Just when I thought I’d never be able to top this Christmas manicure, I decide to try my hand at plaid Christmas nails and completely fell in love!! It’s been a bit of a plaid overload on the blog this week, which makes this red plaid manicure even more perfect! There are a TON of nail art ideas that are perfect for the holidays – snowflake nails, Christmas trees, ornaments, string lights (check out my 50+ Best Pinterest Holiday Nails post for more inspo!) – but a classic and festive nail design like red plaid will never get old.
How To Do Plaid Christmas Nails
What You Need:
- Clear Base Coat
- Red Nail Polish (color here similar to OPI Nail Lacquer in An Affair in Red Square)
- Black, White & Silver Nail Art Polishes (or regular polish in each of these shades and a thin nail art brush)
- Clear Top Coat
Step 1: Apply Base Coat & 2 Coats of Red Polish
Like any other manicure, start with a nail strengthening base coat, I’m partial to Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, followed by 2 coats of your choice of red polish! I went with a dark red with a slight shimmer for this manicure, but any red you choose will look amazing as long as it opaque and not a sheer color.
The key is to let the red polish completely dry before the next step to prevent any smudging.
Step 2: Paint Black Stripes
Now it’s time to start your plaid art! Once your red polish is dry, carefully paint 1 thin vertical stripe, 1 thick vertical stripe and 1 thin horizontal stripe on each nail and let them dry completely.
Step 3: Paint White Stripes
Once your black polish is dry paint 2 thin horizontal stripes on each nail. (Don’t worry that the black polish goes over the white on one side you’ll fix that later)
Step 4: Paint Silver Stripes
Lastly paint one thin silver strip on each nail to complete the plaid pattern.
Step 5: Touch up any Stripes & Apply Top Coat
Once the pattern is done you can go in and touch up any lines that may need it. Then make sure your design is COMPLETELY dry before applying a top coat to prevent any smudges.