Santa’s Belt Nail Design Tutorial

These nails were a pleasure to make because I got to use glitter and rhinestones which I love! It was also made more enjoyable because I used a nail art pen and striping tape – they make designing so much easier!

Below is the nail design tutorial for anyone wanting to make these nails themselves :)! Remember there will be an auction going on over on our eBay for those who would rather purchase the ready-made set :]

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Equipment I used for this design

Step by step instructions

Step 1 – Applying the red glitter

Step 2 – Cut & apply the striping tape

Step 3 – File off the tape that is hanging over the edge

Step 4 – Designing the belt buckle

Step 5 – Applying the rhinestones

Step 6 – Drying/curing

Step 7 – Final top coat

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Equipment I used for this design:

Nails (preferably red)

Red glitter polish (or red glitter)

Black striping tape – (or black nail polish & thin brush) – for Santa’s belt

– Scissors – for cutting the tape

Cuticle stick – to help neaten things up

Gold nail art pen (or gold nail varnish & thin brush) – for the buckle on the belt

Nail polish remover & cotton bud – to remove any mistakes

Gold diamantes – for making the buckle look pretty

Topcoat (either UV gel or nail varnish) – to secure the glitter

If using UV gel then you will also need a UV lamp, Cleanser plus & lint free wipes (or cotton pad).

The stuff you'll need :)

The stuff you’ll need 🙂


Step by Step instructions:

 

Step one – Applying the red glitter:

Red nails are the best colour to use for this manicure as it means you won’t need to apply as many coats of red glitter to cover the background.

For those using red glitter nail polish – Simply brush an even layer over all of your nails. The best one I’ve found is Barry M – the glitter is vibrant and shiny and you only need 2 coats for it to look awesome! Most other glitter nail polishes need about 4 coats -_-!

Thanks Barry :)

Thanks Barry 🙂

 

Applying Barry M red glitter nail polish

Applying Barry M red glitter nail polish

 

Tip: Apply the coats in swift strokes to avoid the glitter clumping.

Tip 2: Make sure the first coat has fully dried before you put the next one on – it can smudge the previous layer making the glitter look all clumpy.
For those using real red glitter – smooth a layer of clear nail polish over your nail and sprinkle the red glitter over. Do this one nail at a time so that the clear nail varnish coat doesn’t dry up.

Tip: If you do this over a piece of paper or tissue you can pour the glitter that escaped back in to your glitter pot :).

Step two – Cut and apply the striping tape:
Cut quite a few strips off and find something to stick them to until you need them.

Cut quite a few strips off and find something to stick them to until you need them.

Prepare your striping tape by cutting it into pieces – long enough to cover the width of your widest nail, and enough for two strips per nail. Apply them across the middle of each nail horizontally. Don’t worry about the tape being longer than your nail, the excess tape will be filed off.

Get it nice and straight

Get it nice and straight

Alternative: If you don’t have black striping tape you can use black nail polish with a thin brush, and make a horizontal line across each nail.

Tip: If your false nails are on a stick like mine, you may have trouble pushing the striping tape down the side of the nail. I use the cuticle stick to make sure the sides are stuck down.

The cuticle stick can help to push down the tape

The cuticle stick can help to push down the tape

Step three – File off the tape that’s hanging over the edge

Gently file in a downwards motion on each side of the nail until the unwanted tape comes off.

File in a downwards motion to remove the excess tape

File in a downwards motion to remove any excess tape

 

Step four – Designing the belt buckle:

Using a gold nail art pen, draw a square over the tape like in the picture.

 

Draw a gold square for the belt buckle

Draw a gold square for the belt buckle

Alternative: You can use gold nail polish with a thin striping brush to do this

Tip: Use a cuticle stick to help neaten up the lines you’ve made.

Cuticle sticks - always fixing my mistakes

Cuticle sticks – always fixing my mistakes

Step five – Applying the rhinestones:

Using a clear UV gel will work a lot better than a regular clear nail varnish to secure the rhinestones, but the clear nail varnish will still work if you don’t have the UV gel.

Applying a UV gel top coat to get the rhinestones to stick on

Applying a UV gel top coat to get the rhinestones to stick on

Those using UV gel – Firstly, apply a nice even layer over all of your nails (or you can do one at a time if you prefer). Next, dip the end of your cuticle stick in the UV gel (only a tiny bit) and use this to pick up your gold rhinestones. Apply the rhinestones to the gold square you made, leaving small gaps in between.

Apply a little bit of UV gel to your cuticle stick

Apply a little bit of UV gel to your cuticle stick

Put one in each corner then just fill in the gaps :)

Put one in each corner then just fill in the gaps 🙂

Tip: It looks better if there is a rhinestone in each corner of the buckle – it helps the buckle keep its square look.
 
Those using clear nail varnish – Doing one nail at a time (as the nail varnish will dry up), apply a layer of polish to your nail and following straight on from this, dip the end of your cuticle stick into your nail polish. Use it to pick your rhinestones up and place them on the gold buckle.

Tip: Your nail polish may dry whilst you’re applying your rhinestones. If it does, just keep adding more to the area that needs it.
 

Step six – Drying/curing:

If you used nail varnish then wait for it all to dry before doing the last step. Those using UV gel, you can now cure your nails under the UV lamp (2 minutes for a 36watt lamp). Once cured, remove the sticky residue using your cleanser plus and a lint free wipe.

Cure for 2 minutes (36watt lamp)

Cure for 2 minutes (36watt lamp)

Step seven – The final topcoat:

Once all your nails have been done, you can now apply your final top coat. Again, this can be UV gel or clear nail polish. Once this has been cured/dried, you could add another for extra protection and shine *_*

Applying a topcoat will make sure everything is secure

Applying a topcoat will make sure everything is secure

 

Cure the full set once they have all been finished and top coated

Cure the full set once they have all been finished and top coated

Now you can enjoy your results 🙂

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For the red glitter nails without the Santa’s belt design, I simply put two coats of Barry M on each nail, and top coated them to make them extra shiny 🙂

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