How to make a snowflake design on nails
Many people associate winter with snowflakes. And in manicure, nail-art masters try to convey all the subtleties of the winter mood. The most popular option to depict a piece of winter on the nails, draw a snowflake on them. Or maybe not to draw? How about an applique or an unusual shape of snowflake? The more interesting and unusual it is to make a snowflake on your nails, the more original the manicure will be. It will be the envy of all girlfriends!
Techniques for drawing winter design
Uncomplicated snowflake with six blades with white nail polish – this is not the limit of possibilities for nail art. Snowflake images can be made in different ways, but the result also depends on the basis of such a manicure: matte finish, French, etc.
French with snowflakes
For a beautiful winter manicure, which can easily be a New Year’s Eve manicure, it is relevant to do a French base. The color solution for the tip of the nail can be any, it directly depends on the intended design. The background is also allowed to do any shade or just use a transparent coating.
Snowflakes can be present as independent elements of the design or as part of it. They can be placed on the nail in different ways: all over the nail plate, on the tip, in the center of the nail (or left/right side).
An icy ombré
A soft play of shades as a background is a great idea for a winter manicure. To make a design that resembles ice use an ombre technique using cool colors: blue, purple, green in tandem with white, gray. Glitter can be added to the ombré, which is worth choosing lighter or darker than the basic colors chosen. The smooth transition from one shade to another is better to do with an airbrush, but with sufficient skill it can be done with a brush – whoever is more comfortable. You can get the hang of it, and so on.
After creating the basis of manicure with ombré, you can start decorating. For example, to draw a snowflake, decorate with rhinestones. On the nails with an ombré look spectacularly small snowflakes in their large number of contrasting colors.
Large and small snowflakes with velvet sand
Such an unusual material, as velvet sand, helps to create interesting effects on the nails. The technique using this material comes in handy for making snowflakes more voluminous and attractive.
The size of the created snowflake does not matter for the use of velvet sand. It is enough to perform a few steps to get a snowflake with acrylic sand:
- Draw a snowflake of the desired size with a thin brush using gel polish;
- Rub powder/sand over the area where the snowflake was drawn;
- Light dry the nail;
- Remove excess material with a dry broad brush.
Use a nail top after using the powder/sand is not necessary, otherwise the velvety effect will disappear.
Manicure with a matte finish is a fashion trend that cannot be ignored in winter nail design. The hit colors for the manicure: dark bordeaux, green, brown. Of light colors – turquoise, blue, gray, purple.
Matte in the trend to combine with a glossy finish, as well as the use of acrylic powder. Therefore, to create a beautiful snowflake on a matte background, acrylic powder, contrasting varnish, glitter, etc. will do.
This unusual snowflake shape is often found on winter warm sweaters, but on the nails it looks no less beautiful. Scandinavian snowflakes are relevant to complement the knitted manicure (both drawn and volumetric). It is better to choose contrasting colors and to use a minimum of decorative elements.
For a harmonious arrangement of the Nordic snowflake on the nail, it should be supplemented with a stylistic pattern: knitted ornaments, stripes.
Volumetric snowflakes with acrylic paint and powder
A slight bulge for the snowflake can be created with the help of gel polish or gel paint, and for more emphasis use powder.
To make a volume for a snowflake with gel paint, you can do this:
Coat your nails with a layer of gel polish of the desired color, going through all the standard steps before application, dry;
Paint the desired number of snowflakes, dry them;
On top of the dried snowflakes, apply another layer of gel paint, powder and dry;
Remove the excess material with a dry brush.
To cover the snowflakes, you can choose a matte powder as well as a shiny one, to give them a shimmering effect.
How do I draw a snowflake on my nails?
You can draw a snowflake image on the nail in different ways, and the effect will vary in any case. What drawing technique to choose in the end depends on the personal skills of the manicurist. Drawing can be anything: gel-lacquer, gel-paint, acrylic paint, regular varnish, etc., but not all of these materials are easy to use its rapid drying.
For manicure painting choose the thinnest brushes, which well hold any pigment between the fibers and provide an even drawing of lines, which is necessary for the image of a standard snowflake.
For a good result of painting with a brush, you should not apply a large amount of dye on it, so that it does not drip and form blotches.
With a needle or a toothpick
Such “folk” tools for drawing are convenient for drawing even lines and dots, but their use has its own nuances:
on the slippery surface of a thin needle, the coloring substance (for example, ordinary varnish) quickly runs down to the tip, which prevents the beautiful drawing of conceived patterns, especially complex ones;
it is inconvenient to draw thin lines with a toothpick, but dots and monograms are great.
Nail-art professionals do not use such tools for painting nails, but in home conditions they can fully replace dots.
But the first time to draw with a needle and toothpick may not work, so before drawing snowflakes on the nails is worth practicing on any other surface.
In capable hands, the dots become a versatile tool for drawing. For the convenience of applying the coloring substance, different sizes of the ball on the tip of the dots can be used. This tool is convenient to use for creating patterns of any complexity, as well as to use the technique of dotting.
To avoid accumulation of varnish / paint in one place of the drawing, it is necessary to dip only the tip of dots in the dyeing substance, as well as well-dry the snowflake before fixing a transparent coating.
Such a design idea as steamping looks incredibly spectacular in manicure, while greatly facilitating the life of masters who do not have skills in drawing. In order to make this design on the nails, it is necessary to purchase special templates (plates) and stamps.
After the main color is applied to the nails (background), you can proceed to stamping:
- Wipe the disc and the stamp with the pattern with nail polish remover;
- Apply gel paint (or acrylic paint) to the selected design. The stepping plates have small indentations that hold the right amount of paint. The excess from the plate should be removed with a scraper, and as an analogue – use an unnecessary bank card, which will remove the excess paint from the surface;
- Apply the stamp to the design on the plate, then from one side of the nail roller to the other, use the stamp to transfer the image to the nail.
- If gel paint or lacquer was used for stamping, it must be dried after the application on the nail. To fix the result, it is worth covering the drawing with colorless varnish (or top).
Stepping is spectacular to do on the background of a gradient or ombré, but also a monochrome base is excellent. In this case, it is acceptable to decorate drawings with sequins, rhinestones, etc.
Snowflakes with a stencil
What could be easier than to draw an openwork snowflake through a stencil? After making the base coat and a color layer, you remove the tackiness with a kleanser and stick a special stencil (usually paper) firmly to the nail. After a layer of nail polish of a different color is painted over it, the nail is dried and the stencil is removed. It remains only to decorate, if necessary, and to secure the top. The same actions are carried out with regular nail polish.
Decorating nail art with rhinestones and sequins
Snowflakes, decorated with sequins or rhinestones, look organic and stylish in winter. Holiday or everyday design can contain both a large number of sequins, and a small portion of them. For example, the sequins can only embellish the snowflake design, or even fill in the entire nail as a background. Rhinestones can also become part of the snowflake (in the center of the snowflake, on the blades) or moon manicure. This manicure for New Year’s Eve 2023 will look very attractive.