A Snowy French Manicure for Anyone Who's Not Sick of Snow Yet

It's is a toned-down look, but a particularly cool one because you can use it as a base for more nail art or just leave it as is.
Publish date:
January 25, 2016
manicures, nail art, french manicures, Sally Hansen, Orly

I must be one of the most boring people on the planet because I can talk about the weather 'til the cows come home. And I enjoy it! Seriously, just the other morning, my mom and I had a good 10-minute phone call comparing the weather in Chicago to New Orleans because they finally got the post-holiday snowstorm.

Two winters in a row, I've made the trek up to Chicago from New Orleans just for it to snow days after I leave. It’s BS! Like, what’s the point of going up north for the holidays just for it to be all gray and dead outside? As much as I know that snow can be a pain, you can’t say that it isn’t pretty.

Now that I’m fully back in boring work mode, my post-holiday sads and I have decided to celebrate the fact that my family actually has snow — on my nails. It's is a toned-down and work-appropriate nail look, but this one is particularly cool because you can use it as a base for more nail art or just leave it as is.

Start with a semi-transparent or nude base over your entire nail. I’m using Essie Mademoiselle because it’s my fave, but this could also look great with a skin-toned base. (Please give me recommendations for nude polishes because I literally don’t have a single one and I feel like that just isn’t right.)

To get the French tips, you will need a white nail polish and a cosmetic sponge. This white polish by Sally Hansen is very aptly named Let’s Snow.

I played around with a few different ways to get this manicure, and by far the easiest way is to apply the white polish to the flat tipped edge of the sponge so you can get some precision. Putting the white polish all over the large sides of the sponge got totally out of control like some kind of nail-polish explosion. Not good. Go with the edge. Trust.

Start by applying a heavy coat of white polish to the sponge and tapping it over the whites of your nails in a traditional French-tip style. You can spot on my thumb where my nail was a bit too short, so I just did a little baby French tip to pretend like I didn’t break it and that it actually matches the rest of my manicure.

To get the snowy effect, continue the white up your nails. I found it was super-easy to go too heavy, so you need to work with a slightly tacky or dry sponge. This is best to do when you are working on the tips and the sponge starts to feel dry or sticky; instead of loading it up with more polish, start working on the falling snow. For super-precise snow, fold the sponge.

To give it a cohesive look, have the snow heavier at the tip and less as it goes toward the cuticle. This kind of makes it look gradient, or like snow piling up. Now is the time if you feel like adding in some more snowy fun nail art on top.

After you have dabbed on your snow to your liking, just put on your favorite base coat and live vicariously through your snowy French nails if you're not in one of the areas that got hit by Jonas over the weekend.

  • How do you feel about French manicures?
  • Are you sick of snow? Jealous of the areas that got it?