I’ve been playing Christmas music since Halloween. Yeah, that’s right – the spookiest day of the year, I was seeing the world in red and green tinted glasses, dancing to holiday anthems around the house, and planning out my decorations for the season. Christmas is my family’s thing. We don’t ask for much, just that everyone accepts our total obsession with it.
Another of my family’s things is nails. We love our nail art. While I’m too poor to go to the salon, my mom and sister are generally off to London to get their nails did. I’m pretty sure they’re in a cut-throat competition to have the most fly nails at any given time. My sister outdid herself when she requested a candy cane inspired design. Sadly, I’m away from my family for the next week and couldn’t snap a pic of her awesomely festive nails. But it did inspire me to dig up some designs that you can do at home (like I do because, once again, I’m too poor for salon trips) and pick my favourite five in no particular order.
Get ready for a lot of red and green, guys.
This is one of my favourites, so I put it smack at the start. It’s classy, it’s cute, and it’s pretty unique despite its simplicity. This isn’t a design I’d say beginner nail artists could tackle perfectly right off the bat, but it’s not the most difficult design either and a little practice will go a long way.
Candy Cane & Mistletoe
This design caught my eye because of its clever use of the naked nail. Besides the base coat, anyway. I’m also a huge fan of mistletoe (even though I’ve never been under it myself *ugly cries*).
Forgive the small picture, but just… look at that! It’s so cute! It’s a basic tutorial that opens the door to tons of winter inspired opportunities.
This design reminds me of all those Christmas-y tights I keep seeing on online stores, but never in person. You know the kind – they have reindeer, Santa heads, and vague patterns that are somehow distinctively Christmas printed on them. This particular tutorial seems daunting at first glance, but it’s straightforward once you get the hang of the tape.
For some reason, I put my very favourite design last. I love metallics and the snowy details make this particular design seem like a classy, diamond-esq Christmas decoration caught in the snow. The light colours remind me of snowmen, but I was never a fan of snowmen being on nails, so it’s perfect for me. More importantly, it’s really easy to do and it doesn’t have to be perfect to look perfect.