If you want to try snowflake nail art but don’t know where to start, stay where you are. Because with Christmas fast approaching, there’s no better time than the present to enjoy fun and festive design at your fingertips.
No festive beauty look is complete without Christmas nail designs, and snowflake nail art is a stylish take on the usual sparkly holiday manicure. “A snowflake manicure is a perfect way to achieve a festive look without going overboard,” confirms nail artist Sophie Louise Martin. “You can go as classic or as abstract as you want, from delicate hand-painted flakes to speckled dots that reflect falling snow.”
For those who already know how to paint their nails like a pro, why not step up your manicure at home with a snowy scene? Or, if you’d rather leave your nails to the professionals, take a screenshot of your favorite snowflake design and take it with you on your next appointment.
After all, what better way to complete your Christmas makeup and Christmas hairstyles than with a fabulously festive snowy design? Put on your best Christmas party dress, maybe some Christmas hair accessories and you’ll be golden. Everyone knows that more is more at this time of year.
Snowflake Nail Art Designs and Ideas
1. French Snowflake Nail Art
Spruce up a classic French manicure for winter with carefully drawn snowflakes. To save time (and reserves of patience) limit the snowflakes to one or two nails.
2. Black and White Snowflake Nail Art
For a sophisticated twist on the classic snowflake design, try painting white snowflakes on a black or navy berry base. The contrast of moody winter polish will help bring out those snowflakes.
3. Subtle Snowflake Nail Art
Intricate snowflakes painted on a neutral base look delicate and chic. Well-groomed nails are a must for this look, so get into a good nail care routine and then dial things up with the luxe accents.
4. Double French and Snowflake Nail Art
Double French manicure and snowflake nail art are a heavenly marriage. Take inspiration from nail artist lolo.nailedit who used CND polish in high waisted jeans and white buttons.
5. Metallic Snowflake Nail Art
Turn on full party mode with snowflakes painted on mixed metals topped with a sprinkle of glitter. It would be as fabulous in a cozy pub as around the Christmas table.
6. Gold Glitter Snowflake Nail Art
Sparkles are a must for the holiday season. If you’re not a fan of shimmery eyeshadow, apply glitter to your nails instead. Gold works especially well with white snowflakes.
7. Glitter Snowflake Nail Art
If you’re looking for a less literal version of snowflake nail art, try applying silver glitter over a dark base to recreate a midnight snowy scene. This is one of the easiest looks to pull off at home, and it always looks utterly fabulous.
8. Striped Snowflake Nail Art
Subtly festive, this is snowflake nail art for people who think they don’t like nail art. The neutral base and dark green snowflake embellished stripe look really cool and will go with your best Christmas sweater.
9. Gray Snowflake Nail Art
Gray is a great nail color choice all year round if bright, colorful shades aren’t really your thing. To make it wintery, try adding glitter and delicate white snowflakes.
10. Snow and Silver Speckled Nail Art
Create a shimmering scene by using a very fine brush to paint silver speckled snow dots and intricate snowflakes onto jelly pink nails. For full festive notes, why not add silver tips as well?
11. Simple Snowflakes
For a clean nail art design, opt for white snowflakes on a neutral pink base and finish with a glossy top coat. Better yet, try using snowflake nail stickers instead of hand painting them.
12. Gold Foil Snowflake Nail Art
Get the Midas touch and be inspired by these beautiful golden snowflakes. You will need acrylic nails to achieve this super long and vampy shape. We therefore advise you to reserve this look for professionals.
13. Green Snowflake Nail Art
Dark forest green is the perfect color choice for a Scandi-Christmas winter woodland vibe. Top it off with white snowflakes and a shimmer wash to add some extra pizzazz.
14. Pink Snowflake Nail Art
Not a fan of traditional festive colors? Instead, opt for neon colors or a touch of pink, it will bring a funky and modern touch to the festive nails and help you stand out in the crowd.
What is a snowflake manicure?
“A snowflake manicure is exactly what it sounds like and surprisingly isn’t as complicated as it looks,” advises Sophie. It consists of small intricate snowflakes painted on a neutral or deep base. The finished look can vary from delicate flakes with a flurry of snow, through white or silver dots, to an accent snowflake painted on one or two nails.
There are different ways to achieve a snowflake manicure. While professionals often turn to dotting tools and thin brushes, many brands have created nail art stickers that you can just press on. Whichever method you choose, there is a technique suitable for every skill set.
How to put snowflakes on your nails?
Follow Sophie’s snowflake nail art step by step:
- Prepare your nails: “First, you’ll need to make sure your nails are perfectly prepped and the cuticles are pushed back.
- Remove oil: Wipe your nails with acetone to remove all traces of oil.
- Choose your medium: Then choose the desired base color. You can opt for a classic nude or, if you want to be more adventurous, forest green and icy blue are very popular this season.
- Draw on points: Dab your dotting tool in white polish and place a dot in the center of the nail. Then place two smaller dots directly above the center point, below the center point, and to the left and right of the center point. Then, in the four spaces between your points (the diagonals), place a singular point.
- Draw on lines: Take a thin brush, dip it in the white polish and draw thin lines over the dots and voila, you have a snowflake.
Still not sure? Watch and learn how to make snowflake nail art:
wife and house thank you Sophie Louise Martin for his time and expertise.