CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Cool Blue Snowy Christmas Nails

by - December 08, 2021

When it comes to the colors that I personally associate with the holiday season, one of my personal favorites is blue, so there was of course going to be a healthy dose of blue popping up in my holiday nails this year. That's actually what inspired me to buy the polish that I used as the base color for this mani. By which I clearly mean... that was the excuse I used to justify the purchase. I mean... can you blame me? Anyway, I decided to keep it simple and snowy with this one. 

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Described as a muted midnight blue, ILNP's Better Days contains an absolutely gorgeous pairing of holo microflakes with gold microflakes to create a really beautiful, subtle texture that packs a really lovely punch. In the context of this mani, the density and irregularity of those flakes really helps to create a sort of nighttime blizzard effect on the nails, which I think is perfect for this season and design. Honestly, I wish the photos were doing justice to this polish, because in person it's just a stunner... but softly. Know what I mean?

For the base for this mani, I applied two coats of Better Days to all of my nails and let them dry down completely. 

Because I really wanted to lean into the snowstorm sort of vibe of the base polish and even amp it up, I started by applying a full coverage spotted snowfall image to all of my nails in a really pale, slightly ashy pastel blue polish. The stamping plate I used for this mani has a lot of images with this small dotted motif and I felt pretty confident that they would work really well with this base overall. For my pinkie and thumb, I applied a snowflake image that... admittedly kind of got lost in the sauce, but does add a little bit of texture there. For the ring finger, I went with this present image, for the middle finger I went with this ornament dissolving into evergreens image, and finally for my first finger I applied this small spotted bow image. 

Once I was finished with my stamping, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
ILNP - Better Days
Maniology - Bam White!
KADS - 003 Light Blue
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce Top Coat
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
KADS Christmas 019 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I really love how the simple pairing of this sort of denim blue with the crisp white stamping turned out for this mani. It's a little bit simple and a little bit soft, but still packs some impact overall. I love that! I must say I also really love the spottiness of these stamping images because it takes what is a really simple image and makes it unique and unto itself, while also giving it a texture that meshes well with a sparkly base. Love!

Be sure to keep checking back here on the blog every day in December up until Christmas Eve for more holiday themed nail art and head over to @pblnails for video tutorials of all of the nail designs I post here on the blog!

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