Hi! I’m PJ from the lifestyle blog, A Girl Named PJ. After crafting your way though The Holiday Collective’s gallery of festive DIY projects, your nails might be looking a bit worse for wear. There have been so many amazing ornaments and gift wrap and decor to make! That’s why I’m sharing a different type of DIY today — a last-minute holiday manicure!
As much as I love nail art, I’m also somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to beauty and style, and this festive manicure is the perfect combination of simple and fun. Plus, you most likely have everything you need in your makeup bag or medicine cabinet. No special tools or brushes are needed for this Christmas-inspired mani!
- Nail file
- Paper towel
- Cotton swabs
- Base coat
- Green nail polish
- Gold nail polish
- Top coat (I love this quick drying one)
Gently shape your nails using your favorite nail file. Before you begin painting your nails, cut one or two cotton swabs in half.
Apply a base coat. Not only does a base coat help to extend the life of your manicure, it can also help prevent dark polish from staining your nail beds.
Carefully apply two coats of green nail polish. (I’m using OPI Christmas Gone Plaid.) If dark green isn’t your thing, try a jolly red instead!
When your nail polish is mostly dry, add a small dollop of gold nail polish to a paper towel. (I love Julep Zelda Bombshell because it’s so shiny.)
Dip one of the halved cotton swabs into the tiny puddle, making sure the stick end is completely covered in polish. Tap the polish-covered end very gently onto the center of your nails near your cuticle. You may have to re-dip your cotton swab in nail polish every two or three fingers.
Now wait! If you apply your top coat immediately after adding your gold dots, they will smear with each stroke of top coat. So take a few minute to go check out my blog or scroll through Instagram. Then apply your top coat and admire your festive holiday manicure!
Not shown: Use the extra cotton swabs and some nail polish remover (this one by Zoya is my favorite) to clean up any polish that didn’t end up on your nails. My nails are always a bit of mess immediately after painting them, especially when I use green nail polish for some reason!
I’d love to see how your nails turn out, so snap a photo of your holiday manicure, share it on Instagram, and tag me in the comments (@pjfeinstein). But most importantly, I hope you have a very happy holiday season and a joyful New Year!
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A Girl Named PJ
PJ Feinstein is the author of A Girl Named PJ, a lifestyle blog offering fashion and beauty tips, design inspiration, commentary on pop culture, thoughts on personal growth, and honest talk about motherhood. Basically, it’s a blog for modern moms who like to talk about things besides their kids. When she’s not writing and taking photos for her blog, PJ is a social media consultant and freelance writer who regularly contributes to Cool Mom Picks and Better Homes & Gardens. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, two young sons, and small white dog.