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Holly | Nail Art Tutorial


Holly | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this holly nail look? Follow our 6 step nail art tutorial below!

The products we used to create this look:

Nail polishes 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 look with our other false nail sets that are available to buy, please contact me and I will happily sort it out for you!

Now lets show you how we created this look!


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 varnish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail varnish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and shape them to how you want them with your file. 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 varnish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.

xmas nail designsSTEP 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 varnish 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 artSTEP 3

Once the gold nail varnish 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 pen (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Mulled Wine (3).

christmas nailsSTEP 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 varnish in the colour Loosey Goosey Dancin (4).

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

holly berry nail artSTEP 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 nail designsSTEP 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 pen (8) with the nail varnish in Blackjack (5). You could leave it without the outline if you prefer that look – they both look great!

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!

holly nail art

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

Don’t forget to check out our shop – we have a number of gorgeous false nails that are for sale now!

Also – if you are unable to find what you are looking for through my shop or from a design in my nail art tutorials, please do not hesitate to get in touch! I am more than happy to do custom designs.

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(12) Comments

  1. These are so cool. I’m in such a festive mood and I love doing my nails so I shall try this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, that’s great to hear. We’d love to see a picture of your nails with this design on them! 🙂

  2. These are so cute! I’m terrible at nail art so there’s no way I’d ever be able to do them justice. x

    Lizzie |

    1. They are cute, aren’t they?! I’m sure it would look great! Just takes some practice and a bit of patience 🙂

  3. These are so simple and elegant! The colours are amazing. You never fail to impress me x


    1. Aww, thank you so much! That’s so lovely. The colours are gorgeous aren’t they, I love the base colour!

  4. This is so pretty and delicate! Loving it! The design is amazing! xx corinne

    1. Thank you 🙂 it’s quite a simple design but it’s so pretty 🙂

  5. Each time I read your posts I have a favourite nail design I love the silver base and the holy is very intricate and not to bold.

    1. Aww, that’s lovely! We are so glad you like our nail designs! The base colour is gorgeous isn’t it – definitely one of my favourite colours.

  6. Babes, you give me total nail envy. It looks so simple but of so festive. You’re really talented.
    Lea, xx

    1. Aww, haha, thank you so much! It’s a great design isn’t it – it’s pretty, festive but so simple so it doesn’t take too long to paint it!

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