17 December 2012

Santa Suit Nail Tutorial

And now, here's the third of the three tutorials I did for Sassy Hong Kong, Santa suit nail art!

Santa suit nails

You can certainly do this one on all your nails, but I like this particular design on just one, as an accent nail. The process is a little bit more involved than my last two tutorials, but the individual steps aren’t any more complicated than dots, a sticker and a stripe. Once again, instructions and pics after the break!


Start with base coat as usual, and when it's dry, apply a red polish (I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps) to all but your accent nail.

Making sure your base coat is definitely dry on that last nail, put a reinforcement sticker over the base of the nail (the same kind you'd use to protect the holes on a piece of paper before you put it in a binder). Cover just a little bit of the base of your nail with it to make the "neckline" of Santa’s jacket, and then apply your red polish on top of it.

If you like, you can stick the reinforcer to the back of your hand once, then peel it up before putting it on your nail to take a little bit of the stickiness away and make sure it won't peel up your base coat when you remove it. But before you take the sticker away, leave it on while you apply a 2nd or 3rd coat of red to match your other nails.

Santa suit tutorial

Once that's done, simply peel away the sticker to reveal the round space that's been left empty at the base of your nail. Don't worry if the line isn’t perfect because you're about to dot over it.

Santa suit tutorial

Yep, the dotting over it part! With whatever you're using for your dotting tool, apply some fluffy dots of white around the neckline, at the tip of your nail, and down the center between the two. Once it dries, you may want to go over it a second time to be sure the white is nice and opaque.

Santa suit tutorial

When your white is dry, stripe some black a little above the tip of your nail to make Santa's belt.

Santa suit tutorial

Dot a square/rectangle of silver or gold polish for the buckle.

Santa suit tutorial

When that's all dry, apply your top coat, and your Santa suit accent nail is ready to go!


Santa suit nails

29 comments:

  1. This is so awesome! Such a great tutorial!

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  2. How freaking cute is that! Love this:)

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  3. How cute! Fluffy is definitely the word that comes to mind when I look at that Santa suit accent nail. :)

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  4. Totally adorable!! This tutorial makes it look easy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jamie! It takes a little time, just because of the steps, but the steps themselves are relatively simple. ;)

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  5. Cool and doesn't look too difficult

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    1. Thanks, hermetic!! Yeah, once you break it down into the steps, it's really not difficult after all. :D

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  6. Oooooh I'm gonna use this to do mine! You're right too, it does look better as an accent. *plotting*

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    1. Plot away, Sharra--I can't wait to see! (^_^)

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  7. Such a cute and easy mani! <3 I love the base color you used, so sparkly :)

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    1. Thank you, Estivalia! I love China Glaze Ruby Pumps too, and it seemed like a nice, festive choice. ;)

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  8. So cute! I've seen a few of these Santa suit nails, but yours is the first that I love. It's so adorable. Great tutorial too, thanks!

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  9. These are cute! And I love it as an accent nail!

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  10. Very pretty! :-) I published Santa Claus suit manicure yesterday! :-)

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  11. Beautiful mani and looks quite easy to do, but I could surely mess it up at the first step, lol!

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  12. This is adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial! You make it look so easy. :D

    ~ Yun

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  13. Love everything about this mani!

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