Advent Tutorial: Shepherds

Only six days to go until Christmas day now…are you excited? I can’t wait myself as it my husband’s and my first Christmas as a married couple, so it’s going to be really special!

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

Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art

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 saviour 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 colours for the shepherds clothes, plus skin and hair coloured polishes too!

Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 1Start by painting your nail all over with a skin coloured polish.
Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 2Use one of your neutral colours to paint the shepherd’s headdress in a curve at the top of your nail.
Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 3Here 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!
Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 4Use a white polish and dotting tool to create the whites of the eyes.
Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 5Dot on the shepherd’s pupils using a black polish and tiny dotting tool.
Advent Tutorial: Shepherds Nail Art Step 6Finally, 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

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Posted on by Laura Robson in Nail Art, Tutorials 2 Comments
  • C Wa

    this is so creative and clever! xx

  • Fingers

    HAHAHA These are freakin awesome!

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