Foolproof Nail Art: Giftwrapped

Getting caught up in the fun of the holidays, I've been keen to try different Christmas-themed nail art - remember my snowy manicure? Well this time round, I wanted to try something that would feature my official favourite holiday polish: Ruby from Joe Fresh. It is just the prettiest colour, and full of glitter, which I love. Best part? Unlike most glittery polish it is extremely easy to remove = winning. 

I got the idea for gift-wrapped nails on Pinterest where I'd seen people paint their nails one colour, then using carefully snipped pieces of tape, make a cross pattern on their nail and paint a second colour over top, removing the tape to reveal a pretty giftwrap-esque look. I attempted that trick, and it was an epic failure. The tape strips I had painstakingly cut out ripped off the base polish even though I let it dry completely first. The end result just. looked. awful. I will not be doing that again. So I turned to my nail art pen, and it was SO much easier. I promise! 

Here's how I did it:
1. Paint on a base coat. (I use an all-in-one from Essie).
2. Apply two coats of your chosen polish colour - in this case "Ruby". Allow to dry.
3. Using a nail art pen, paint on two intersecting stripes on each nail (I personally like having the vertical stripe to one side and the horizontal stripe about a third of the way down). Allow to dry.
4. Using the nail art pen, in each of the four corners where the stripes meet, paint little half circles, to make a bow! Allow to dry.
5. Paint on a top coat, allow to dry, and you're done!

Trust me - if I can do it, so can you! If you decide to give this nail art a go, please let me know how it goes! Even better? Snap a photo on instagram, or tweet one to me! I'd love to see your results!

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Gabrielle said...

this is so cute!

Happy holidays!


Rebecca said...

Such fantastic nails! I have not seen this design before, so unique and festive!


Sybil said...

ooohh yay for festive nails!! :D

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Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

Such gorgeous nails! <3 <3 <3

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Lauren said...

That is so adorable!! Such a good idea for the holidays

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