With Christmas just around the corner (woo hoo) it’s feeling very much like winter here in Sunny Scotland, so I thought it was time to get in the winter spirit and do some Snowflake Christmas Nails. You won’t believe how easy this design is. They would be the perfect winter wedding nails with super cute little snowmen and snowflakes. Not going to a wedding? No problem, why not Christmas up your nails anyway!
I have used gel polish to create my winter wedding nails, but you can use normal nail polish as well. I am totally addicted to gel nails and do them at home. They are really easy to do and last for weeks without chipping or smudging (I could never sit still long enough for regular polish to dry). I’ll do a wee tutorial on how to do your own gel nails at home soon.
Here is what you need for these awesome snowflake winter wedding nails:
- Nail Buffer
(if using gel polish)
- Base Coat – I used Bluesky Base Coat
- Nail Colour – I used Bluesky Shellac 40508, but you can use any colour you fancy
- Clear Glitter Polish – I used Bluesky Gelish 1358 which I love and use all the time!
- Top Coat – I used Bluesky Top Coat
- Nail Decals / Transfers – I used cute little snowmen/ snowflake ones which I got from eBay.
- A small bowl of lukewarm water – for your transfers
- Tweezers and Scissors
- Nail Polish Remover/ Acetone– If using gel polish
- Lint free nail wipes – If using gel polish
Wee Note: If using gel, make sure to cure your polish under your lamp between each coat. Usually this is for around 2 mins for UV lamps and 30 secs – 1 min for a LED lamp. If you are using normal polish just let it dry before each coat. I use this LED lamp.
How to create your gorgeous winter wedding nails:
Step 1 – Prep
Step 2 – Base Coat
Apply a thin base coat to your nails and cure under your gel lamp.
Step 3 – Add Colour
Pop on two thin coats (or more if needed to get the perfect colour) of your nail colour.
Make sure to cure your polish (or let it dry if not using gel) between coats.
You can use any colour you like for this stage. I love darker colours for this as it’s an awesome contrast to the white transfers, but this also works really well over a french manicure.
Step 4 – Prep Your Transfers
Remove the top film from your transfers, cut them out and dip them into you bowl of lukewarm water.
Leave them for around 10 sec until they slide easily off the backing paper.
Step 5 – Apply Transfers
Fish them out of the water using your tweezers and position your super cute transfers on your nails where ever you think they look best.
I used mainly snowflakes, but popped a little snowman on each of my thumbs and added a few little snowflakes around him.
If you are using gel, it should still be tacky and will hold your transfers in place for you. If using normal nail polish, you may need to wet your nails first to help your transfers stick on.
Step 6 – Glitter!
Cover your transfers with a coat of clear glitter polish. You can add more coats if you want more sparkle (you can never have too much glitter). Cure you polish under your lamp.
Step 7 – Top Coat
Seal it all in with a thin coat of your top coat and cure it under your lamp.
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Step 8 – Finishing touches (not needed if you are not using gel)
Wee Note: If using nail polish remover, make sure it contains acetone.
That’s you all done! You should now have super awesome winter wedding nails. Yay!
Have you tried this out? Or do you have any other winter wedding nail ideas? Let me know in the comments. 🙂