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Nail Art Tutorial: One-Of-A-Kind Snowflake Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: One-Of-A-Kind Snowflake Nails

12.17.13

By niwp_admin
  • Introduction

    Spend your snow days warm and inside with a bottle of polish. Francine Brandow of The Polished Mommy shows us step-by-step how to add these snowflakes to your designs -- so that no two nails look alike!

    SLIDE 1 OF 7
  • Step 1

    Base:
    1. After applying a base coat, apply one coat of the deep navy polish Pure Ice Party Hard.
    2. Let the base color dry to the touch. Using a piece of a natural sea sponge, lightly sponge on a pale blue, like Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams, from the tip to the middle of the nail. You don't want the color to be too opaque, so bare spots are fine. Let it dry for a minute or two. 
    3. Using the same section of the sponge, sponge on a white polish, like Orly French Tip White Tips from the tip to just below the line of pale blue. 

    Once the polish is dry to the touch, apply a microfine shimmer/glitter, like Orly Twilight. Let this completely dry.

    *note- vary the position of the large snowflakes on each nail to make them appear random.

    SLIDE 2 OF 7
  • Step 2

    Snowflake Variation 1:
    1. With a striping brush and white acrylic paint, make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. On one of the diagonal lines, create small V's at the base, middle and tip.
    3. Repeat step 2 on each diagonal line.
    4. Create a small V on each end of the vertical line, then put a tiny line in the center of the V. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

    *Tip- Acrylic paint is not only easier to work with and opaque in one coat, but if you make a mistake simply take a damp paper towel and wipe it away. Base color must be dry though!

    SLIDE 3 OF 7
  • Step 3

    Snowflake Variation 2:
    1. Make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. Create a small dot on the end of each line.
    3. Create a small V in the center of each diagonal line.
    4. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

    SLIDE 4 OF 7
  • Step 4

    Snowflake Variation 3:
    1. Make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. Create an upside down V in the center of each diagonal line.
    3. Next, create a small V on the end of each line, then put a tiny line in the center of the V.
    4. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

    SLIDE 5 OF 7
  • Step 5

    Let the acrylic paint fully dry. Then, apply a microfine silver glitter, like Pure Ice Beeware, to each snowflake. Leave some lines plain white to add contrast.

    SLIDE 6 OF 7
  • Step 6

    Apply top coat. When the polish is dry, put a small dot of nail glue in the center of the snowflake and place a tiny rhinestone on top.

     

    [Courtesy of Francine Brandow]

    SLIDE 7 OF 7
  • Introduction

    Spend your snow days warm and inside with a bottle of polish. Francine Brandow of The Polished Mommy shows us step-by-step how to add these snowflakes to your designs -- so that no two nails look alike!

  • Step 1

    Base:
    1. After applying a base coat, apply one coat of the deep navy polish Pure Ice Party Hard.
    2. Let the base color dry to the touch. Using a piece of a natural sea sponge, lightly sponge on a pale blue, like Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams, from the tip to the middle of the nail. You don't want the color to be too opaque, so bare spots are fine. Let it dry for a minute or two. 
    3. Using the same section of the sponge, sponge on a white polish, like Orly French Tip White Tips from the tip to just below the line of pale blue. 

    Once the polish is dry to the touch, apply a microfine shimmer/glitter, like Orly Twilight. Let this completely dry.

    *note- vary the position of the large snowflakes on each nail to make them appear random.

  • Step 2

    Snowflake Variation 1:
    1. With a striping brush and white acrylic paint, make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. On one of the diagonal lines, create small V's at the base, middle and tip.
    3. Repeat step 2 on each diagonal line.
    4. Create a small V on each end of the vertical line, then put a tiny line in the center of the V. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

    *Tip- Acrylic paint is not only easier to work with and opaque in one coat, but if you make a mistake simply take a damp paper towel and wipe it away. Base color must be dry though!

  • Step 3

    Snowflake Variation 2:
    1. Make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. Create a small dot on the end of each line.
    3. Create a small V in the center of each diagonal line.
    4. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

  • Step 4

    Snowflake Variation 3:
    1. Make a large X with a line through the center.
    2. Create an upside down V in the center of each diagonal line.
    3. Next, create a small V on the end of each line, then put a tiny line in the center of the V.
    4. Finish off the nail by placing random snowflakes around the outline of the nail and random "blob" snowflakes to fill any empty spaces.

  • Step 5

    Let the acrylic paint fully dry. Then, apply a microfine silver glitter, like Pure Ice Beeware, to each snowflake. Leave some lines plain white to add contrast.

  • Step 6

    Apply top coat. When the polish is dry, put a small dot of nail glue in the center of the snowflake and place a tiny rhinestone on top.

     

    [Courtesy of Francine Brandow]

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