How to: Snowy Winter Nails!

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Happy holidays, everyone! Hope you are having a great holiday season wherever you are in the world. South Korea is quite literally freezing this winter (it was -15 Celsius yesterday), but I am still lovin’ this season! Reasons to love winter: Bundling up in cozy winter wear, sipping on hot tea while watching big, fat snowflakes falling outside, Christmas music blasting everywhere you go, festive house decor, and of course, playing around with cute winter nail designs. I have so many different ideas I want to try out, but in this post I’d like to share a random idea that I developed while rummaging through my nail polish collection.

Let’s get started on the Snowy Winter Nails tutorial!

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What you will need:

  • Nail polish (colors): Sky blue, white, gold glitter.
  • Nail polish (other): Base coat, quick dry solution, top coat (I used gel top coat)
    •  All are from TheFaceShop except for the sky blue polish and the top coat, which are from Etude House.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toothpick (Or a very thin nail art brush – I didn’t have one at this time)
  • Q-tips
  • Nail polish remover
  • Mini Post-it stickies

Step 1: Apply base coat, let dry.

Step 2: Apply two coats of the sky blue, let dry completely (in between coats as well).

winternails1Step 3: Drop a little glob of white nail polish on the aluminum foil, then dip the toothpick into the polish.

winternails3Step 4: Carefully dab on tiny polka dots with the toothpick onto nails, but leave one nail on each hand blank for later. Slow and steady is the key here. Rushing will result in big blotchy dots. I had to keep dipping the toothpick into the polish several times to keep the dots nice and round.

winternails4Step 5: Now for the snowy Christmas tree! On the nails you left blank in Step 4, stick on two mini Post-it stickies to make a triangle as pictured. Make sure the blue polish is completely dry before you stick these on. Once you’ve got them in position, apply two coats of white nail polish, letting it dry in between coats.

winternails6Step 6 (optional): Apply some quick dry solution to help speed up the process.

winternails5Step 7: Drop a glob of the gold glitter polish on the foil. Dip the other end of the toothpick into the glitter, then carefully dab a little star onto the top of the Christmas tree. Then slowly draw some stripes across the tree to create the tinsel. Tip – less is more. Trust me.

winternails7Step 8: While the gold glitter is drying, apply some dabs of the white nail polish onto the bottom of your thumbnail to create the look of snow built up on the ground. Weird fact: apparently this area is called the lunula! I just used the normal brush that comes attached in the nail polish. Dip Q-tips into nail polish remover and carefully erase the smudges around the nail.

winternails8Step 9: Once everything is dry, apply the top coat. I cannot stress enough how important it is to wait for all layers to dry completely. If the layer beneath the new one is still a bit wet, the nail will smudge as soon as you accidentally brush it past something! 😦

winternails-lastAnd there ya go! Cute, snowy winter nails perfect for a holiday party or just staying in with a lovely mug of hot chocolate. (Sorry about this photo – the lighting and reflection from the ceiling light makes the nails look messed up haha.) I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Happy Holidays, from Korea. 😉

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2 thoughts on “How to: Snowy Winter Nails!

  1. This is cute 😀
    Korea’s that cold? I wish it was that cold in Canada right now…I mean we are known for our winters…but it hasn’t been all that cold so far.

    ps love the background holiday set up~

    • Haha thanks. And yes, Korea can get this cold. Not everyday, though – usually it ranges from 10C to -10C haha. This past week was especially cold and it snowed twice 🙂 I love it!

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