CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Blue & White Scattered Snowflake Gradient Nails

by - December 17, 2021

I tried not to do today's mani... I really, really did, but in the end I couldn't seem to help myself so I made a few adjustments so that it wasn't a bang on repeat of last year's Black & White Holo Snowflake French Mani. I mean, it still pretty much is pretty much the same, but I feel like this design has sort of become a signature for me at this point so I don't mind recreating it with slight tweaks every so often. Also, I will admit, it's pretty much always a crowd pleaser. So without further ado...

Keep reading to check out how I put this mani together!

Of course I had to start with the polish that started it all - OPI's Robots Are Forever. I'm trying to conserve my bottle, since it's impossible to find a backup at this point, but I obviously had to bust it out for this mani. I applied one coat to all of my nails and let that dry down before moving onto the gradient tip. For this year's version of this design, I knew I wanted to do blue and white snowflakes, so I decided to go for a really frosty blue holo tip. It does end up being pretty subtle in the final product, but in a way that I personally really think works. To do this technique, I applied a strip of the blue polish to a makeup sponge and then added a strip of clear polish just below it and then pounced that onto the nail. The clear polish helps to blend out the tip color and create a smooth gradient on top of that base colour. For this mani, I did two passes of the sponging to get the opacity and blend that I was looking for. 

For my stamping, I went with the same design and stamping plate as last year. The Nicole Diary 120 plate (which I have already raved about a few times this holiday season) works great for this because you have similarly sized but distinctly different snowflakes near each other, so you can easily pick up a couple of apply them without having to do a second pass. I started by applying 2-3 snowflakes in white stamping polish and then followed by applying 2-3 snowflakes in blue at an opposing angle. It really is as simple as that.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed it in using a nail art top coat and then followed with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
OPI - Robots Are Forever
Color Club - Blue Heaven
Maniology - Bam, White!
KADS - 017 Deongaree
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Nicole Diary 120 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I have to say, I just really continue to love this design and I can absolutely see myself continuing to reach for versions of this in the future. It's just... so versatile! I think this layered snowflake version will probably always be my favorite though - and I can definitely see myself trying different color combos of it in the future! I definitely highly recommend trying it out. Any sheer base polish will do, I think, and it works really brilliantly if you layer it with a flakie for that texture and shine.

Be sure to keep checking back here on the blog every day in December up until Christmas Eve for more holiday and winter themed nail art designs. Also, if you haven't followed me over at @pblnails yet, be sure to head over there to check out video tutorials of all of my nail art designs!

Thanks for reading!

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