Elf Nail Art Tutorial

Elf Nail Art Tutorial

By She Who Does Nails

December 17, 2022

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It’s that time of year again, and nothing says Christmas like festive nails! If you’re looking to add a little bit of cheer to your look this holiday season, then look no further than this Christmas Elf Nail Art Tutorial. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll be able to DIY the perfect set of Christmas elf nails in no time. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced with nail art, this step-by-step tutorial will teach you the basics of creating your own enchanting Christmas elf-inspired design.

 

Supplies Needed

The most important part of achieving any successful nail design is having the right materials. For this tutorial, you’ll need a range of nail polish colors which includes red, green, white, black, beige, gold and light pink. You’ll also need a dotting tool and a striping brush.

To make it easier for you, we have split this guide into two tutorials; one for the face of the elf, and another for his body.

In the first tutorial, you will learn how to recreate a cute cartoon elf face using nail polish. The second tutorial is dedicated to creating an adorable outfit for your little elf.

 

Elf Face Nail Art Tutorial

 

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Step 1

Start by prepping your nails with a base coat and then using a small paintbrush, paint a circle in the middle of each nail using a skin-coloured polish. Then, using a bright red polish, paint a semicircle on the tip of your nail for the elf’s shoulders.

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Step 2

Then, use a tiny paintbrush along with the skin colour polish again to carefully draw two pointy ears and a neck onto each nail.

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Step 3

Pick up your red polish again and use it to paint the little rim of your elf’s hat.

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Step 4

Take your green polish and paint the shape of the elf’s hat, with it draping down to his shoulder with a point.

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Step 5

Use a dotting tool dipped in bright yellow polish to create the bobble on the end of his hat.

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Step 6

Take your white polish and use the same dotting tool to create two whites of the eyes.

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Step 7

Then, use a light pink colored polish with a tiny paintbrush to paint the elf’s ear definition, mouth and nose.

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Step 8

Finally, use a tiny dotting tool with black polish to create the pupils in your elf’s eyes.

 

 

Elf Body Tutorial

 

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Step 1

Start by painting your nail all over a bright green.

 

 

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Step 2

After that has dried, take a red polish and paint a spiky red collar to his top.

 

 

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Step 3

With your metallic gold polish, draw a square on the middle of your nail for the elf’s belt buckle.

 

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Step 4

Using the black polish, paint a stripe across the middle of your nail and through the buckle for the belt.

 

 

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Step 5

Finally, use a dotting tool again with the yellow polish to create his little buttons.

 

 

And voila, here’s what the final manicure looks like! For your remaining fingers, you can create a white and green striped design to compliment the elf by using a striping brush. 

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Our Christmas Elf Nail Art Tutorial has given you step-by-step instructions on how to create a fun and unique look. With the reds, greens, and whites of the holiday season all combined together in one design, you can enjoy a creative take on traditional winter colors.

You can choose to customize the design with different colors or patterns; let your imagination be your guide as you create an elf nail art look that’s unique to you! Have fun creating a memorable manicure for yourself this holiday season!

 

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