Be inspired by colourful candy canes to nail your Christmas look, says Christine Karan.
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Or rather, my Christmas tree is up, the home-made plum pudding is ready, party invitations are pouring in, friends are bombarding me with gifts, my party wear is set and so are my beauty accessories.
However, one thing that I’m not ahead with is my nails. They are still in their natural form, and I want something different this Christmas. In previous years, I’ve experimented with a French manicure, painted sparkles on them; alternated nail colours and have gone all bling, with rhinestones.
But this Christmas I want something new. But now nail care expert Sally Hansen has come to my rescue with the Holiday Candy Cane, an easy DIY nail art that I can finish within minutes.
This simple recreation of the classic candy cane – for me a traditional Christmas treat since childhood – feels modern but not overly saccharine; festive without feeling kitsch.
The snow-white base makes a modern and minimal foundation for a sweet holiday look. The combination of bold and fine burgundy stripes is a subtle and elegant way to celebrate the season.
I started by using Sally Hansen Nail Rehab (RO4), a magic potion of jasmine and rose extract. This helps to strengthen my nails, conceal certain imperfections and give a protective shield that stops breaking or tearing, which my nails are very much prone to during the festive season.
For the next step, I applied two coats of Xtream Hard as Nail (RO2), in the shade White-On, giving my nails a perfect base to design. I chose White-On as my base coat as it was the right colour I needed for my design and it has a touch of shine too. The Xtreme Hard as Nails also comes in 45 different hues for you to get creative. But for my design, I’m going to stick with White-On.
Using my stripping brush from I Heart Nail Art Tool Kit, also from Sally Hansen, I drew diagonal lines using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (RO4.4) in the shade Dig Fig-440-2, leaving an ample amount of space between stripes. You can place stripes in the opposite direction on different fingers to add some variety to the design.
Then I drew slender stripes in between these wider diagonal stripes and had them follow along the same angle.
Finally, I completed with a brush of Miracle Gel Top Coat (RO4.5), also from Sally Hansen, over my designed nails to get that dazzling, finished look.
So there you have it, folks: a striking and festive look inspired by candy canes that will keep your holiday spirit on a festive high.