Today I will show you a little nail art tutorial I named Wintersnow, because it’s perfect for the winter season. Which in my case, matches the Christmas season, but if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you can sure use this during your winter as well, because it doesn’t really relate to Christmas.
My Nail Treasure Chest These are the two boxes where I keep most of my stuff for nails. From here, I will pick out the materials I need.
- 2 light baby blue nail polishes in different shades
- 1 light pale pink nail polish
- 1 white nail polish
- red nail polish or nail art pen*
- black nail polish or nail art pen*
- optional: dotting tool and self-cut brush* if you use nail polish instead of nail art pens, you will need a toothpick
Tip Having a nail wheel where you show all the colours in your collection can be very useful when it comes to choose the perfect shade! I needed two light baby blues, so, I could easily see with the wheel what the contrast between the two would be! I give a number to each colour, and write it on the wheel and on the polish, so I can easily find the bottle!
Step 01 Start by painting with the lightest baby blue, using about two or three layers, until the colour is evenly spread.
Step 02 The second light blue comes in the upper half. You don’t have to paint a straight line dividing both blues, an uneven line may look more natural.
Step 03 Use thw pale pink to the lower half — it does not have to be evenly spread out, because it’s supposed to look like snow!
Step 04 With the white, create three circles. The top circle can have the diameter of the brush, and the lower ones a bit bigger.
Step 05 While the snow man’s body is drying, you can proceed to repeat Step 01 with the rest of your nails.
Step 06 I’ll show you two different alternatives that you can use. You can choose to do one, use both, go for a plain colour, or come up with something yourself! But painting the snowman on all nails would seem rather heavy and not so cute.
Anyways, for one nail, paint a layer with the darker baby blue, and in the other one, a layer of the pale pink.
Step 07 In the completely baby blue nail, we will use the dotting tool to create bigger dots. It’s good to follow a pattern, it makes it look cute! Besides, dots are already cute by themselves, and in this context, they look like snow falling down.
* In case you don’t have a dotting tool, you can use a Q-tip, but make sure you make them all in similar sizes, since the Q-tip can give different sizes depending on the pressure.
Step 08 Since we are painting dots, use a smaller tip to create snow on the main nail as well. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Here, the dots can have different sizes, since we are working with more perspective on this nail.
* If you don’t have a dotting tool, you can use a little wooden stick or old pen tip that doesn’t work any more to use as dotting tool! These are just ideas, but you can look around and find small, circle-shaped things that can help! In the last case, you can very softly use the tip of your nail polish brush.
Step 09 For the pale pink nail, I’ve used a self-cut nail polish brush. I cut it in diagonal, to give the effect I want. I took this brush from an old, empty, transparent nail polish bottle. I washed the brush (even if it was transparent, it’s good to clean it!) and I cut it will small scissors – actually, with nail cutting scissors! I have two pairs of nail scissors, one for my nails (which is newer) and the old one, that I use to cut nail-related things.
* If you don’t want to cut a brush, you can always try out the design with a normal, thin brush or a toothpick!
Step 10 The snowman should be dry now – use the nail art pen to paint a hat, eyes and buttons on the snowman!
* If you don’t have a nail art pen, you can do the same procedure with a toothpick.
Step 11 Now, use red for the scarf! Red will be nice, since it’s going to create a little contrast, but you can practically use any colour you want. I did the tiny scarf with small dots, to give a striped-scarf impression.
* You can follow this same procedure with a toothpick.
Step 12 I also added a funny mouth, which could also be a nose. And after waiting for it to dry, seal it with topcoat. After everything is dry, we’ve finished our Wintersnow nails.
To cover five nails, you can do the snowman on one, the star on another, and the rest with dots (inverse the colours if you like!). But this is just an idea, remember to let your own creativity fly and wear your nails the way you like it most.