Have a holly jolly Christmas. It’s the best time of the year!
Step 1: Prep Nails
View my post on Nail Polish Prep.
Step 2: Paint Nails
Paint the thumb, pointer, and pinky nails with ONE coats of black polish. I used the Shellac color called, Black Pool.
Paint the ring and middle finger with TWO coats of white polish. I used the Shellac color, called Cream Puff.
Gel Polish: Apply polish and cure in light (cure after each coat). Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.
Step 3: Glitter
While the polish is tacky, not wet, gently dust a fine layer of chrome powder onto your thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers. Then gently press the glitter into the tacky polish. Dust away the excess.
Gel Polish: Apply glitter to the tacky residue on the surface of the polish. Now apply a top coat over the glitter and cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.
Step 4: Holly Leaf
Now paint two holly leaves onto each ring finger. I have put together a little picture guide to help you visualize how to paint a holly leaf. Begin with a line. Then add two perpendicular lines. Then do a curved line to connect all the endpoints. Now do a half circle for the middle lines. Now fill in.
Note: When hand painting images on your nails use acrylic craft paints, not polish. You will get crisper lines and much more pop than you would with polish. Some polishes can sometimes dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.
Step 5: Paint Lines
Paint two green vertical lines onto the middle nail, set off to the side of the nail. Then, paint a very thin red line in between them. Now, paint another green line, going horizontal, set toward the bottom half of the nail. Lastly, paint a very thin red line right under that green line.
Step 6: Rhinestone Jewels
Apply a health top coat to all the nails. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing. While top coat is very wet, apply a red jewel next to the holly leaves, gently push the jewel into the top coat. This will create the jewel to be sealed into the top coat layer.
Shellac: Apply top coat and jewel. Cure in UV light for 2 minutes. If needed, do another application of top coat and cure in light.
Step 7: Apply Final Top Coat
Now apply your top coat. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.
Gel Polish: Apply top coat and cure in UV light for 2 minutes or 1 minute in an LED light.
Step 8: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil
Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub it into the skin.
Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.