16 December 2012

Snowflake Nails Tutorial

Today I'm happy to post the second of the Christmas nail art tutorials that recently appeared on Sassy Hong Kong. This is a slightly less intricate version of the snowflake nail art that I posted a little while back. I still think it's really cute, though, and a great tutorial for beginners.

snowflake nails

Step-by-step, with pictures, after the break!

As always, start with your base coat, then apply your background colour. I used China Glaze Sea Spray again, because I love how dusty, blue hue looks like a wintery sky, but royal blue or red also looks great with this design. As an optional step I've also added a light glitter polish (Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond) for a little hint of icy sparkle in the air.

Once your background is dry, use a white striper polish (or a thin art brush and polish or acrylic paint) to paint a plus sign (+) off centre, on 1/4 to 1/3 of your nail.

snowflake tutorial

Add a smaller "x" of white across the middle of the plus sign.

snowflake tutorial

With a dotting tool (or the end of a bent bobby pin, etc.), make 4 dots of white on the ends of the plus sign.

snowflake tutorial

Add a few random, smaller dots around your snowflake.

snowflake tutorial

Repeat these steps on your other nails, varying the placement of your snowflakes. Let dry, add your top coat, and voila! Easy snowflake nail art for the holidays!

snowflake nail art

32 comments:

  1. These are simple and sweet snowflakes. I love them!

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  2. love your snowflake nail art! it's super cute, and i love that it's not over done (:

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  3. That turned out really well! Those snowflakes have a bit of retro flavour to them-- love it!

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    1. I hadn't noticed, but yeah, they kinda do! Thank you, Lindsey!! ^_^

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  4. Every pretty! Thanks for a tutorial :)

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    1. You're more than welcome--and thank you!! =)

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  5. Am I the only one who looked at the pic of the first step in the tutorial and thought it was all done with a nice Star of Bethlehem feel? I loved that :)

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    1. I noticed it while I was doing them, Peter! Strictly coincidental, but I admit I liked it too. Thank you very much! (^_-)

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  6. it's lovely! i will certainly try it!

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    1. Go for it, shine eye--and thanks!! :o)

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  7. It looks fantastic for so simple a design :) But can you believe I'm not sure to be able to freehand any steady line? :'(

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    1. Thank you!! A striper polish really makes it easier, especially with a line this short (it's sooo short in 'real life' ;p). Might be a little trickier with a paintbrush if you're not used to using them, but for me, once I gave it a shot, it wasn't as hard as it seemed.

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  8. Awesome snowflakes and thanks for the tutorial :)

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  9. these look great - thanks for the tutorial :)

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  10. Thanks for the tutorial, the nails are gorgeous but the step by step instructions make me think I might even be able to try this!

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    1. Thank you, Craftgirl! I specifically wrote this out for people who haven't done much nail art. If you can do a little line and a dot, the rest is just more of the same. Go for it, and good luck!! =)

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  11. awesome, thanks for the tut :D
    love sea spray <3

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    1. Thank you very much! Sea Spray is definitely one of my all-time favourites. I thought about using a different colour, since my last snowflakes used it too, but I just love it too much! ;p

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  12. Thank you for sharing this! I will have to try it!

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