CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Snowy Blue & White Santa Claus Nails

by - December 19, 2023

I have to admit, today's mani was a bit of a saga to put together. Not because of any of the products or anything like that, but because I went into it without a clear plan and it sort of went off the rails in the middle, but I think I saved it in the end. Moral of the story - have a plan. In the end, I'm really happy with how this mani turned out and how adorable my little Santa ended up being.

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As soon as I tried Hero Below Zero* from the new Whats Up Nails Too Cold For School Collection, I knew that I would be using it as a base for a holiday mani. It's just the perfect twinkly blue that makes me think of a crisp, cold winter day with a clear sky and a fresh layer of snow. I also just knew it would look great with the Santa image and really pop that red and white.

To start, I applied 3 coats of Hero Below Zero to all of my nails and let that dry while I worked on the reverse stamped Santa decal.

Now, this is the point where my lack of preparation led to a bit of a saga. I knew that for my outer nails I wanted to apply the snow image at the tips - which I did, using white stamping polish. And I knew that I wanted Santa for my ring finger, which I also did. Once the decal was dry to the touch, I applied a thin layer of sticky base coat to my nail and let it dry down until it was tacky before transferring the decal straight from the stamper to the nail. And then came the middle nail. Initially I had planned on applying a candy cane image to bring in some more red, but it just didn't work the way I was hoping it would, so I ended up abandoning that idea. I went back and forth on several different things before I settled on snowflakes and text. Admittedly, I think it maybe could have come together a little better, but I was happy with the design upon completing it.

Once I was happy with the design, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of glossy top coat. 

All Products Used
Whats Up Nails - Hero Below Zero*
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir*
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind*
Whats Up Nails - Go For Gild
Pueen - 819 Ballerina*
Sally Hansen - Grease Lightning
OPI - Alpine Snow
OPI - A Kiss On The Chic*
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber Top Coat
Whats Up Nails Gloss Over Top Coat*
Whats Up Nails B022 Winter Time Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails B050 Count On Me! Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails B065 Winter Flurryland Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper & Scraper* Dotting Tool*
Melody Susie 5mm Nail Art Brush*

* = PR Sample Affiliate Code TRYSH for 10% off your first order. 

I mean - I honestly can't get over how adorable this Santa image is. It's just SO CUTE and is honestly sort of the perfect size for my nail length, which is a bit of a Christmas miracle if we're being honest. Also, I sort of really, really want to just do a full mani of the snowy design on the outer nails because I think it would be fabulous!

Check back every weekday in December for new Holiday/Christmas themed nails and be sure to head over to @pblnails for video tutorials for every single one of the designs I post here. And who knows, maybe some bonus mani's as well!

Thanks for reading!

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