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Christmas nail art - Gift wrapped nails

My first Christmas nail art post, yay! I've actually attempted a couple of different designs so far and I haven't had very much luck. In fact at one point I thought I wasn't going to be able to get any design up to a level that I was happy to post about. I'm quite a perfectionist so only the designs I'm really happy with make it here. 

I did a gift wrapped nails design last Christmas but decided to do it again this year and update the design slightly. 

Christmas nail art - Gift wrapped nails
Christmas nail art - Gift wrapped nails
Christmas nail art - Gift wrapped nails
As usual I started with a base coat and then painted two coats of Orly's Luxe which is a lovely sparkly gold shade. I then applied a topcoat to help seal this and gave it some time to dry properly before moving onto the next step. I then used stripping tape to make a cross over each nail, making sure I left enough extra tape over the edge of the nail to be able to remove the strip easily. I painted over the top of the whole nail using Barry M's Silk in Poppy and then removed the stripping tape straight away before the varnish had started to dry. I use tweezers to remove the tape as it makes it easier to get hold of it and is less messy (although my tweezers now don't work as they're covered with varnish!). I left this to dry and then sealed the whole design with another layer of top coat.

To finish the design I just added a small 3D bow which is from a little set of different coloured bows I bought from Born pretty store. I used my tweezers to hold onto the bow (gripping each side of the bow from the top), applied a small amount of nail glue to the bottom of the bow and then positioned it where I wanted on my nail. After a few seconds it should stick to the nail enough for you to remove the tweezers without knocking it off/out of place and after a couple of minutes it should be completely dry. Once in place with nail glue I find the bows tend to stay there and don't come off easily, although obviously if you run your fingers through your hair it will catch slightly. I usually end up having to remove the bow when I want to remove the varnish and I use my teeth to kind of bite it off!

As you can probably see it's not quite perfect. I haven't managed to cover all of the gold near my cuticles on a couple of nails (I didn't realise this when I was doing them) and on my index finger there was a slight accident with the gold 'ribbon', but in general I'm really pleased with this.  

What do you think of Gift wrapped nails?

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8 comments:

  1. Those nails are just so cute! Love them!

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  2. Oh my these are beautiful! Christmas is the perfect excuse to go all out on nail art :)

    Emma | The Fashion Six

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    1. Thank you! I do like experimenting with Christmas nail art x

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  3. I'm always on the lookout for new nail art ideas and I love this festive one!
    I'll definitely be giving it a go :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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    1. It's not a difficult one to do but looks really good x

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  4. These look fab! Please do my nails? :-) xx

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    1. I've never actually tried doing anybody else's nails so I'm not sure if I'd be able to do it. Maybe I should practice on my boyfriend (I'm sure he'd appreciate that!) x

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