Here are the Snowflake Nails I’ve been wearing for quite some time. Actually, I procrastinated quite a bit when it came to snapping photos, so all these photos you see are of my 4-day-old manicure.
Later in this post, I show you how to recreate it. This is one of the easiest looks that I’ve ever done, and even if you have a shaky hand like I do, it’ll turn out great. Precision isn’t required for this design!
*Plays trumpet* All the pictures (except the step-by-step tutorial photos) were taken with my new camera! *Jumps up and down*
They were the result of my first 10 minutes fiddling around with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR camera. Even though it was my first time using a Canon camera and my first time using a DSLR, I found it to be extremely user-friendly.
I still have to experiment with it some more because there are so many cool settings I must try out so I can get more creative. For now, though, I was pleased with how it performed…especially in dim natural light (which was my true test because my old Sony Cyber-shot always produced grainy photos in that setting). Also, shades of blue like this gave my old camera a really hard time. Seemed like it ain’t no thang for the Canon!
Snowflake Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy
- 1 coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer (white)
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer (silver glitter)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Snowflake Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Note: All of the below photos were taken with my old camera with the flash. See how the blue looks too bright? That’s not as accurate as my above photos.
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails the Base Colour
I chose to go with blue because it’s a colour that I associate with frosty weather. Also, it’s my first time trying out an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish! (You’ll remember me showing it off in my IMATS Toronto 2011 post.)
After painting your nails, wait about 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Mini Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy Review
OCC Pool Boy is a bright blue, but it’s not neon like the above photo would suggest. Please refer to the photos in the swatch section for accuracy.
The formula was extremely pigmented and thick, so even with a single coat, I got impressive coverage. I used 2 coats, however, to ensure that there were zero bald patches. (While I like bald men, I’m not a fan of bald patches on my nails. Yes, that was a bit random.)
Step 3: Make It Snow
I wanted to make my snowflakes go from the outer corner of my nail, so I used my white nail striper to create diagonal lines as shown below.
You may want to scatter the snowflakes all over your nails for a cute sprinkled effect. And consider making your snowflakes all different sizes. I think that’d make it look more interesting. Besides, every snowflake is supposed to be unique anyway, right? 😉
Step 4: Add More Lines
Just have fun adding more lines to the right and left of the diagonal ones you made.
Step 5: Add Little “V”s on the Tips
Step 6: Add More Small Lines
If you wanted to stop here, go ahead. I almost did, but I wanted my manicure to sparkle in the sun, so I continued with glitter.
Step 7: Add Silver Glitter
Here I used my silver-glitter nail striper to trace over some of the lines I made. Again, you could stop here, but I wanted to add glitter to the blue with another polish, so I continued.
Step 8: Add a Glitter Top Coat
Here I used China Glaze Fairy Dust, which is perfect for a glittery top coat. It doesn’t change the colour of your base polish, and the glitter isn’t too dense, so it won’t cover up your design.
It may look like pepper in this photo, but in person, it had a delicate sparkle.
Wait about 15-20 minutes before proceeding to the last step.
Step 9: Add a Top Coat
Hope that some of you will try out a frosty, winter-inspired manicure this season.
I have some other designs I’m itching to try. Actually, I’m pretty surprised that I haven’t done any Christmas nail art yet!
Has it snowed where you are yet? Do you like white Christmases, or do you prefer to be somewhere balmy on December 25th? Could you see a difference in my photos? (I’m still learning, so even if you don’t, I’m sure I’ll improve.)