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Wintery Snowflake Manicure

Carly Herbst's picture

With winter fast approaching, it seems like the right time to do a festive nail tutorial before the holidays get underway. This simple tutorial will show you how to create adorable snowflakes on your nails just in time for the cold weather.

First, get together the items you will need for this manicure. You will need at least one base polish and either a silver striping polish or a very thin paint brush and a silver nail polish. I chose to do only one accent nail of the snow flake, so I also added a polish that looked like falling snow—KBShimmer Snow Way— for the rest of my nails.

First, use your favorite base coat and then apply your base polish. I chose Essie's Butler Please from their new winter collection, which is a rich cobalt cream.  Wait for the polish to dry, about 10 minutes or so, before moving on to the next step.

Now take your silver striping polish and make an asterisk design. I prefer to do only three lines, starting one line on a diagonal from base of each nail and then a horizontal line in the middle.

This is how your snowflake should look. Try to get each line evenly spaced so you can add the details of the snowflake.

Now it's time to start your details. You're going to make a small line at a 45 degree angle at the top of each line so it forms a V shape. You can choose to either leave a bit of the line at the top or make the V shape at the very top. Try to keep these lines small so you can see that each belong to a separate part of the snowflake.

At this stage, this is how your snowflake should look. Just one more step to add a little detailing.

Now do the same V-type lines halfway between the middle where all the lines meet and at the end of each line (you don't need to do it on every line, just as many as you think looks right). Wait a few minutes for your polish to dry and add your favorite top coat and voila! Gorgeous snowflake on your nails. You can do this on every nail or just one nail for a little winter manicure accent.


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