DIY Snowflake Manicure

A winter wonderland on your nails.

When I tell people that I’ve seen snow only once in my life, and that it was man-made, they give me a look. It’s the kind of look you give when you see someone or something that you can’t help but feel sweet sorrow for, like a puppy with a cast on his leg. It’s not my fault that I grew up in sunny Los Angeles, people! HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL! Anyway, since it might be a while before I get to see a real snowflake fall before my very eyes, I will have to settle for painting them on my fingernails. Care to join me? I put a nice big pot of hot cocoa on the stove just for you.

You’ll need:

  • Your favorite baby-blue nail polish. It can be matte or shiny, whatever you prefer. I used a shimmery shade from Milani called Beach Front.
  • Silver nail polish, glittered or otherwise. I used Milani’s Silver Stiletto and Essie’s Lux Effects Stroke of Brilliance (a blue glitter).
  • A fine-tipped brush or bobby pin
  • White nail polish, preferably one that comes with a brush. My favorite is Milani’s Nail Art With Precision Brush in White Canvas.
  • A clear top coat. I used Seche Vite.

1. Cue up Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” on your parents’ record player. Or YouTube will do just fine. Then paint your nails with the blue polish of your choice.

2. Using your nail-art brush, draw asterisks with the white polish. These are your snowflakes. Take your time with this and try to keep your hand steady. Depending on the length of your nails, you can do either one or two snowflakes.

3. Using a fine-tipped brush or bobby pin, make dots both around and within the snowflakes with the white and silver polish. The Essie glitter I used looked sort of like rhinestones, which was COOL (no pun intended):

4. After completing your dots, finish up with a thin top coat. Now, regardless of whether the weather outside is frightful, your nails will look delightful!


  • DreamBoat December 17th, 2012 11:17 PM

    hahjashjdsjhkdjhksdjhk MARIE I LOVE YOU.
    This is probably the greatest manicure ~ever~. I will totally be doing this!

    Plus, it looks SUPA HELLA pretty even without the other snow! UGHH THIS IS PERFECT!!

  • cherrycola27 December 17th, 2012 11:35 PM

    Ooh I love this! I have short nails, though. I’ll try to make it work!

  • thefilmrookie December 18th, 2012 2:28 AM

    I loved this and I loved meeting you, Marie on saturday at pygmy hippo!

  • Mary the freak December 18th, 2012 3:41 AM

    Argh how perfect..! Will do that RIGHT NOW!!

  • LilySew December 18th, 2012 4:21 AM

    Aw, i’ve never seen snow in my life. I live in Australia , so snow only ever falls on the high mountains and stuff. This mani is so cute though!

  • streaked lights December 18th, 2012 4:23 AM

    Omigosh! This is adorable! I think I’ll add in some rhinestones on top.
    What if you made the snowflakes entirely out of glitter? brb trying this outtt!

  • Sandrine December 18th, 2012 7:47 AM

    meanwhile, there is a snow storm in Quebec, where I live, and school is cancelled today. hehehe thank you for this beautiful nailart! <3

  • Electra Heart December 18th, 2012 9:07 AM

    Gah! This is so perfect! :D Thank you for sharing your amazing nail skillzzzz with us. <3

  • Sophii December 18th, 2012 12:29 PM

    This is so cool but my school is super strict about painting your nails which sucks so much but I will definitely do this on Friday <3

  • GlitterKitty December 18th, 2012 4:32 PM

    Oooohhh so cute. I want to do this. But I had to do a little Canadian giggle at you never seeing real snow.

  • HeartPlant December 18th, 2012 6:54 PM

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering what to put on my nails & this is amazing!

  • pocketmouse December 18th, 2012 9:17 PM

    you should come to oregon :o it’s only a state up, and there’s a whole mountain covered in snow!

  • simplebutchic December 20th, 2012 11:21 PM

    I’m gonna have to try this!

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica May 8th, 2013 2:47 PM

    Pretty ♥‿♥