We’re in the home stretch to Christmas, so I had to get at least one Christmas themed manicure in before the big day. Inspired by road signs, I decided to paint a “Sleigh Crossing” version to warn people to look out for Santa and his reindeer.
To start, I painted my nails with 2 coats of white polish.
To make my road sign noticeable, I used neon yellow powder that glows under blacklight.
To use this powder, you must apply a gel top coat over your nails and cure it for about 15 seconds so that the surface stays tacky, then apply the powder with a sponge applicator. Being neat is a strong plus here. You don’t want to get the top coat pooling in your cuticles or sides of your nail bed because things will look really messy, and using a latex barrier on your skin will aid with the clean up process.
You will want to use a fan brush to dust away any excess powder from your nails before applying another layer of gel top coat to seal in the color. The powder can easily contaminate the brush and bottle of top coat, so if you are truly paranoid, you might consider pouring out a small amount of top coat into a separate container for use with this manicure to keep things neat.
The Santa and reindeer silhouettes were painted freehand with a detail brush and craft smart acrylic paint in black. I really wished that I had a stamping plate that I could have used for this step, but it wasn’t the worst thing that I’ve tried to paint.
The reindeer were the hardest elements for me to paint. I had to redo at least one nail completely because I didn’t like how it was turning out. The best part about having gel top coat sealing the neon base is that you can wipe away the paint on top without messing up the color underneath.
If you decide to attempt the freehand here, I find that it is easier to start by painting the shape of the body, then add the tail, legs, head, and antlers. That’s my method, but hey, what do I know about painting animals? Truth be told, I was cursing the whole time about how I can’t paint reindeer!
So while the design looks the most impressive under a blacklight, sadly they do not glow in the dark. Seeing as you don’t encounter blacklights in many places, people can’t truly appreciate the full effect of these nails. They’re still pretty festive, so you might want to attend a rave just for fun with these on.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate! Happy polishing!