Nail Art Tutorial: Santa Claus Nails

Santa Claus Nail Art TutorialBack in 2011, I did Santa Nail Art where each nail featured The Big Man in Red’s suit. I really loved that design, and even though I wanted to wear it again, it was time for a challenge. (Click to see my step-by-step tutorial for the Santa Suit Nail Art!)

After seeing The Little Canvas’ cute nails with Kris Kringle’s face, I knew I had to try my hand at this design. Although mine didn’t turn out as well as neatly as hers, I had tons of fun painting this, and it was fun to bring my Santa Claus gang with me everywhere I went! (Thanks to The Little Canvas for the inspiration!)

Haha, I intended the Santas to be smirking or to at least look happy, but I guess my nail striper brush was a bit too thick and I was rushing a little. So, some of my Santas look like they’re being very sarcastic. Haha, can you spot which one drank too much of the spiked elves’ Christmas punch? ๐Ÿ˜›

Hey, it would be neat to combine this and the santa-suit design in a single manicure. You could even paint Santa’s hat on one nail. That would allow you to paint a whole bunch of different designs.

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Note:ย All polishes, except for the base coat, top coat, and China Glaze Liquid Leather were provided by the company/PR.

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*~* Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial *~*

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial

What I Used:

  1. Daniel Stone Art Tool 1
  2. Striping Brush
  3. OPI What’s Your Point-settia?
  4. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
  5. Zoya Chantal
  6. OPI Angel with a Leadfoot
  7. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  8. China Glaze Liquid Leather
  9. Zoya Dot

Step 1: Prepare Your Nails by Applying a Base Coat

Step 2: Begin Painting Santa’s Face

You don’t need to paint everything up to the cuticle, since you’ll be covering up that area anyway.

Here, I used 2 coats of Zoya Chantalย from the Naturel Collection.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: Paint Santa’s Red Hat

It doesn’t matter if this part is sloppy because the section where the two colours meet will be covered.

Here, I used OPI What’s Your Point-settia?ย from the Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add the Fluffy Trim on the Hat

This part is really fun because you get to whip out your dotting tool. To get the ‘fluffy’ appearance, justย connect the dots.

The white nail polish I used was OPI Angel with a Leadfoot from the Ford Mustang Collection.

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Step 5: Start Santa’s Beard at the Sideburnsย 

You could use a nail striper brush to paint this part, but I just used my dotting tool and dragged the white along the left and ride sides of each nail.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Complete the Beard

Using the brush right from the bottle, paint the tips of your nails white.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: Give Santa Sight

Using your dotting tool dipped in the white polish, add two circles on each nail. (You can create different expressions depending on how close or far apart these circles are.)

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Step 8: Add the Pupil

Using a smaller dotting tool, add the pupils. You can make each Santa look in a different direction. And if you make one pupil bigger than the other, like what I did for my middle finger, you can make Santa look like he drank the elves’ spiked Christmas punch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The black nail polish I used is my all-time favourite black, which is China Glaze Liquid Leather.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 8

Step 9: Get Nose-y

Using a pale pink, press down more with your dotting tool to create a larger dot or oval. (If you have a dotting tool that’s a larger size, you can use that, too.)

The pink I used was Zoya Dot from the Awaken Collection.

Santa Claus Nail Art Tutorial Step 9

Step 10: Add a Grin

Using your striper brush dipped in the black nail polish, add the smiles to each nail. You can make them smirk like I did…or have a sarcastic expression. Haha! You could also make them fully smile from ear to ear. They’re your nails, and it’s your lovely creation, so you hold the reins to creative freedom! ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember, always paint what makes you happy! (Perfection isn’t the goal. Happiness is!)

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Step 11: Apply a Top Coat

Wait a minimum of 15 minutes before you slap on a shiny top coat that will seal everything in.

Step 12: Check to See If You’re on the Naughty or Nice List

The last time I checked, I was on the Naughty List. But strangely enough, Santa’s Naughty List went missing. *Hums and looks around innocently* ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you know what you’re going to wear for your Christmas manicure? Is there any other Christmas or holiday nail art you’d like me to do a tutorial on? Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice List? ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S.ย In case you’re curious, below is the Santa Suit Nail Art I did back in 2011. Click the link or the image below to see my full tutorial for it.

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10 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Santa Claus Nails

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It would be fun if you used the Santa Claus design here and did one or two fingers with the Santa Suit design. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to do that, but right now I’m on a kick where I want lots of faces on my nails. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Haha, I didn’t intend for some of them to be so wavy. I was laughing with a co-worker last week about it because the more I looked at my manicure, the more at least two of the Santas seemed to be giving me a sarcastic expression. Haha!

  1. Julie

    Awww…this is soooo cute! I super love the colors used and the Santa design as well. Never knew that this is easy to create. I will try to do this.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Julie!

      Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s soooo much fun to paint, and you can finish it quickly. The only part that takes the longest is waiting before applying a top coat at the end. Other than that, you can fly right along.

  2. Susana Barral

    I tried this last Christmas (only as an accent nail because I’m awful with nail art) and it came out great! My nieces loved it and I ended up doing Santas for them too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Susana!

      I’m so happy that you tried this out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, remember that nobody runs out of the nail-art gate with perfect manicures. Nail art takes practice, and even if it’s not perfect, the design is yours to enjoy. That’s the most important thing! I’m very happy to hear that you and your nieces enjoyed wearing Santa nail art!


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