I generally prefer more traditional colors when it comes to doing winter and Christmas nails, but I decided to step outside of my comfort zone for this manicure and I am really glad I did. This mani has a lot going on, so sit tight!
To start this mani out, I had to do a bit of prep work ahead of time. I started off by stamping the diamond pattern using Essie – No Place Like Chrome using Bundle Monster plate BM-XL 01 onto two stampers (I used my Vivid Lacquer rectangle and my Creative Shop stamper). I covered each one with a coat of Seche Vite and allowed it to dry completely. Once dry, I used Color Club – In De-nile, Sonia Kashuk – Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a shimmery cornflower blue frankenpolish to paint in some of the diamonds. I allowes these to dry completely over night. You don’t have to wait that long, but it was too late to put together the mani when I did these 🙂
With the legwork out of the way and well rested, I got to work painting a coat of Sally Hansen – White On for every nail. It didn’t need to be perfectly opaque, since I was doing art on top of everything, so one coat was plenty. I applied some liquid latex around my pointer and pinky finger nails to prep them for doing a gradient.
I used Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In De-Nile and my frankenpolish to create the gradients and it took several passes to get the opacity I wanted. I let them dry for about 10 minutes then stamped snowflakes from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L 032 using No Place Like Chrome. I top coated all of my nails with Seche Vite at this point and applied a coat of Seche Vite to my stampers over the decals.
Right as the Seche Vite was dry to the touch, I pressed the decals (still on my stamper) directly onto me middle and ring finger nails. This works best with a squishy marshmallow stamper so you can press firmly down and have the decal enclose your entire nail. The decal releases from the stamper and the Seche Vite on each nail adheres to each other really well. I trimmed off the excess and then added another coat of Seche Vite on top.
I did a bit of cleanup and decided to matte them all, so I added a coat of NYC – Matte Me Crazy to all of my nails.
- Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
- Essie – No Place Like Chrome
- Sally Hansen – White On
- Sonia Kashuk – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Color Club – In De-nile
- Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
- NYC – Matte Me Crazy
- BP-L 032
- BM-XL 01
So, there is a reason I don’t do manis like this often, it was a lot of steps and very time consuming – but I love how they came out, so I would definitely say it was worth it. I ended up really liking these colors together and though I generally think of spring when I use pastel colors, the cool tones lend themselves well to winter.