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Last Minute Holiday Nail Art & Tutorial

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Nothing like getting into the holiday season than with fun, glittery nails. Let’s face it, gray skies and cold days are practically begging for some excitement on the nails. And what better way to get some festive spirit than with two amazing nail designs, which include light and delicate snowflake wonderland and an adorable reindeer.  The best part is that I’ve made an easy to follow nail guide so you can recreate these festive nails at home.

Glittery Snowflake Wonderland

This simple to do glittery nail look is absolutely stunning for the holiday season.

What you’ll need:
  • Light blue nail polish
  • Light Gray nail polish
  • Silver holographic nail polish
  • Small nail art brush
  • White acrylic paint
How to Get the Look:

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Step 1: To start off with this manicure we are going to use a base coat to protect our natural nails, then apply our polishes onto the nails. Mix up the colors to whatever you like best! Light blue and gray just seemed to perfectly resemble what the winter days feel like to me! I am using Zoya’s ‘Blu’, Glisten & Glow’s ‘OG Snowman’, and KB Shimmer’s ‘Alloy Matey’. [ Feel free to use any nail polishes of you choice ]

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Step 2: To place the snowflakes, we are going to start off with figuring out where our spacing is going to go. I like to have two snowflakes per nail usually so I placed two dots far apart from each other. These dots are going to be the middle of our snowflakes. I am making the dots using white acrylic paint and a dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool, you can use a pen or a bobby pin.

Step 3: Using a small nail art brush, dip into the white acrylic paint and draw five lines around the center dot. Then, draw small lines from those. I dip the brush into water before going into the acrylic paint so it’s easier to draw. Do the same thing for your next snowflake.

Step 4: To add some extra glitter to the manicure add some glitter dots! I did these with a dotting took and used the same polish we have on the accent nail.

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Final step: Add some quick dry glossy top coat and you’re done!

Reindeer Glam

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a fun and festive reindeer nail art that is sure to add some holiday cheer  to any outfit.

What you’ll need:
  • Red glitter nail polish
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small nail art brush
  • Dotting tool
How to Get the Look:

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Step 1: I chose this awesome red holographic polish as the base for the nails (except the ring finger) because it has a reflective sheen in the sun. Even in indoor lighting, the polish looks like it glows! However, feel free to use any red glitter of your choice.

For the ring finger, I went for a light brown color. I applied a coat of quick dry top coat to protect the base layers of polish in case we have any mistakes when we are painting the designs.

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Step 2: Using a small nail art brush, I dipped into a light brown acrylic paint and drew the silhouette of our reindeer. Sometimes acrylic paint can be patchy, so just wait a bit for the first layer to dry, then fill in any areas of patchiness.

Step 3: I used the same brush dipped into a medium brown to outline our reindeer. If your lines get a bit wonky, then you can use light pressure and scrape away any mistakes. The polish below the design must be completely dry for you to do this. If the acrylic paint is still wet, then simply wipe it away with some water!

Step 4: Next, I drew on some antlers using the same brush and acrylic paint.

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Step 5: With a dotting tool, I made some white dots using white acrylic paint. I prefer to use acrylic paint in these kinds of instances because it’s easier to fix mistakes. Then, using the same dotting tool, I added smaller black dots for the reindeer’s eyes.

Step 6: Using the same nail art brush, I used the polish we have on the other fingers, and drew on Rudolf’s nose. This really ties in the design onto the other nails.

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Final Step: Wait for the design to dry, then apply a coat of quick dry top coat. And voila, you have a fun, festive nail design for the holidays.


We hope you all like these festive designs and have a wonderful holiday season! Make sure to head over to Joanna’s IG for more nail inspiration @jannasnails.

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Komal
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Wow! You are so so talented! I’m not sure I could even begin to try to do this but you did an amazing job. I’ll let the pros handle it! Lol

Niekartistiek
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The snowflake one is beautiful! & Reindeer glam just absolutely cute. Thank you for sharing these hot to tips!

Belle
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Oh my gosh! That reindeer nail art is the cutest!

Belle | One Awesome Momma

Kyla Matton Osborne
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I love the reindeer! It’s so cute. I am not a nail polish wearer, but I can totally see one of my daughters sporting this look 🙂

corinne & kirsty
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both styles are so nice! i am loving the snowflakes! so so cute! and the reindeer too!

Joan Cajic
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These look really pretty, you just reminded me that I need to do my nails they are looking rather gloomy right about now.

Laurence
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This is so cute!!! Expecially the reindeer nail art. I hope I can make that one, since I have small nails 🤣

Jenni LeBaron
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These are so cute and helpful! I thought for sure you had used a nail wrap on first look, but the step by step makes it look easy.

