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Whimsical Santa Nail Art for the Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Christmas is fast approaching. It's great to spend time with family and have a wonderful day, but the day wouldn't be complete without a visit from Santa. Spread your cheer and give this whimsical Santa nail art a try!

Santa Nail Art

Santa nail art isn't original—it's been done a thousand times, amiright?—so I wanted to do something a bit different. In England we have a song about Santa getting stuck in a chimney, so I thought that would be quite fitting for these nails.

Santa Nail Art

1. Paint your nails with a dark blue base color. I used one with silver glitter to give it more of a wintry feel, but you could use a plain blue. Then add brown to the tips of your nails using a nail art brush, the brush from the bottle, or a dotting tool.

2. Using a striping brush and black nail polish or acrylic paint, add the bricks of the chimney. I started with the stripe across the nails and then added in the vertical lines for the bricks.

Santa Nail Art

3. Using a dotting tool and white nail polish, add snow to the top of each chimney.

4. Draw the shape of Santa's face and beard using white polish and a dotting tool. Then, using red polish and a nail art brush, add a hat and draw Santa's legs on an alternate finger.

Santa Nail Art

5. Using a nude polish, add Santa's face to the center of the white, leaving space around the edge for Santa's beard and the edge of the hat. Then, using a dotting tool, add a bobble to the end of Santa's hat and add white to the edge of his trousers.

6. Add extra details. I added eyes, a nose, and rosy cheeks for Santa, but you might want to add just eyes. I also added black shoes to Santa's legs. All details were done with a dotting tool and a thin nail art brush. Add a top coat to seal in your design, and your Santa nail art is done.

For more holiday nail art from Alice, go to One Nail to Rule Them All.

Alice Sanderson

Hi! I'm Alice, I'm 19 years old and I'm in my second year studying history at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. I've been doing nail art for about three years, having started in order to stop myself from biting my nails. I used to think of nails as a backup to my degree, but now I’m not so sure!

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