A Holiday Nail Art Tutorial That Anyone Can Do — Because We Can't All Perfect That Glittery Nativity Scene

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Holiday season is officially in warp drive and we're all getting used to seeing a plethora of beautiful holiday nail art all over Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter — well, you get the idea. Let's be honest, though. Most of these stunning designs fill us with delusions of grandeur regarding our nail polish application abilities that result in hours of trying (and usually failing) to emulate their lacquered glory. Let me save you some time — it's not going to happen. You made a noble attempt but, trust me, that stunning, swirly, perfectly-lined winter scene, complete with a Nativity scene (in which glitter is used for baby Jesus's tears) is just not within your grasp. I know this. I have tried it.

So if, like me, you dream of pretty and festive nails but lack any real skill, then this tutorial is for you! You don't need a dotting tool, toothpicks, stripers, tweezers or any other hazardous appliance. You don't need a steady hand, and you especially won't need nail polish remover and two dozen cotton wool pads on standby for that moment when you decide to start from scratch (or moments when you decide to start from scratch).

Whatever holiday you celebrate, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Solstice or anything else, this is my gift to you. And if you try it yourself, please feel free to tweet me pictures!

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