• Diane M Kellogg

Dear Santa

By Marie-Lou Denis


Your natural nails or nude press one nails. You can get those at Sally’s beauty.


Decoart Americana acrylic paint:

- DA067 Lamp (Ebony) Black

- DA240 Cool White

- DA111 Grey Sky

- DA199 Primary Red

- DA053 Mistletoe

- DA275 Sour Apple

- DA031 Baby Pink

- DA078 Flesh Tone


- Princeton Select Short Liner 18/0

- Princeton Select Flat shader #6

- Loew Cornell Angular brush ¼

Other materials

- Paper palette

- White nail polish

- Base & Topcoat

- Dotting tool

- Acetone

- Rubbing alcohol 70%

- Newspaper


Start off by washing your hands thoroughly. Then either apply your press-on nails or your base coat nail polish. Let it dry fully and apply 2 coats of your white nail polish.


1.1 Newspaper transfer: Cut your newspaper into tiny rectangles (a little bit bigger than your nails).

1.2 Pour some rubbing alcohol into a tiny container and dip one of your fingers into it for 5 seconds.

1.3 Remove your finger from the container and apply the newspaper to your nail. Press firmly for 15 seconds.

1.4 Repeat these steps for every nail except the ring finger.

2.1 Mistletoe: Use the dotting tool and Primary Red to paint 3 dots in the corner of your nail on your thumb, index, and pinky.

2.2 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the mistletoe leaves with Mistletoe.

2.3 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the light of the mistletoe berries’ in Cool White.

2.4 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the veins of the mistletoe leaves in Sour Apple.

3.1 Handwriting: Use the short liner 18/0 to paint “Dear Santa” in Lamp (Ebony) Black. Begin with the letters in the center to make sure the text is centered on the nail.

3.2 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the heart and the kiss with Primary Red.

4.1 Santa Claus: Use the Flat shader to paint stripes with Primary Red and Flesh Tone.

4.2 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the light on Santa’s hat with Cool White.

4.3 Use the dotting tool and Cool White to paint Santa’s beard on each side and down the Flesh Tone stripe. Also, paint Santa’s hat edge with the dotting tool.

4.5 Use the dotting tool and Lamp (Ebony) Black to paint the eyes. Also, add the nose with the dotting tool and Baby Pink.

4.6 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint Santa’s rosy cheeks with diluted Primary red paint.

4.7 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint the eyebrows, the mustache, and the light in Santa’s eyes with Cool White.

4.8 Use the short liner 18/0 to paint swirls in Santa’s beard with Grey Sky.


Apply a matte topcoat to seal in your design. If you accidentally got some nail polish on your skin, use your Loew Cornell Angular brush ¼ dipped in acetone (or nail polish remover) and clean up your cuticles.


I hope you enjoyed painting this Santa letter on your nails! You can share it with me on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nailing_painting/,

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nailingpainting

or Twitter: https://twitter.com/NailingPainting

©2020 Nailing Painting - Marie-Lou Denis

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