Here are this year’s Christmas nails for you to admire
After cutting and filing the nails to the size and shape I wanted, I painted them all in a pale grey colour (Revlon’s Silver).
A pale grey forms the base/background of the design
When that dried I used a sparkly green to draw the trees. If you don’t have a steady hand, you can use striping tape to mark out the shape, and fill in the tree. I opted for free hand because this sparkly green polish is very thick and peels off easily, and I know from past experience that it doesn’t work well with striping tape.
Flip the nail over, and draw the trees from the end of the nail, not the base
I added a layer of clear green polish over the trees to help the polish stick better and to slightly darken the hue.
Next step was to apply some silver glitter to the tree to look like the bauble decorations. I found the easiest way to do this was to gently stick them on with my finger, while the polish was still tacky. You could use tweezers also if you wanted.
Pour out some glitter, then press your fingertip onto the pieces. Then gently press your fingertip onto the tree – some glitter bits will stick on.
Next I applied a tiny daub of nail glue to the top of the tree, and, using tweezers, carefully dropped on a gold star.
Here you can see the completed nails, flipped to show you the trees from the viewer’s perspective
Finally, I applied loads of clear polish over the top to protect all the fine glitter and to give the nails a nice shine. PS the glitter and stars I used were from a selection I bought off eBay – you can usually pick up a set for a dollar or two.
Usually the colours are a random selection, but this is a pretty good indicator of what you will likely get.
You can see that I did the Christmas trees upside down – that is so when you show them off, or turn your fingers down to look at them, you can see them right way up
The completed nails.
And here they are on, so you can see what I mean by flipping them the way I did