Carly
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love all these ideas! holiday nails are my favorite!
Carly | preppedupglamour.com

Aashima
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I totally loved the pink and white look. I do the first 1 all the time, will give this one a try. Great designs and great post!

Ashvin
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Loving the styles and design of the nail art. The reindeers looks really gorgeous!

Ana De- Jesus
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Oh I love both nail art designs, but I think the snowflake one would be great for the New year festivities as well so it is definitely transitional. I love the burgundy hue of the reindeer nail art as well x

Denay DeGuzman
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What a great nail tutorial. I just came back from having a mani/pedi this afternoon, but next time I’ll be trying out your fantastic tips. By the way, I love that cute festive reindeer!

Claudia K
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Great nail art! I love the reindeer nails and still have time to give them a try.

Blair villanueva
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I like reindeers as well. It would be nice to have mistletoe and Santa claus nail art 🙂

LaToyia Dennis
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I just love everything about your nail designs. I really like reindeer.

Susie
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So cute! A lot of my friends got holiday nails done and it’s absolutely adorable – reindeers and snowmen 😀

Patricia @ Grab a Plate
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So super-cute! The Rudolph design is adorable – very festive!

Whitney S
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These are both super cute!! I remember doing the reindeer one a few years ago. The snowflake one is so pretty!

Katie
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They look so festive! Love the sparkly slowflakes but the reindeer is so crrative too.

Dina Demarest
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I love the reindeer nails. They’re so cute. I should take some notes and go paint mine.

Andrea
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These are both really pretty and like how well of a tutorial it is. I will def apply these this weekend!

Jenny Thompson
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I love the whole Winter Wonderland theme of the first look. How long does it usually take you to do your nail art?

Jenny
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I hope I can find some time to do something fun on my nails! These are all so cute.

Tiffany Haywood
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I LOVE Love The Reindeer and I think it’s a design I could actually pull off! Plus it would work for eithe rme or my Girlies! Thanks for sharing . . .

sarah camille
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I love the reindeer design and a little sparkle is often what I go for for the holidays. Your step by step instructions are really helpful too!

Kelly Hutchinson
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I am always looking for new nail designs. I love to dress them up during the holidays! The reindeer are super cute!

Marissa Zurfluh
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These are very pretty designs! I wish I had someone to do it for me. =p

Louise Bishop
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Very nice work! I always enjoy taking time to do some fun nail work.

Ashley
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So Cute!!! I love the snowflake ones! I may just have to give it a try

Savannah Pham
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I love the reindeer nail art design! It’s so cute. I’m obsessing over the glittery snowflakes though. LOVE THE COLOR!

Aliza
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I definitely need to paint my nails for Christmas ASAP, so you posted this just in time! Thank you for the great ideas!

shannon
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Oh I like the winter wonderland one! I barely make time to cut my nails but these are so cute =P lol

eliza
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I love it! very cute and stylish, aside from being seasonal I already tried GLITTERY SNOWFLAKE WONDERLAND but I’m gonna change later to Reindeer Glam, hehehe thanks for the idea. Happy Holidays!

Vanessa Palma
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This is so adorable! I’m going to try this out with my girls. I think it will be so much fun.

Aditi
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This is supercool. Have saved to share with my kids tomorrow!

LavandaMIchelle
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I am loving the snowflakes, so very cute! My girls are trying out the reindeer!

Sarmistha Goswami
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OMG! These nail arts look so cute! I love the snow flake idea and it looks so easy to do. The reindeer looks cute too 🙂

Carley
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These are so cute! I love the photo tutorials, too. It makes it a lot easier for us novices!

Blair villanueva
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I bet these are still perfect until New Year’s eve! You are so creative and stylish.

Sheri
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These look awesome, I love getting my nails polished,. I especially like this grey and white look but without the snowflakes.

The Southern Thing
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The reindeer design is so cute!!

emman damian
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“GLITTERY SNOWFLAKE WONDERLAND” seems so cute! My girlfriend would really love this shade for holidays.

Ruth I
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Those are really cute! I like the reindeer glam, the child in me is happy about it. lol!

LavandaMichelle
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I’m going to try these out with my girls. They are truly adorable.

Becca Talbot
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I am loving that snowflake design! It’s very wintery, and perfect for New Year AND Christmas 🙂 x

Melina
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My daughter loves getting her nails done! She would love the snowflakes and designs! Love the tutorial! Thanks!

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

OMG, that cute Rudolph design! So adorable, I like the sparkles for NYE!

Mary May Arcenal
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The snowflake nail art looks so nice! I think this is even wearable throughout the winter season. 🙂

Jessica Taylor
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I did a simple glitter color for Christmas, but I wish I would’ve done your deer one!

Bobbi
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These are some really cute nail ideas. I have never been great at doing them myself but these look worth a try.

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