Santa Hat Nail Art: The Jolliest French Manicure

It requires minimal products, time and skill, but still looks like you made an effort. It's Christmas, after all.
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It requires minimal products, time and skill, but still looks like you made an effort. It's Christmas, after all.

Christmas is said to be a time of cheer, family and fuzzy feelings. For some of us, however, Christmas brings back memories of snarky family members, hostility and, yes, even tears. 

One way to make the festive season a more pleasant time is with nail art. Last year, I did a sparkly red and gold glitter gradient manicure, and fun was had by all (or just by me, whatever). This year, I need to up my game. I need to be creative. I am of the Pinterest Generation and the pressure is on. All I need is an amazing mani that will make Christmas more enjoyable and impress all others in Generation P. 

Easy. 

Say hellirrrr to my Santa hat mani! It requires minimal products, time and skill, but still looks like you made an effort. 

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All you need is some cotton wool, a white polish--I used Michellori Nail Polish in white--and a red nail polish--I used OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns--but you can use a deeper red if you prefer.

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Start with clean, dry nails. It's better if they’re a little bit on the long side so that the fluffy part of the Santa hat can take up the tips.

Use your red polish and paint the base. If you want to, you can do your top coat at this point, because you won’t be able to put a top coat over the end result without ruining it.

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Next, take your white nail polish and paint the tips of your nails. They don’t need to be even, because we’re putting cotton wool over it anyway.

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Without letting the white part dry--we will be using it to hold the cotton wool to the nail--pull off little tufts of cotton wool and press it together lightly in a small strip. Just enough to cover the tips.

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Firmly press the strip onto the wet white nail polish. If you have excess cotton wool on either side or if it is too puffy on top, you can trim it with a nail scissor. Don’t trim too much though, because it still needs to look fluffy.

And VOILA!

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That was really easy, right? This manicure probably won’t hold up very well for days on end, so I’d do it the day of your family get-together. If you try this (or any other Christmas-theme manicure for that matter), post pics in the comments sections so we can ooh and aah together.