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Sometimes, Thanksgiving dinner feels less like a feast and more like a game of hot potato. “Pass the stuffing!” “Throw me a roll!” “Hold your baby cousin!” It’s a little chaotic, a lot of fun, and the PERFECT opportunity to show off a festive Thanksgiving manicure! To whip up a great holiday design, we here at Nail Klub took a look back at one of our fave childhood crafts… hand turkeys! You remember, right? You and your kindergarten class would gather at the art table, trace your hand onto construction paper, then color the fingers like feathers and the thumb like a tiny turkey face. We’re adapting this super-cute craft of the past for your fashionable present with a playful DIY worth celebrating!
1) Paint each of your fingernails a different fall shade. Then, paint your thumbnail a warm brown.
2) Use a skinny brush (or even a toothpick, like we did) to draw feather-like patterns on each fingernail. Start by painting a stripe down the center of the nail you’re working on — then, draw short, diagonal strokes stemming from that center line.
3) Using a dotting tool (or that handy toothpick again), dab two drops of white polish to your thumb, creating eyes. Clean the white polish off your tool, then do the same thing with black, to give the eyes pupils. We put ours right in the center of our white dots, but feel free to play around and give your turkey a silly expression!
4) Pick up your dotting tool of choice one last time, and dip it into a small amount of orange or yellow polish. Use a gentle dabbing motion to create a horizontal line right below where your turkey’s eyes are — this will become the top of your beak. Put a little more polish on the tool, then starting at that top line, start adding more dabs of polish until you’ve created a beak shape you like.
+ Do you have any signature beauty looks that only come out on holidays? Super-sparkly polish? Tinsel headbands? Pine-green glitter shadow? Share your traditions in the comments!
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