We have had quite the accumulation of snow ever since Christmas Eve. It’s been cold and we just keep getting hit with storm after storm. So in honor of the all the snow outside, I decided to do a snowflake manicure. Here’s how . . .
Step 1: Prep Nails
View my post on Nail Polish Prep.
Step 2: Paint Color onto Nails
Paint the thumb, index and pinky nails with two coats of blue polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cerulean Sea. Paint the middle finger nail with two coats white polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cream Puff . Paint ONE thin coat of top coat on your ring finger.
Step 3: Glitter Nail
When the ring finger polish is still tacky, but not wet. Sprinkle with fine silver colored craft glitter. I used Martha Stewart craft glitter, called white gold. Push glitter into tacky surface of polish and tap off the excess glitter, just as I did here in my I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus post. Paint with a top coat to seal in the glitter.
Step 4: Snowflakes & Polka-Dots
On the middle fingers, I began by painting an asterisk shape using extra thin lines.
I then painted two lines, kind of a right angle, to connect each long line, this created the “star” shape in the center.
In the center of each long line, paint lines that remind me of the back of an arrow (I’m not sure how else to explain these lines). After you do those lines, add a dot of paint on the end of each line.
Note: When hand painting images on your nails use acrylic craft paints, not polish. You will get crisper lines and much more “pop” than you would with polish. Some polishes can sometimes dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.
Step 5: Rhinestone Jewels & Final Top Coat
Apply a health top coat to all the nails. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing. While top coat is very wet gently push the jewel into the top coat in the center of the snowflakes. This will create the jewel to be sealed into the top coat layer.
Step 6: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil
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