Christmas Party Ideas: Step By Step Guides To Doing Your Own Nail Art

Forget French manicures, copy Cara Delevingne and stand out from the crowd with some fancy nail art.

These days, bagging the perfect party outfit is only half of the battle. For the past few years, nail art has become a key component of finishing off any look.

‘We see it on the hands of everyone now, from stars on the red carpet to backstage at fashion week,’ says MAC senior artist Keri Blair.

The days where a French manicure sounded exotic are long gone. Now, fun and experimental nail art has never been more prominent and has emerged as the latest must-have accessory. So with the party season beckoning, it’s the perfect time to jump on board.

‘Whether you see nails as the final detail of your look or as the main accessory, nail art, even in a subdued way, is an affordable way to have a piece of couture on your hands,’ says Blair. ‘It adds a finishing touch to a look and is a great conversation starter.’

From simple, chic styles, to the more outlandish choices, the options and designs available right now are endless.

‘A muted style can help pair down a sparkly outfit in the same way that a style with endless spark and glitter fades can add that little bit extra to a classic dress,’ says WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid.

‘It can add to your party look by allowing you to express your festive creativity and just have fun – after all, that’s what Christmas is all about,’ adds L’Oréal Paris nail expert Lorraine Griffin.

And, according to Butter London’s Katie Jan Hughes, you don’t have to be a nail whizz to master the look at home. ‘The styles are incredibly achievable,’ she says. All it takes is practice.

If you’re not as daring, don’t worry, there are wide range of new festive colours that are simple but chic. Just in time for Christmas, Laura Mercier has launched a White Magic Collection, inspired by the illuminating shades of the festive season. The limited-edition collection comes with two new nail colours: Angel Wings, a silver tone, and Butterfly, a bronze tone; both come with a festive shimmer finish.

For something fun but temporary, nail wraps are a fail-safe way to go and Essie offers some of the best on the market.

Tapping into this season’s penchant for texture, its latest collection features everything from UV appliqued crystals and studs along with gold and zebra printed styles, too. Umberto Giannini has jumped on board with a special nail collection featuring everything from popular dip-dye styles to versions in both velvet and lace. Before applying, clean and shape your nails and after attaching, simply file off the excess.

If you do plan on doing it yourself, here are three styles recommended by the experts.

>>>Layer on two coats of your base colour before adding your second tone and glitter (Picture: Revlon)
Layer on two coats of your base colour before adding your second tone and glitter (Picture: Revlon)

Revlon

1. Prepare your nails by shaping and buffing them to smooth the surface. Wipe each nail with a cotton pad soaked in remover to cleanse it, then apply a layer of base coat for long-lasting colour.

2. Layer on two coats of nail enamel as your base colour.

3. Using a sponge dipped in another shade, dab the enamel on to the tip of the nail, fading it out when you reach the middle.

4. Repeat this process, dabbing more coral enamel on to the top of the nail to make the colour more intense. Then add a layer of sparkle over the entire nail with a coat of heavenly glitter.

5. Tidy around each nail with a concealer brush dipped in remover. Once everything is touch-dry, apply a layer of topcoat. Wait two minutes and then sweep on a coat of liquid quick-dry.

>>>First, apply the 'nude' look then add the explosion of glitter (Picture: supplied)
First, apply the ‘nude’ look then add the explosion of glitter (Picture: supplied)

L’Oreal

1. First, prep nails with one coat of La Manicure 7 in 1 Saviour to ensure a smooth base for colour application.

2. Apply two coats of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Rose Paradis, for the perfect nude nail.

3. Using L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Sequin Explosion, trace the tip of the nail to deposit a dense layer of glitter.

4. Always finish your nail art with a topcoat, such as L’Oréal Paris La Manicure 2 in 1 Protect, to seal and protect your design.

>>>Go bold with your nails to make a statement this Christmas party season (Picture: Matteo Scarpellini)
Go bold with your nails to make a statement this party season (Picture: Matteo Scarpellini)

MAC

1. Paint your nails a bright orange or coral, such as MAC’s nail lacquer in Impassioned or Morange, and let them dry completely.

2. Using a metallic shade, create a streak of light down the middle of the nail, using a shade such as AC’s Discothèque or Screaming Bright. Do this by using the width of the brush as a guide. Start at the cuticle area at the base of the nail and paint a rectangle in the centre of the nail. It should stop three-quarters of the way down the nail.

3. Seal your design with a topcoat.

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