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Get perfect Christmas nails with WAH London

London's coolest nail salon WAH create an exclusive festive tartan manicure for Time Out

Billie Jane Bowdery

For a fashionable nod to the festive season that doesn't involve getting decked out like a Christmas tree, try some fancy Christmas nails instead. London's coolest salon WAH Nails have created this terrific Tartan Swarovski nail tutorial exclusively for Time Out - and it's easy enough for nail art novices to attempt. For more nail know-how, check out Jin Soon Choi's top tips for manicures or try the negative space nail tutorial

WAH Nails tutorial


Start off by prepping your nails. File them into your desired shape, gently buff the surface to ensure even application and apply a thin coat of Building Blocks Base Coat.


Once dry, apply two coats of Private Plane nail polish. The first coat should be thin to create the base shape, while the second coat can be a little more generous to ensure solid colour coverage.


Use the WAH London purple striper to make very thin lines down and across the nail.
TOP TIP: Rest the side of you hand on a flat surface and slowly drag the brush down to create the perfect line.


To add a little extra sparkle, apply small dots of nail glue to the tip of nail. Using the top of an orange stick dipped in a little Classy Glassy Glossy Top Coat, gently place small Swarovski crystals on the tip of the nail.

Don't fancy doing it yourself?