Penguin & Snowman Nail Art

So at Christmas more than any other time of year, all the nail brands start retweeting and sharing all our festive manicures and nail art. Yes I have been sucked onto the bandwagon, mainly because I love Christmas, I’ve regretted not doing it previous years, it’s cute, and I haven’t done nail art in ages!

Growing up my favourite animal was a penguin (they are still in the top running) and I always had a trademark simple penguin drawing I would put everywhere. I love them, I think they are super cute little animals 🙂 (birds?). And snowmen… what better to get you in the festive mood!

This is a super easy design to create, it definitely looks better in person than in these photos but I’ll explain to you how to create the designs step-by-step.

Penguin Snowman snow nail art christmas nail polish snowflake holo glitter barry m nail art pens snow effect cute christmassy festive simple easy short nails uk blog

Penguin Snowman snow nail art christmas nail polish snowflake holo glitter barry m nail art pens snow effect cute christmassy festive simple easy short nails uk blog

Penguin Snowman snow nail art christmas nail polish snowflake holo glitter barry m nail art pens snow effect cute christmassy festive simple easy short nails uk blog

 

Penguin Snowman snow nail art christmas nail polish snowflake holo glitter barry m nail art pens snow effect cute christmassy festive simple easy short nails uk blog

Penguin Snowman snow nail art christmas nail polish snowflake holo glitter barry m nail art pens snow effect cute christmassy festive simple easy short nails uk blog

One day I will be organised enough to make step-by-step photos, but I did these after dark so photos would have been pretty useless!

List of products: Rimmel Space Dust Luna Love (snowman scarf), Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream (background), Illamasqua Gamma (noses and feet), Barry M LE Silver Lights (snow sparkles), Nubar White Polka Dots (background snow), Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat, Barry M Nail Art Pens in White and Black, and a dotting tool/cocktail stick. Oh and basecoat (as a given).

Base: Paint 1 coat basecoat and 2 coats Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, leave to dry, and paint 2 coats Nubar White Polka Dots. Here is your base 🙂

Penguin: Take Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black, and draw a tall dome shape on your ring finger. Try to make it evenly spaced with even sides, but it doesn’t matter too much. Fill it in with the pen, and leave to dry. Go over a second time with the pen to make an even black colour throughout if needed. Once this is dry, draw a smaller dome inside the black one using the white pen. Again go over this twice if needed and leave to dry. Using the white pen draw two white dots at the top of the black dome for the penguin’s eyes. Once dry, draw a black dot in each with the black pen. Take a small dotting tool and Illamasqua Gamma – blob some Gamma onto a piece of paper and dot a tiny bit onto the dotting tool. Use the dotting tool to create a triangle for the nose (two blobs at the top and one underneath in the middle like an upside down triangle, go over again if needed). Use it to also make the feet – two little blobs touching each other on either side of the penguin. Finish with topcoat once dry.

Snow: Take Barry M Nail Art Pen in White and use it to make the snow at the tips of all your nails. I did this in a circular motion to make it look more like snow and less even and clinical. Leave to dry, and go over a second time if required. On the ‘free’ fingers, draw two little star shapes evenly spaced with the white pen like so:

snowflakes

It doesn’t really matter if it’s not neat as it will be covered lightly with holo glitter. Once dry, take Barry M LE Silver Lights and blob a fair bit onto some paper. Using a small dotting tool, pick some up and spread it fairly sparsely over the snow. I wouldn’t recommend using the brush as you get more control with a dotting tool. Also blob some into the centre of the star shape, making  a sparkly snowflake. Finish with topcoat.

Snowman: Draw a big circle with 1/4 of it in the snow at the tip of your nail on your index finger, to make the base of the snowman, and fill in. Draw a second, smaller circle on top for the head, and fill in. Leave both to dry and go over a second time if needed. Using the black pen, draw a line straight across his head and a box on top, to make the hat – go over if necessary. Also put two dots for eyes, and three dots down his belly for buttons. Using the dotting tool, take Illamasqua Gamma and dot on a nose. Finally, blob some Rimmel Luna Love onto some paper and using a thin dotting tool, lightly drag it around to make a scarf. Go over twice if necessary. Finish with topcoat.

And there you have your little winter scene! I think next I will do a Christmas tree 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post, what wintry scenes have you been putting on your nails so far?

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