CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Cold Winters Forest Night Nails

by - December 12, 2020

During the Halloween season, I always like to do these sorts of silhouetted skyline types of designs but I'd never really gone all in on one for Christmas, so I decided that this year had to be the year - and it didn't hurt that I'd just gotten my hands on the perfect stamping plate to fill out most of the design, in my opinion. This is definitely a more generally wintery design than a straight up Christmas design, but I like that - there are so many important holidays at this time of year that I really wanted to keep a lot of my designs from being full on Christmas. 

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So I basically wanted to go all in with blue for this mani because I wanted that real feeling of cold and crisp to come through and I think the best way to do that is with really cool blues - and the shimmer of holo doesn't hurt the iciness either. I decided to do a three shade gradient using Color Club linear holo polishes since they never seem to let me down when it comes to gradients and colour impact. I started with one coat of the lightest shade as my base and then used a makeup sponge to apply 3 coats of the gradient for a smooth blend a really full coverage. 

For the stamping, I started by applying a dotted falling snow image to all of my nails - again, just trying to amp up the iciness. Next, I really wanted to layer blue and black to give some real punch to the design because just black could get a little bit lost. For my first and accent nails, I used the same image and just layered them, with the top layer slightly offset so that the blue came off more like a shadow than its own image. For my middle and pinkie fingers, though, I wanted to add some depth to the forest design, so I used different images and placed them thoughtfully in order to create some real texture and depth even with such 2D images.

Once I was happy with all of my stamping, I sealed it in with a layer of Water Based Top Coat and then followed with a generous coat of quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - Blue Heaven
Color Club - Crystal Baller
Color Club - What A Gem
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind
Whats Up Nails - Jay For A Day
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
QUO Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Whats Up Nails B035 Icy Wonderland Stamping Plate
Nicole Diary L13 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

This is one of those times that the mani turned out basically exactly the way that I pictured it in my head - which actually doesn't happen as often as one might hope, although sometimes for the best. Anyway, you can't go wrong with a crisp blue winter's night gradient and some wintery stamping, can you? 

Be sure to check back every day up until Christmas Eve for more nail art designs and head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out my nail art videos! Also, click here to check out all of my 2020 Christmas nail art designs!

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