Welcome to December! It's that time of year again, the time for Christmas Manicures. I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art challenge again, hosted by the group Challenge Your Nail Art on Facebook.
Today's theme is Snowflakes. I knew I didn't want to use traditional colors but still wanted something with a winter/Christmas feeling to it. Last year I used a lot of traditional colors and my manicures looked a lot like everyone else's. A great example would be last years snow theme.
While trying to come up with ideas I came across a manicure in my newsfeed from Beginnails that was perfect. So this manicure is dedicated to her and the inspiration she gave me.
I started with 2 coats of KBShimmer Hexy Bikini for my base. After it was dry I dabbed on the OPI sheer tints to random spots on my nails and added a layer of top coat. I really liked how it looked and really didn't want to mess it up so I waited a full hour before moving on to the next step.
For my snowflakes, I used Finger Paints Black Expressionism and image plates from Bundle Monster and Shandy. ( BM-319, BM-323 and SH-202.) I have realized that in addition to needing better image plates for Halloween I also need ones for Christmas. Although I did like the variety I had with snowflake images to choose from.
I liked the look of this glossy but it was hard to photograph. I kept getting glare and losing the detail in the snowflakes. So I did what every polish loving person would do, I mattified it!
I'm having a hard time deciding if I like it glossy or matte better. The Glossy version had much more sparkle, but the matte version shows much more detail. Which way do you like better?
Before you go, make sure you check out the other participants manicures. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!