So this is my christmas theme from 2011. I took lots of elements from various christmas ideas to make this idea.
The colours used to make this are: ‘Silver Bullet’ by Rimmel, ‘Sulk’ by 17, ‘Pattie’ by Andrea Fulerton, ‘Matt White’ by Barry M, ‘Shocker’ by Rimmel, ‘Red Carpet’ by Rimmel, ‘Go go’ by 17, ‘Spring Green’ by Barry M, ‘Bright Orange’ by MaxFactor, ‘Your Majesty’ by Rimmel, ‘Electric Blue’ by BeautyUK, ‘Misty Jade’ by Rimmel, Miss Sweety’ by Goss, ‘Aztec’ by BeautyUK, ‘461’ by Maybellines, ‘Rosy Sand’ by Maybelline, ‘Purple Reign’ by Rimmel, ‘Hot Gossip’ by Rimmel and 9 Red shimmer from Famous.
So i’ll start as i always do with a base coat. I choose to use Nail Rescue from Rimmel as it protects and boosts my nail as well as preventing the staining. Then I’ll go finger by finger. Starting with..
Starting with the base colour of Electric Blue i then went in with matt white and started drawing out the snow flake. I start with four lines extending from a mid point making sure they’re long enough to put smaller lines between then at the end of each line i add two little lines heading off and away from the line to give a forked end, I then repeat this with four shorter lines between the four longer lines and finish the edges in the same way. Then i added a rhinestone to the centre and dotted some extra white around to look like additional snowflakes.
For this nail i used 9 Red shimmer for the base colour and i put down 3 coats of this as i wanted a really rich deep tone. Then taking your majesty and matt white and a long thin brush i drew long diagonal lines across the nail to look like a candy cane. I went for two white in the centre then silver either side of that then white again. But this is up to you, do alternate, do one colour only, do double stripes. Anything you want.
I started with Misty Jade as the background colour, then using Miss Sweety, i drew out my little gingerbread man. I started with his body to make sure the proportions were even. Then i took Aztec and added little highlights to his body. With Matt White i added what would be the icing to his arms and legs, and drew on his eyes and mouth. Next was purple reign for his gumdrop buttons!! And finally the eyes and bow tie.
Using Electric Blue as the background colour, using 3 coats as this varnish is a bit on the thin side and you’ll need at least 3 for it not to look patchy, using a old paintbrush, i turned it around and used the end dipped into the matt white to place the dots on the nail to make the snowmen shapes for a bigger dot i just loaded on more nail varnish and pushed harder and fo a smaller one i didn’t press down as far. Then using your majesty i went and did a few little highlights on their bodies and started in with Pattie doing the coal buttons and faces, and top hat of course. And a quick little dip of orange for the carrot nose.
The background colour i used on the thumb is Silver Bullet. I chose this as it’ a very subtile colours and pearl-esent. On top of this i used Sulk, which is a very dark green as it looked like cable that you get attached to the lights. I then drew out the shape of the cord on my nail that i wanted it to follow. Then taking each colour in turn i added 2 or 3 ‘lights’ to the lines where i could. To make the lights i make the drops into small pointed oval shapes, and just added them where i could not putting the same colour next to itself. I did it once with each colour first then just kept one at a time going through each colour i’d used adding a second or third one in till i thought it looks okay. I didn’t want to over fill the look with lights as it might look too full. Then with the white i went through and drew small little highlights in the bulbs and on the wire then with black i did shadow on the wire too.
I hope you have fun recreating this look, or just recreating one of the nails across your whole hand.