If you can't get enough of Pinterest and wish you had more time to find the best beauty looks on the photo-sharing site, this column is for you. Each week we highlight a coveted makeup technique, hairstyle or nail design with a popular following, and get the tips and tricks for creating it from the person behind the original pin. For this edition we contacted the blogger who designed these seasonal nails.
Celebrate the arrival of winter by dressing up your nails in a frosty scene that’s getting a ton of buzz on Pinterest. Blogger Karin Ruiz of Rin’s Nail Files created this look as part of a yearly holiday challenge in which she and other nail bloggers took part. Follow her step-by-step tutorial to create the design on your own.
What you need:
- Base coat. Try: YSL La Laque Couture in N 30 Base.
- Navy blue nail polish. Try: China Glaze Little Drummer Boy.
- White nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Below the Belt.
- Plastic plate or plastic cutting board.
- Makeup sponge wedge.
- White acrylic paint. Try: Oumaxi Water Based Acrylic Paint for Nail Art in White.
- Spotter paint brush. Try: Loew Cornell Spotter 4650 Series American Painter Artist Paint Brush.
- Top coat. Try: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Top of the Line.
How to do it:
Step 1: Apply the base coat and two coats of the navy blue nail polish. Tip: Let your nails dry for 30 minutes before moving onto the next step.
Step 2: Pour a bit of the white nail polish onto a plastic plate or plastic cutting board. Dip a clean makeup sponge wedge into the polish and “dab off the excess polish onto the plastic until it’s just barely on the sponge,” Ruiz says. Gently sponge the polish onto your nails to create a snowy effect.
Step 3: To create the trees and star, you’ll need white acrylic paint. Pour a bit of it onto the plastic plate or board. Use a spotter paint brush to paint on the design. Use a light stroking or feathering motion to create the trees. Tip: “The trick to making it look more realistic is to use as little paint as possible so the base color shows through,” Ruiz says. And if you can only paint the design on the hand you don’t write with, that’s alright. “I can only paint with my right hand,” Ruiz says. “When I really want to have the design on both my hands—which is not very often—I do an accent nail. This was my first time painting these kinds of trees on my nails—no practice at all. I just started painting and this is how it came out. The key to a good design for me is the vision of it in my head. I have to know what I plan on doing before I start."
Step 4: After allowing the design to dry for about 10 minutes, apply the clear top coat.
Photo: Courtesy of Karin Ruiz