As I may have told some of you, nailpolishcanada.com has invited me to enter their holiday nail art challenge. Each week for three weeks they have a different theme for submissions, and this week’s theme is snow. Here is my entry:

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Below is my step-by-step guide to creating this manicure. Before you try it, though, please go vote for me here!

Step 1: Pick a sky color for your base. I chose Essie’s Beach Bum Blu.

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Step 2: Sponge white polish from the base up. I cut up a wedge-shaped makeup sponge and used Sephora’s White Hot to create an ombré effect.

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Step 3: using a different sponge, add a shimmery white color to complete the ombré effect. I used Ciaté’s Angel Wings, which is lovely, but requires a few coats because it’s pretty transparent.

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Step 4: Trees! I used a fine wire beading needle and Unplugged by China Glaze to first paint 2-3 trunks on each nail, then branches. I found it was best to work in one direction at a time (bottom to top for the trunks, then all of the branches on the left side, then the right) so that you’re not constantly repositioning the needle and the nail.

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Step 5: Snow! Using the same white from step 2, I used the (cleaned) needle to paint snow on the branches, again working in one direction at a time.

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Step 6: More snow! I painted some snow at the base of the trees. Remember to paint it in mounds around the tree, so it looks more natural.

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Step 7: Even more snow! I used Konad plate m5 to add some tiny falling flakes.

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Step 8: Top coat. Make sure everything is thoroughly dry, then paint on your top coat. I recommend painting from the top to the bottom, it’s messy, but if you get any streaking, it will look more realistic. Go thick in order to even out any bumps.

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