With Christmas less than two weeks away I thought I’d get myself into the holiday spirit a little by giving myself a festive mani. I popped out my barely used stamping set and set out to find the perfect plates. This blue snowflake holiday inspired look is what I came up with.
- Seche Vite Top Coat
- Seche Vite Base Coat
- Julep Nail Color: Lacey (Dark Jewel Toned Blue)
- Sally Hansen Salon Complete Manicure: Gray by Gray (Blue-ish Gray)
- Sinful Colors: Snow Me White (White)
- Essie Luxeffects: Pure Pearlfection (Micro Glitter Top Coat)
- Stamper and plates M59 and M69
Before I get into the actual steps of this manicure, I want to mention that I did not use the Konad stamping set, I used a set by Salon Designs set, found on Amazon. This set cost me $12.95 and I received 30 stamping plates. All plates are duplicates of the Konad plates, but at a fraction of the cost. Konad plates run anywhere from $4-$8 a piece. If you want to get into nail stamping, but don’t want to invest in expensive plates, I highly suggest checking this set out.
Onto the manicure. I started out with my base coat and applied Julep Lacey as my main color, but any dark blue will do. After letting my base color dry completely, I applied my first set of snowflakes in Sally Hansen’s Gray by Gray. I chose this color because I wanted my background snowflakes to be subtle, however you can go with any shade of blue, as long as it is lighter than your base color. I chose two different snowflakes for this design and alternated my snowflake designs and placement on each nail to get a true falling snow look.
After the light blue snowflakes dried, I moved on to the white. I applied the white snowflakes in the same alternating pattern and overlapping the light blue snowflakes. On some of my larger nails I added two, or put pieces of snowflakes in the corners of my nails. Any excess polish that may have gotten on my skin I cleaned off with a nail art brush dipped in acetone.
I applied Essie Pure Pearlfection over my dried manicure to add shimmer to my falling snowflakes. Remember, it is important to completely dry your manicure before putting a top coat of any kind. If your nail art is not completely dry, you run the risk of streaking it by putting a top coat on too early. I’ve done this before and its extremely frustrating . As always, I finished up my design with Seche Vite Top Coat.
Have you tried nail stamping? What do you think of my design? I love reading your answers, let me know in the comments down below!
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