Tutorial: Reindeer Rudolph

Hi everyone! Yesterday I showed you my Rudolph accent nail mani. And since a lot of you seem to enjoy all the Christmas tutorials each year, I thought I would show you how to make this cheeky Rudolph this time. Just follow along the steps below!

Start with a light basecolor and let it dry.

Tip: Use a shimmer polish for this step for a more festive look.
Take a brown polish and use its brush to paint a slightly slanted stroke from the middle of the nail to the tip. This will be the neck. Then add a little oval shape to the stroke for the head.

I made my Rudolph dark brown, but you could also go for a lighter brown or even an orange color.
In this step we're going to draw a pair of antlers. Use a striper polish or a small nail art brush to draw two lines coming out of the head. Then add a couple of small branches. See, it's already starting to look like a deer now!

I've opted for gold antlers to compliment the brown. But if you don't have gold, black or brown will do just as fine.
Now it's time for the details. Use a striper polish, nail art brush or a small dotting tool to add ears, eyes (don't forget the pupils) and his little tongue. And last but not least: give him a shiny rhinestone nose. If you don't have rhinestones at hand, you can replace it with a piece of glitter or just a dot of red polish.
Finally seal your design with a layer of topcoat and Rudolph is done!
Tip: To clean your nail art brush, pour a little bit of nail polish remover in a small dish or the cap of the bottle. Let your brush soak in it for a few seconds and dab it on a cotton pad for a couple of times. Repeat this until your brush is clean.

Check out the tutorial page for more useful tips. Also I would love to see your attempt on my design, so feel free to leave a link to your creation in the comment section!

The polishes I used in this post are Koh Crystall on top of China Glaze Snow, OPI Get in the Expresso Lane and a Janet striper polish in gold.


  1. Really cute! Gosh, how I love his little tongue!

  2. I Love It!! Will be trying this out tonight! Thanks for the tutorial!!!