Tooth picks and cocktail sticks are great alternatives!
3. Again either using the dotting pen or dotting tool, paint on 5 lines, it should look like an awkward looking star..
4. Then on each of the 5 lines, draw an inner line across each of the lines. Then at the end of each strand of the 'awkward star' add two dots.
5.  Dotting tool in action, apply a blob of nail varnish to a protected surface and simply use the tool to pick up the paint.
6. To add to your snowflake, take your lighter shade of blue and do the exact same again but in-between your already painted snowflake.
7. Why not finish off the snowflake by adding a small gem, you can find these in any craft store, eBay is also great for nail art gems.
I added another small snowflake just to finish off this look! 

'Rudolph the red nosed REINDEER'
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: Brown, Black, Red, White
・Dotting tool  ・Glitter
1.  Begin by painting on a half circle at the tip of your nail using brown nail varnish.
2. Using a dotting pen or tool, paint on two straight lines (these are the antlers!)
3. Similar to a Reindeer's antlers, begin to branch off of the lines by painting on small lines.
4. To create the eyes, take your dotting tool, dip it in white the nail varnish and simply dot onto your nail, creating two identical circles.
5. Additionally add two black dots in the centre of the white circles. 
6. This look wouldn't be complete without giving the reindeer a red nose! Similar to how you created the brown base, simply add a smaller half circle using red nail varnish.
7. To make it extra Christmassy add a bit of sparkle to the red nose!

'Frosty the SNOWMAN!'
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: White, Orange, Black, Dark Green, Light Green
・Dotting tool
1. Apply two coats of white nail varnish.
2. Using your dotting tool, take your orange nail varnish and dot on a small carrot nose, start with a small dot and drag the tool along your nail to create a sideways looking love heart!
3. Begin to add on the eyes and mouth with black paint and a dotting tool.
4. The snowman is starting to form, but whats a snowman without it's scarf! Take your darker shade of green and use the nail varnish brush to french polish the tips.
5. Taking the light green, add in small green dots to add detail to the scarf. Ta-da!

'Have a HOLLY jolly Christmas!'
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: Gold Glitter, Green, Black, Clear
・Dotting tool  ・Gems/ Glitter
1. Apply two coats of glittered nail varnish. If you don't have a sparkly based nail varnish, then applying a clear coat and sprinkling on gold craft glitter also works well!
2. Taking your dotting tool or dotting pen, using a dark green begin to draw out the shape of holly, I've gone for the top of the nail, and later added in more!
3. Fill in your holly with the dotting pen or tool for more accuracy. 
4. Gems look so cute with this nail art, using a clear nail varnish apply a few dots by where you want the berries (gems) to go. 
5. Finished! Here you can see I've added in black lines to add more detail to the holly, this is totally optional and easy to do! Using the dotting tool carefully draw a thin line through the middle and additional smaller lines branching off. 

'SANTA CLAUS is comin' to town!'
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: Red, White, Black, Yellow
・Dotting tool
1. Apply two coats of red nail varnish.
2. Another action shot of my dotting tool.. A great place to get your hands on these are eBay/ Amazon, those kinds of websites sell super cheap dotting tools and work great.
3. Starting to create Santa's coat, dot on about 6 dots across the bottom and fill in with white nail varnish.
4. To create Santa's belt paint on a thin black line, make sure your hand is super steady to avoid creating a swirly belt, but they look just as effective - belts bursting from all the pies I guess..
5. Using white nail varnish, paint on a square in the central of the belt, making sure you keep the centre empty as you want to see the black belt peeping through.
6. Whilst waiting for the white buckle to dry, add on small black dots creating the buttons. Once the white paint has dried, then go over the top with yellow nail varnish - or you could leave it white!

'Those CHRISTMAS LIGHTS keep shining on' 
To create this look you will need:
Nail Varnish: White, Black, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange
・Dotting tool
1. Apply two coats of white nail varnish.
2. Select an array of colours, these are going to be the colour of the lights!
3. Using your nail pen or dotting tool, start at the bottom of your nail and drag the black paint all the way to the tip, add on black dots along the swirly line.
4. The best part, using your dotting tool, take your selection of coloured nail varnish and simply apply the colour underneath the black dots which act as the lights sockets.
This one is probably my favourite, after I finished this tutorial I painted these on my nails almost instantly!

What's been your favourite nail art look from these designs?

I had soo much fun creating this post, nail art and Christmas go perfectly hand in hand!
If you create any of these looks make sure to tweet me them here using the hash tag #charlottelenia so I can see your creations and post them on my blog, I'd love to see them!
I'm also taking nail art requests - leave a comment or tweet me them for future nail art posts. I'm always happy to answer any questions :).

24 sleeps until Christmas - AHHHH!
Have a holly jolly day.

With love, 


  1. This is the cuuuuuuuuuuuuuutest thing ever!

  2. So cute! I haven't tried any Christmas nail tutorials yet this year, but did a few last year! Will have to try one of these soon!
    xo, Scarlett

    1. Thank you! Ahh lovely, tweet me the picture on Twitter when you do some! :) x

  3. These are too cute! I wish I had the skills for this! haha! Your photography is beautiful! Beth xo

    1. Ahh thank you, practice giving one of these a go, you can do it! Ahh thats lovely to hear, thank you :)! x