Today I bring you more festive nail art – Candy Cane Nails! I love the way candy canes look hanging on a tree. And, although I think all the fun-flavoured ones are delicious, my favourite is the simple, classic peppermint candy cane.
When my brother and I were kids, we weren’t supposed to eat any of the candy canes from the Christmas tree until December 25th. At least, that’s what my parents would always remind us of every year.
But kids don’t always do what they’re supposed to do. We conveniently ‘forgot’. And we were naughty.
When my brother and I thought nobody was looking, we’d snatch one off the tree, make a beeline to our bedrooms, and devour them in secrecy. The whole time, we thought ourselves to be very clever.
It was always a few days before Christmas when my parents would mention how there were fewer and fewer candy canes on the tree. Counting them proved that they were right.
(They knew all along that we had been snatching them off the boughs, but always had a soft spot and let it go. Unfortunately, their readiness to forgive made it easier for us to justify snatching the candy canes off the tree when the little angel and little devil would appear on either shoulder. ;))
These days, I have way more self-restraint when it comes to eating candy canes. I can wait until Christmas. Perhaps I have all those years as a candy-cane thief to thank for that…
Candy Cane Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Branding Iron
- Candy Cane:
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer (white)
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer (red)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails with a Dark Polish
I was already wearing the gorgeous, vampy China Glaze Branding Iron. (Click on the link to read my review on it and to see more swatches.)
After painting your nails, wait a good 10 minutes to allow it to dry a bit before continuing to the next step. This is just to help avoid any potential colour bleeding. (You’ll be working with white next.)
Step 3: Start the Candy Canes
Using your white striper, carefully (and slowly), draw a rough guideline for your candy canes. At this point, don’t worry about the thickness – just concentrate on getting the shape you like.
Tip: For the top of the candy cane, I just followed the curve of my cuticle to help me out. Of course, you can curve them as much or as little as you want. It’s up to you! 🙂 I just found this the easiest way to do it.
Once you get the shape you like, then go over it with more polish and thicken the lines. (You may need to add a second coat to make the white more opaque.)
Another Tip: When you go over your candy-cane lines, paint it in the opposite direction. E.g. If you painted them starting from the curve to the bottom, then on your second go, paint them from the bottom up to the curve. I found that this method produces cleaner lines.
Make sure that you wait 5-8 minutes before proceeding to the next step. Chances are that your white lines are going to be be thick with polish, so you’ll want to let that set a bit first.
Step 4: Add the Red Stripes
Using your red striper, carefully paint little stripes along your white lines.
Idea: I just used red to keep it simple, but you can go all out with gold glitter, silver glitter, and green, too! Or you could do a funky candy cane using colours from your favourite sports team! It’s all up to you.
Wait 15 minutes before advancing to the next step. You want to avoid any smearing because you put in all that hard work – it’d be a shame if it smeared at this point.
Step 5: Slick on Your Favourite Top Coat
Do you prefer traditional or other-flavoured candy canes? Do you like peppermint better than spearmint? Where will you be spending the holidays this year?