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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Step 1 – Applying the red glitter
Step 2 – Cut & apply the striping tape
Step 4 – Designing the belt buckle
Step 5 – Applying the rhinestones
Step 6 – Drying/curing
Step 7 – Final top coat
– 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
– Gold diamantes – for making the buckle look pretty
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 -_-!
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.
Step two – Cut and apply the striping tape:
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.
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.
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.
Step four – Designing the belt buckle:
Using a gold nail art pen, draw a square over the tape like in the picture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 *_*
Now you can enjoy your results 🙂
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 🙂