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Nail Art Tutorial: Textured Snowman Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Textured Snowman Nails

02.18.14

By James

Whether it’s snowing or 80 degrees where you are, celebrate February with these textured snowman nails designed by The Polished Mommy. Check out the tutorial.

  • Step 1:

    Apply 2 coats of a pale blue polish, like Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams. Let dry.

    *Tip- If the polish is sheer, first apply one coat of a white polish, like Orly French Tip White Tips, then apply the blue (as shown).

    SLIDE 1 OF 12
  • Step 2:

    Paint the tips of your nails using a small flat art brush and white acrylic paint. Use downward strokes as you go across the nail; this will give an uneven "mound of snow" appearance.

    SLIDE 2 OF 12
  • Step 3:

    Once the acrylic paint has dried, apply 1-2 coats of a white textured polish. I used Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix. Let dry.

    SLIDE 3 OF 12
  • Step 4:

    Apply a mircofine shimmer, like Orly Twilight, all over the nail. The texture will soften some, but you will still have the effect.

    SLIDE 4 OF 12
  • Step 5:

    On your accent nail, create 3 circles. Use a very tiny dotting tool (like the one shown from the Bundle Monsterset) and white acrylic paint to make your snowman. Start with the largest circle at the tip of your nail, then place the next circle directly on the top center of the previous circle. Gradually make them smaller. Once all 3 circles are done, go back and adjust the sizes if needed.

    *Tip- Instead of drawing one continuous line, create tiny connecting dots. This helps keep lines straight and makes shapes easier to form.

    SLIDE 5 OF 12
  • Step 6:

     After the acrylic paint has dried, once again take your white textured polish and use the polish brush to go over each circle. Make sure to have a small amount on the brush; the thicker the snowman, the longer it will take to dry. 

    SLIDE 6 OF 12
  • Step 7:

    Again using the very tiny dotting tool, take black acrylic paint and create half of a rectangle, going vertical, directly above the snowman's head. Then create a skinny rectangle going horizontally, covering the very top half of the snowman's head.

    SLIDE 7 OF 12
  • Step 8:

    To create the dots, hold the tiny dotting tool perpendicular to the nail and gently touch the very tip of the tool where you want the eyes, mouth, and buttons to go.

    *Tip- Using the very tip of the tear-shaped dotting tool creates tiny dots and fine lines, using the side of it will create a small circle and slightly thicker lines.

    SLIDE 8 OF 12
  • Step 9:

    Using the same tool, place a dot of orange acrylic paint where you want the nose to go. Then drag the dot downward at an angle, as you slightly lift up with the tool. The nose should come to a point somewhere over the mouth.

    SLIDE 9 OF 12
  • Step 10:

    Again with the same dotting tool, use brown acrylic paint to create two lines towards the top of the middle circle going up at a diagonal. Then add two small branches coming off the ends. The lines should be uneven and vary in thickness.

    SLIDE 10 OF 12
  • Step 11:

    Finish off the look by adding a pop of color to the hat. Take the same dotting tool and your color of choice (I used red acrylic paint), and create a horizontal line in the center of the hat. No top coat needed. 

    SLIDE 11 OF 12
  • Get to know Francine better in our Q&A with her here.

    See the Polished Mommy blog: http://www.thepolishedmommy.com/
    Instagram: @thepolishedmommy
    Twitter: @polishedmommy
    Facebook: facebook.com/thepolishedmommy

    [Courtesy of Francine Brandow]

    SLIDE 12 OF 12
  • Step 1:

    Apply 2 coats of a pale blue polish, like Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams. Let dry.

    *Tip- If the polish is sheer, first apply one coat of a white polish, like Orly French Tip White Tips, then apply the blue (as shown).

  • Step 2:

    Paint the tips of your nails using a small flat art brush and white acrylic paint. Use downward strokes as you go across the nail; this will give an uneven "mound of snow" appearance.

  • Step 3:

    Once the acrylic paint has dried, apply 1-2 coats of a white textured polish. I used Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix. Let dry.

  • Step 4:

    Apply a mircofine shimmer, like Orly Twilight, all over the nail. The texture will soften some, but you will still have the effect.

  • Step 5:

    On your accent nail, create 3 circles. Use a very tiny dotting tool (like the one shown from the Bundle Monsterset) and white acrylic paint to make your snowman. Start with the largest circle at the tip of your nail, then place the next circle directly on the top center of the previous circle. Gradually make them smaller. Once all 3 circles are done, go back and adjust the sizes if needed.

    *Tip- Instead of drawing one continuous line, create tiny connecting dots. This helps keep lines straight and makes shapes easier to form.

  • Step 6:

     After the acrylic paint has dried, once again take your white textured polish and use the polish brush to go over each circle. Make sure to have a small amount on the brush; the thicker the snowman, the longer it will take to dry. 

  • Step 7:

    Again using the very tiny dotting tool, take black acrylic paint and create half of a rectangle, going vertical, directly above the snowman's head. Then create a skinny rectangle going horizontally, covering the very top half of the snowman's head.

  • Step 8:

    To create the dots, hold the tiny dotting tool perpendicular to the nail and gently touch the very tip of the tool where you want the eyes, mouth, and buttons to go.

    *Tip- Using the very tip of the tear-shaped dotting tool creates tiny dots and fine lines, using the side of it will create a small circle and slightly thicker lines.

  • Step 9:

    Using the same tool, place a dot of orange acrylic paint where you want the nose to go. Then drag the dot downward at an angle, as you slightly lift up with the tool. The nose should come to a point somewhere over the mouth.

  • Step 10:

    Again with the same dotting tool, use brown acrylic paint to create two lines towards the top of the middle circle going up at a diagonal. Then add two small branches coming off the ends. The lines should be uneven and vary in thickness.

  • Step 11:

    Finish off the look by adding a pop of color to the hat. Take the same dotting tool and your color of choice (I used red acrylic paint), and create a horizontal line in the center of the hat. No top coat needed. 

  • Get to know Francine better in our Q&A with her here.

    See the Polished Mommy blog: http://www.thepolishedmommy.com/
    Instagram: @thepolishedmommy
    Twitter: @polishedmommy
    Facebook: facebook.com/thepolishedmommy

    [Courtesy of Francine Brandow]

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