Festive Fingertips

Nail art and I do not go I am a one colour wonder at best but when that festive season comes around I am a little more partial to a glitter nail or two. So when Marisota contacted me about being part of the '12 Nails of Christmas' blogger challenge I thought I would try my hand at it. By using the tools kindly provided for me and the inspiration they sent a long too I have created a few simple looks that are pretty fool proof and can add a little more to your seasonal attire. 

As a rule I always use a base coat for whichever manicure I go for just so my nails are slightly protected and don't end up being stained by the polish. The Sally Hansen (who isn't actually a real person shocker I know) Maximum Strength is my current choice of base coat of choice which isn't my favourite but for the time being it is ideal. Then go for your colour of choice and of course it is the season for those dark vampy nails and for that plummy type of shade we all love Essie 'Bahama Mama'* fits the bill and completely opaque in 2 coats. So to accompany my plum mani I toyed with the idea of a little zig zag detail a long the up half almost like a little cracker which the Barry M nail art pens* came in handy for. A long the same lines you could also use something like the Andrea Fullerton Nail Tattoo's* and using the chain option you could pop this a long or the nails or just one. 

Polkadots are not something that are particularly seasonal but with the right colours they can be either all over the nail or just one dotted at the base of the nail can be your touch of pattern to a plain outfit. For something a little more advanced and if you are used to using nail art pens you could create a little snowflake onto a black manicure or you could reverse the colours and use a white base for a less dramatic look. For the nail art experts among us is something that would be perfect for a strictly black tie affair are the Andrea Fullerton Nail Crystal Gemstones*. Paired on top of Essie 'Liquorice' these gems are easy enough to apply by dropping onto wet polish and then sealed with the Essie Let It Shine top coat* these could easily last a few days after the big night.

Of course there are the usual glitter accent nail or a full glitter affair for those parties because what other time of year can you if not this season? My go to will be a polka dot manicure I think it simple to do and you can mix and match your colours to co-ordinate with your outfit perfectly.

What is your favourite festive nail trend?
 *This post is not sponsored it is part of the Marisota '12 nails of Christmas' blogger challenge
Rebecca Warriner