Thanksgiving is almost here and I can almost smell the turkey and all the sides cooking. This year for thanksgiving I decided to paint a turkey on my nails. It has been fun and my kids have loved them! Here is how I did it . . .

Note: I will be providing instructions on how to achieve this look with plain polish, along with Gel Polish.

Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Color onto Nails

Paint the thumb, index and pinky nails with two coats of red polish. I used the Shellac color called, Wildfire. Paint the ring finger nail with two coats white polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cream Puff . Paint the middle finger with a copper polish. I used Shellac color called, Sugared Spice.

Gel Polish: Apply two coats of polish. Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light, in between each coat.


Step 3: Glitter Nail

When the second coat of copper polish is still tacky, but not wet. Sprinkle with fine copper colored craft glitter. I used Martha Stewart craft glitter, copper. Push glitter into tacky surface of polish and brush off the excess glitter, just as I did here in my I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus post. Paint with a top coat to seal in the glitter.

Gel Polish: Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light. 


Step 4: Turkey

Now on the ring fingers, I painted a turkey. Follow the video below to see how I painted it. (Sorry I forgot to take pictures as I went and the video I made turned out very dark so it is hard to see what I am doing. I hope you can see the turkey well enough. I’m still new to video tutorial making.)

(Note: I did the turkey with acrylic craft paint. . . Some polishes can dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.)

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Step 5: Top Coat

Apply a health top coat to all the nails. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.

Shellac: Apply top coat and cure in UV light for 2 minutes. If needed, do another application of top coat and cure in light.


Step 6: 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 into the skin.

Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.Turkey 011