Christmas is a great time to experiment with nail art, but complex designs or expensive polishes may not be for everyone. Treat yourself to glorious nails this Christmas with my beautiful selection of simple and inexpensive nail designs; fun, festive and affordable!
Sophisticated Snow Design
For a wintertime twist on the classic French manicure, try my DIY snow tipped nails – perfect for celebrating the chillier seasons.
1) Start by using a nude nail varnish for the base; Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine, Lychee. However, if nude is not for you, try a subtle pink polish, or simply apply a clear base coat for a more natural look. Allow to dry before applying the white coat.
2) Next (very, very patiently) use Barry M Matte White to paint the tips. Freehand, create a repeated triangular pattern, as shown in the picture above.
3) Now you’re ready to apply the topcoat – my go to polish for topcoats is Sparkle by Collection. This glittery polish creates a dazzling finish — both subtle and sophisticated for season’s greetings
Both Barry M’s Classic Berry Cosmo and Essie’s Dress to Kilt are great colours for Autumn through to Winter. Berry Cosmo is a deep, dark purple which compliments a variety of skin tones, and Dress to Kilt is a beautifully bold burgundy red, perfectly apt for the colder months
Tip: Barry M varnishes are more friendly to a student budget – starting at £2.99 – a wide selection can be found in Boots and Superdrug (plus, don’t forget your NUS discount at Superdrug!). Essie varnishes are on the pricier side, with each polish retailing at just under £8. However, Amazon offers Dress to Kilt for just £5.37.
Primark False Nails
Nail art, whilst gorgeous, can be time consuming and fiddly. I suggest checking out the range of festive false nails sold by Primark. When I visited the Primark store in Bath I found a selection of Christmassy designs: candy-cane stripes, glittery red, and even some with a Rudolph or Snowflake design – quite the assortment! These are on sale for only £1, but do tend to sell out quickly.
If however, like me, you find that the glue provided does not keep the nails in place for long enough, instead try Finishing Touches Brush-on Nail Glue. In my experience, this gem of a find helps my false nails to stay on for at least four to five days (miraculous). To purchase, simply search Amazon or Feel Unique, or shop in store at Superdrug and Tesco.
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