Holly | Nail Art Tutorial

holly nail art tutorial

Want to know how to create a holly nail look thats perfect for Christmas?

Find out here and follow our 6 step tutorial to easily paint this nail art on your nails!

The products we used to create this look:
Nail polish and nail art tools
1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Quick Dry Nail Colour – Natural Collection – Champagne Shimmer
3. Quick Dry Nail Colour – Natural Collection – Mulled Wine
4. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Loosey Goosey Dancin
5. Lasting Gel Nail Colour – Collection – Blackjack
6. Dotting Tool
7. Pointed Drawing Brush (long)
8. Dotting Tool

Would you like this design painted on false nails for you?


If you can’t find this design with our other false nail sets in our shop, please contact me and I will happily sort it out for you!

Now lets show you how we created this holly nail art!

xmas nails

step 1

First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail polish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail polish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and to shape them to how you want, using with your file. Also, if you want make your nails appear longer – you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail polish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.

gold christmas nails

step 2

Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to go with a pretty gold colour. We applied 2 coats of the nail polish in the colour Champagne Shimmer (2) as this made sure the nail was covered well.

We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry!

christmas nail designs

step 3

Once the gold nail polish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating the holly! Firstly, we started with painting on the berry on each nail. To do this, we used the thicker end of the dotting tool (6) with the nail polish in the colour Mulled Wine (3).

christmas nails

step 4

After painting on the berries, it’s time to add the holly leaves! To paint these on, we used the long pointed drawing brush (7) with the nail polish in the colour Loosey Goosey Dancin (4).

* You could use a dotting tool if you feel more comfortable using that tool instead to shape the leaves.

holly nail art

step 5

Now it’s time to paint the rest of the holly leaves on the other nails! Just carry on using the same technique as said in step 4.

holly nails

step 6

Now it’s time to add the final touch – adding a thin outline to the holly. To create the outline, we used the thin dotting tool (8) with the nail polish in Blackjack (5). You could leave it without the outline if you prefer that look – they both look great!

When you are happy – apply a top coat to finish the look off.

And that’s it! Perfect for everyday wear with it getting closer to Christmas! So if you are getting into that Christmassy mood – why not have fun and paint this look on your nails to show everyone!

Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram!

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