China Glaze Phat Santa, a red jelly polish, inspired me so much that I knew I had to do some Christmas nail art with it. These Santa Nails are the result!
Here’s Santa’s red suit with fluffy white trimming and black belt with gold buckle. It just took a few steps, and as long as you don’t rush, yours will come out lovely. And the best part? You just need 4 colours.
You know how lots of children like to put out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to enjoy when he visits?
Well, when I was a kid, I told my parents that I was thinking about leaving Santa Claus a bowl of salad and a glass of water. No, I’m not cruel – my intentions were good.
I was concerned about his health and if Santa felt the need to finish everything on all the plates. That’s a lot of cookies! So I thought I’d at least make sure that he got his vegetables in. Yeah, I was a strange kid.
My parents just burst out laughing at my suggestion. So I didn’t put out the salad that night, but I did consider leaving a little note telling Santa that if he couldn’t finish all the cookies, he could just leave some at my place. I’d help him out. Maybe I wasn’t that strange, after all.
Santa Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Phat Santa
- White Fluffy Trim: China Glaze Snow
- Black Belt: Milani Nail Art in 703 Black Sketch (This was sent to me by Milani.)
- Gold Buckle: Milani Nail Art in 701 Art of Gold (This was sent to me by Milani.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Santa Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Red
To start Santa’s suit, you’ll want to use your favourite bright red polish. Here, I used China Glaze Phat Santa, which has that squishy look. (I raved about it in my recent review on it. You can check it out and more swatches by clicking on the above link.)
Please wait about 15 minutes to allow your polish to dry a bit before proceeding to the next step. You’ll be working with white, so we don’t want any of the red to bleed into the white.
Step 3: Add the Fluffy White Trimming for Santa’s Suit
Take your piece of foil and add a few drops of white nail polish onto it. You’ll be using the foil as a makeshift palette.
Tip: You could also use a plastic bag or any other material that won’t absorb the product (e.g. paper). Just be sure that it won’t soak through and ruin your work surface. (Foil’s cheap, and it prevents the polish from leaking, which is why I tend to use it for my palette.)
Get your dotting tool ready. You’ll want one that makes medium-sized dots.
Tip: If you don’t have a dotting tool, use the end of a makeup-brush handle. (This is what I used to use before I had a dotting tool.) Just be sure it’s not an expensive one because you’re going to get polish on it, and you may not be able to remove it completely.
Dip your tool into the white polish and add dots in a vertical line from cuticle to your nail tip. Try to make it straight, but don’t get frustrated if it’s not perfectly straight. (Mine aren’t perfectly straight, and it doesn’t affect the end result.) Also, consider putting the white trimming on different angles for a funky look.
You’ll want to repeat this dotted vertical line right next to it so you have something that looks like this:
If your dots are really thick, make sure you wait about 5 minutes before continuing to the next step. But, if you made just average dots like I did, you should be able to go right to the next step.
Step 4: Add Santa’s Black Belt
For this part, I highly recommend a black nail striper because it makes creating a horizontal line way easier. If you have other brushes, feel free to use them, but just know it’ll be trickier.
Tip: I found that it was easier to make the line by doing it in 2 parts. First, start from the side and paint half the line to the middle of your nail. Then re-dip your nail-art striper brush and start at the opposite side and paint the other half of the line, joining it at the middle. You can then fuss around with it to thicken the line or make it more opaque.
Also, don’t get frustrated if you get some black on your skin. After you take a shower, it’ll come off by itself. Or, if it bothers you, you can use polish remover on it. (I just let the shower do the work.)
This line will most likely be thick, so be sure to wait about 10 minutes before proceeding. You’ve come so far already – you don’t want to smudge it because of impatience, right?
Step 5: Add a Gold Buckle
Use your gold nail striper or your brush dipped in gold polish to add a little rectangle in the middle of the belt. I used the white fluffy trimming as a rough guideline for where it should go.
Idea: Consider putting a thin black line on the right side of the gold buckle near the middle. It’ll make it look more like a buckle. I left that part out because I wanted to show you how even a simplified look makes this design recognizable. Feel free to go all out and add your own extra details like highlighting the fluffy white trimming with glitter, etc.! You’re only limited by your imagination! Have fun!
Afterwards, make sure you wait a good 15-20 minutes before you proceed to the next step. This will prevent any smearing.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
Use a generous amount of top coat and try to apply it with a very-light touch. This will further prevent any smudging.
Another Idea: For your thumb nails, you could paint Santa’s white beard using your dotting tool. Then use your black striper to add a small little smile or mouth. Afterwards, it would be really fun to paint on a bunch of little cookie crumbs in his beard. I was going to do this, and then I forgot when I was painting…haha! Oops!
Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list? Why do you like Santa Claus? Did you leave cookies and milk for Santa when you were a kid?