CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Blue Flakie Gradient Winter Wonderland Nails

by - December 14, 2020

Hey guys! I have to admit that I'm kind of obsessed with today's Christmas nail art design. It's basically directly up my alley and I just love it - although I feel like I've been saying that a lot over the course of this adventure in holiday nails. I really wanted to be mindful of varying the nail art designs that I did here (although, let's be honest, I'm always going to be mostly about stamping) and I realize that I've leaned a little bit heavily into snowflakes... but I just 'em and I think that they're perfect for this time of year regardless of which holidays you celebrate or don't celebrate. Anyway, I love how this turned out and I think it's definitely going to be a mani that stands out in my memory among the 25 I'm doing this year. 

Keep reading to see how I did it!

I really, really wanted to do a gorgeous and icy blue gradient for this mani but initially I wasn't really sure how the two gorgeous flakie polishes that I chose were going to perform as far as sponging them on because sometimes you get a little bit too much flakie and not enough base colour and it ends up a little funky. These two worked really well though and I ended up with a good balance of pigmentation and flakie components. I started with one coat of Polished for Days Echo as my base and then applied three layers of my gradient, being about 2/3 Echo and 1/3 Glam Polish Nalu on the sponge to get the opacity and blend that I was looking for. 

The stamping for this mani is just... so simple, but I feel like this is one of those images that you just can't go wrong with because it always looks gorgeous and could pretty much look beautiful over any base. As I tend to when I'm doing a mani with the same image on all of my nails, I alternated the direction that I stamped this image to give a little bit of visual interest that kept all the nail from looking the same. 

Once I had my stamping applied, I sealed it in with a layer of water based top coat and then followed with a quick dry glossy top coat for strength and shine and voila!

All Products Used
Polished For Days - Echo
Glam Polish - Nalu
Clear Jelly Stamper - 002 Jenny's Gonna Love This
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
QUO Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Beauty Big Bang XL-030 Stamping Plate
Beauty Big Bang Clear Stamper

Like I said, I'm so, so obsessed with how this turned out. I think the gradient gives a really nice shine and shift to the mani and, like a good design does, the pairing of the base and the stamping really implify each other. Highly, highly recommend this stamping plate, even if just for this image.

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today to check out more holiday themed nail art for this week's #CBBxManiMonday. And, of course, check back every day up until Christmas Eve for more Holiday/Winter themed nail art here on the blog and follow me over at @pblnails to check out all of my nail art videos!

Thanks for reading!

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