Take Your Nails from Grinch to Gorgeous with This Holiday Nail Art How-To

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Written by Kerry

Blogger Kerry wants to help us get our nails into the holiday spirit with a work of nail art in today’s guest post.

Happy holiday nail art

I love winter. Hot cocoa, scarves, fireplaces, snow, Christmas music and movies, and the opportunity to get away with crazy nail art. I love using glitter during the winter months — I think there’s just something special about the way it sparkles in the winter sun. Today, however, I want to show you a simple nail design that I love to rock the week before Christmas. This is an unexpected nail look that’s fun yet understated.


NOTE: The links in here are just to show you what products I used, and not to recommend the particular sites. I purchased everything shown here at Five Below, Ulta, and Walgreens.

The first step is to apply a base coat. I like using Sally Hansen’s Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat, but use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Once that’s dry, apply two coats of red polish. I used ORLY’s Monroe’s Red because it’s a bright Christmas-y color. If you find that the color clashes with your skin tone, use any red that you like. For this design, though, I think it’s better to stick to creams than shimmers. Monroe’s Red does have the subtlest of subtle red shimmer, but you really can’t see it unless you get millimeters away from my nails in the sunlight.

Happy holiday nail art - bare nails

Apply a fast-drying top coat of your choice. At the moment, I’m really loving Poshé, but I’ve never tried Seche Vite, its supposed competitor.

Now for the fun part. Using white polish (I’m using a striper from Color Club), draw a line down the center of your ring fingernail.

Happy Holiday Nail Art - Step 1

Now, take your favorite black polish. Here, I used the striper from Color Club. If you don’t have a striper, no worries — just grab your fave black polish and a fine-tipped paint brush. Draw a line horizontally across the middle of your ring fingernail. Make it thicker than the striping brush itself, but not too thick. Let these two colors dry for a bit, so the next color doesn’t smear the two previous ones.

Happy Holiday Nail Art - Step 2


And, for the pièce de résistance — get out your blingiest gold polish. I chose the Milani holographic nail polish in 3D. Using a fine-tipped paint brush, draw a square around the intersection of the black and white polish. Be sure to make the top and bottom lines of the gold square directly above (and below) the black polish and the left and right gold lines directly next to the white stripe. In other words, make the center of the gold square completely black.

Repeat this process on your other ring fingernail, slap on a top coat and voila! You now have Santa’s belly on your ring fingers. Shake ‘em like a bowl full of jelly! 😉

Happy Holiday Nail Art - The Finished Look

At this point, feel free to add to your other fingernails. I’ve drawn on Santa hats, presents, and painted on some serious green and red glitter. You could, of course, keep them as is to keep the focus on Santa’s big ol’ belly. My fiancé, who normally couldn’t care less about what I have on my nails, actually thinks these are pretty cool.

Happy holidays!


Written by Kerry

Kerry, a recent graduate with a passion for writing, editing, PR, and all things beauty, loves to test and review new beauty products almost as much as she loves to play with nail polish. Her fiancé doesn’t understand her compulsion, but if you do, hit her up on Twitter @HonestReviewer, or stop by her blog.


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  1. Amber says:

    That’s a really cute idea!
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  2. lo says:

    Love this! I also really like the Christmas lights design on your blog 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    Did you get this idea from julieg713 from youtube? She posted a video with a VERY similar nail design a few weeks ago….

    • iheartmakeup says:

      I agree..I saw the exact same thing on her channel!

    • Kerry says:

      No, I actually did this and e-mailed the idea to Karen long before Julie posted that video. It’s funny you mention it — I wrote a comment on there that said something like “I just did a Santa belly like that on my nails a few weeks ago!”

  4. Karen B says:

    This is so cute and subtle as well 🙂
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  5. gio says:

    This is so cute, I love it!
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  6. Silva says:

    Love it, such a cute and original idea!
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  7. Kerry says:

    Thanks for all the lovely comments, everyone. Glad you like it. 🙂

  8. Stephanie says:

    Cute.. I’ve seen this look a lot on YT
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