Glittery Snowflake Nails – Take 2

Last year I created this glittery snowflake design that was pretty popular with over 5,000 pins on Pinterest.  I decided to try to recreate the look for this winter/holiday season, and I wanted to see if I could improve upon it.  I love the glittery goodness of this manicure!  There were a lot of steps involved to achieve this look and it took about 1.5 hours to do one hand because I was being so meticulous.  The steps that I took are listed below in case you’re interested in trying to duplicate the look.  Let me know what you think.  I hope you love it as much as I do! Glittery Gradient Snowflake Design Glittery Gradient Snowflake Design Glittery Gradient Snowflake Design

How I created this look:

  1. Normal gel polish prep.
  2. Applied a thin layer of Gelish Foundation & cured.
  3. With a dry brush, applied a gold glitter gradient into the tacky layer of the Foundation gel using Sinful Colors loose gold glitter that I picked up at Walgreens.
  4. Applied Gelish My Favorite Accessory onto just the tips of my nails.  I wiped most of the polish off of the brush and started painting and the tips and just pulled down to make a gradient effect.  I cured the color, and repeated with a second coat.
  5. Applied a thin layer of Gelish TIO on the whole nail and cured.
  6. With a dry brush, applied a glitter gradient using Peacock glitter from AFC. (use coupon code CHICKETTES to save 10% at ArtsyFartsyCrafts!)
  7. Applied another thin layer of Gelish TIO, cured & wiped the tacky layer off.
  8. Stamped the snowflake patterns onto the nails using BM319 stamping plate and Konad White Polish.
  9. Added Crystal Luminous Green Swarovski crystals using Gelish Foundation as the “glue” and cured.
  10. Applied one final layer of Gelish TIO, cured & wiped the tacky layer.


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13 Responses

  1. Suzanne says:

    You are amazing! This is beautiful!

  2. KD says:


  3. Anna says:

    So unique! Love it

  4. Cathy M says:

    Omg, gorgeous! I love everything about this mani.

  5. AJ Nail-Lacquer UK says:

    Wow this looks fabulous!!!

  6. These are so beautiful! Love the ones from last year too but these are even more special!

  7. Suzanne says:

    I am having problems keeping the stones on my nails for more than a couple of days. I am not sure where i am going wrong. Any tips please.

  8. Nicole says:

    Beautiful! Elsa would be proud!

  9. Carla says:

    Hi, I love this design, where do you get the crystals for the center of the snowflake?? I would love to give this a try!!


  10. Carla says:

    Also, what type of glitter is the “peacock” from Artsy Fartsy- is is ultra file or a different consistency??

    Thanks again.