Santa Claus Nail Art - Take 2

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  Can you believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow?!  This whole month has flown by.  Now I have to start thinking about New Years manicures.  Honestly though, I cannot wait to be done painting my nails surrounding a "theme."  Don't get me wrong, I love doing holiday manicures, but after awhile, I get kind of bored and start itching to do other manicures.

Since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, today I'm bringing Santa Claus nails!!!  I painted these little guys last year and really loved the end result!  This year, I'm loving them just the same!  It's really weird though, in the middle of the summer, these nails were my number 1 traffic source from Google in Russia.  Literally, people were searching "santa nails" in July.  Maybe it was  Christmas in July?  Who knows.

Anywho, let's take a look at the nails!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Chantal
  • OPI - The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Sally Hansen - Pink Blink
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
Cute, right?  To get the look, I started off with a base coat of Zoya Chantal from the new 2014 Natural Collection.  Last, I kept my nails naked underneath, and the red ended up staining my nails, so I put on the base of a nude polish to hopefully avoid that.  We shall see when I take them off.

After my base was dried, I used my nail art brush to paint the red hats by my cuticle using OPI The Spy Who Loved Me.  I then sat for a good 10 minutes before doing anything else because I wanted to make sure that the red was dry before the next part.  The next part was adding the white detailing to the edge of the hat.  I have found that if the red isn't 100% dry, then it will bleed into the white making nice pink dots instead of white ones.  Using my medium dotting tool, I added the white dots on the hat.

With a smaller dotting tool, I went down the side of each nail then went across the bottom part of my nail for the top of the beard.  I then filled in the tips of my nails using the same dotting tool.  As the beards were drying, I went through and added the whites of the eyes.  I then added the pink noses, the black pupils, and the little smirks.

This was my first time using Zoya Chantal, and it is such an amazing polish.  It matched my skin tone rather well and was perfect for the faces of these little guys.  It applied evenly in two coats and had a rather nice formula.  Just like my old bottle of Avery from Zoya, it was kind of freaky (for me) to have plain nude nails.  It matched my skin so well that it almost looked like I had no nails at all when it was the plain base.  Well, there was some distinction, but still, it was weird.  It's a great nude polish though.  No complaints!

What do you think?  Liking the little guys??

On Christmas I'll be sharing with you my nail art wheel!  I really hope you enjoy it!  I'm proud of the end result.  Some nails on it I may do after Christmas because they were "winter-y" instead of Christmas-y but whatever.  We shall talk about it then!

Until next time, <3.

**Zoya Chantal was provided by Zoya for Promotional Purposes.  Opinions expressed in this post are my own.  Please see my disclosure policy**

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