I created this design for Hypnotic Polish’s November/December nail art challenge, which was based around the theme of “winter wonderland”. Since I spent most of my life living in the countryside, my interpretation of a winter wonderland is pure, snow-covered trees; and so I came up with this simple, yet pretty design.
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I started by applying a peel-off base coat, followed by two coats of my white creme polish by Barry M. Since I would be creating a gradient, I applied liquid latex by Cuticula around all my nails.
When the white base colour had dried, I created a gradient on a makeup sponge using a wintery holographic light blue by F.U.N Lacquer, a pale lilac, and white (a full product list can be found at the end of this article). For my guide on how to create a perfect gradient, click here.
I positioned the sponge so that the blue was at the top of my nail near the cuticle, followed by the lilac and then the white towards the tip. I wanted the white to represent the snow laying on the ground, and the lilac to represent the morning mist between the trees.
I sealed in the gradient with a coat of Barry M’s Wet Set Quick Dry glossy top coat and then added a few small strokes of pink iridescent glitter topper to the white at the tip of the nail to make it appear as though the snow was sparkling in the light.
Next, I used What’s Up Nails’ “Does It Look Like I Give A Fall” stamping plate to stamp this bare tree pattern on top of the gradient, using Born Pretty’s white stamping polish. For my beginners guide on how to use nail stampers. click here.
I tried to position the stamp differently on each of the nails so that the pattern didn’t look too identical.
To finish off, I added a coat of MoYou London’s non-smear, glossy stamping top coat to all the nails.
This is the finished result:
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• UNT: “Ready For Takeoff” Peel Off Base Coat.
• Barry M: Wet Set Quick Dry Topcoat.
• Cuticula: Scented Nail Tape “Harvest Moon”.
• MoYou London: Smudge Resistant Top Coat.
• Born Pretty: Stamping polish #4 (White).
• Rimmel London: Rita Ora 558 “Go Wild-Er-Ness”.
• Maybelline New York: Color Show: Fairy Spell 497 “Unicorn Addiction”.
• F.U.N Lacquer: “Let The Sea Set You Free”.
• What’s Up Nails: “Does It Look Like I Give A Fall” Stamping Plate.