CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Layered Flakie Jelly Snowflake Nails

by - December 02, 2020

I've always really, really loved the look of stamping layered between coats of a jelly polish and I particularly like the way it looks with snowflake designs, so I knew that was one of the manis that I wanted to do for this holiday nail art marathon I've gotten myself into. I don't actually own a lot of jelly polishes, but as soon as the idea came to me I knew exactly what polish I wanted to use from my collection for this mani. Honestly, I think this is a design that packs an incredible amount of impact and interest while ultimately being pretty easy to accomplish, which is always a huge plus in my book.

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Like I said, I knew exactly what polish I wanted to use for this mani and it's Cirque Colors' Cool Blast. This polish is described as a light lilac-blue jelly with dazzling iridescent flakes and... that description tells no lies. It's so gorgeous and I think this formula was perfect for this technique because it applies really smoothly and evenly, which is extra necessary since we are making use of its sheerness for this mani. I started with two coats as my base, which wasn't completely opaque but had enough coverage to sort of blur my visible nail line. 

For my stamping, I used the WhatsUpNails B035 Icy Wonderland Stamping Plate because it has exactly the images that work for this design. Once my base was dry and I had applied cuticle barrier, I went in with the full coverage image of the smaller snowflakes, alternating the direction of the image for each nail. Once I had applied the image to all of my nails, I gave the stamping a few minutes to dry before going in with a thin, even coat of my base polish over the stamping. This gives that white stamping a perfectly matched blue hue and pushes it back a little bit visually. Once that coat had dried, I went in with the image of the three larger snowflakes, applying the full image to my two middle nails, one flake to my pinkie, and two to my pointer finger. 

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

All Products Used
Cirque Colors - Cool Blast
Clear Jelly Stamper - Jenny's Gonna Love This
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
Quo Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
What's Up Nails B035 Icy Wonderland Stamping Plate
What's Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I really love how this design turned out - and I think this really was the perfect base polish to do it with. It has the perfect formula for this jelly sandwich stamping sort of design and I really love the tone of the blue and the addition of the shifty, pink leaning iridescent flakes. I just love it - and honestly, it's such an incredible pay off for a pretty easy technique, highly recommend.

Thanks so much for reading and check back tomorrow and every day up until Christmas Eve for more Holiday/Winter themed nail art designs! 

Also, be sure to head over and follow me at @pblnails on Instagram to keep up with all of my nail art as well as my tutorial videos!

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