Christmas Nail Tutorial – Shepherds

Only six days to go until Christmas day now…are you excited?

Today’s tutorial is of another set of characters surrounding the Christmas story… shepherds!

On that first Christmas, an whole host of angels appeared to a group of shepherds telling them to go and worship the king that would born in Bethlehem that night, Jesus. I imagine they must have been surprised that their savior would be born into virtual poverty in a stable!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. ”  – Luke 2 v 8-12

For this tutorial you’ll need plenty of neutral nail polish colours for the shepherds clothes, plus skin and hair colored polishes too!

Step 1

Start by painting your nail all over with a skin coloured polish.

Step 2

Use one of your neutral colours to paint the shepherd’s headdress in a curve at the top of your nail.

Step 3

Here I forgot to take an extra photo, so there’s two things to do! Take another neutral colour and paint the band around the headdress. Then use a hair-coloured polish to paint your shepherd’s hair and beard!

Step 4

Use a white polish and dotting tool to create the whites of the eyes.

Step 5

Dot on the shepherd’s pupils using a black polish and tiny dotting tool.

Step 6

Finally, use a dotting tool again with your skin-coloured polish to dot on your shepherd’s nose!

And there you have it!

My final manicure below shows three different looking shepherds and a little sheep from their flock, so you can really have fun with this design :)

Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art

Polishes used for this nail design tutorial

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