How to Paint a Reindeer on Nails

How to Paint a Reindeer on Nails

By She Who Does Nails

July 30, 2023

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Reindeer nail art is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced manicurist, this easy step-by-step guide will help you create festive and unique reindeer nails. With just a few simple tools and a little bit of creativity, you can show off your love of Christmas with these cute reindeer designs.

This step-by-step guide will help you create the perfect wintery manicure.


Step by step guide on how to paint a Reindeer on Nails


Gather your supplies

Before getting started, it’s important to gather all the supplies you need: nail polish in desired colors – white, red, black, light and dark brown, a small dotting brush, clear top coat polish or gel polish sealer, and some optional decorations such as glitter or rhinestones.

Having everything on hand is essential when creating nail art; not only will it save time but also minimize frustration if something goes wrong.


Step 1:

To create a basic base layer, start by painting your nail one all over color. This should be lighter than any other colors used, as they will serve as the backdrop for all future layers. White always makes a good choice!

Step 2:

Use the small paintbrush to paint a semi-circle on the tip of your nail with a light brown polish.



Step 3:

Next, use the same paintbrush and polish to paint and fill an arch over the semi-circle. This will be the reindeer’s head.



Step 4:

Take a red or black polish and paint a small semi-circle on the tip of your nail for the reindeer’s nose.



Step 5 :

Take a dotting tool and a white polish and create two white dots for the whites of the eyes.



Step 6:

After they have dried, use a smaller dotting tool dipped in black polish to create the reindeer’s pupils.



Step 7:

Take a darker brown polish and using your small paintbrush paint two wiggly lines coming out of your reindeer’s head



Step 8:

Use the same paintbrush and polish to draw a couple of lines coming off of each of the antlers to finish them off.



Step 9:

Go back to using the light brown polish again and using the small paintbrush, paint two little ears onto the reindeer’s head.



Step 10:

Take a beige or natural colour polish and using the small paintbrush paint little splodges inside the ears to give them better shape and definition.



When it comes to creating a festive manicure for the holidays, nothing beats reindeer nail art. This step-by-step guide offers easy and creative ways to get your nails ready for all the holiday festivities. With just a few simple supplies, you can easily create whimsical reindeer designs that will show off your Christmas spirit!

Whether you choose subtle reindeer markings or glitzy embellishments, nail art featuring Rudolph and his friends is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Now that you’ve mastered this tutorial, don’t be afraid to use your own creativity when designing your next set of reindeer nails.


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