14 snowflake nail art designs and ideas for winter

Snowflake nail art is easier than you think! Get inspired and learn how to frost your mani this season

A woman with snowflake nail art holding a christmas bauble with twinkly background lights
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If you want to try snowflake nail art but have no idea where to begin, stay right where you are. Because with Christmas just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to enjoy a fun, festive design at your very fingertips. 

No festive beauty look is complete without Christmas nail designs, and snowflake nail art is an elegant spin on the usual sparkly holiday mani. “A snowflake manicure is a perfect way to achieve a festive look without going OTT,” agrees nail artist Sophie Louise Martin. “You can go as classic or as abstract as you want, from hand-painted delicate flakes to speckled dots that mirror falling snow.” 

For those of you who already know how to paint your nails like a pro, why not step up your manicure at home with a snowy scene? Or, if you prefer to put your nails in the hands of the professionals, screenshot your favorite snowflake nail art design and take it with you to your next nail appointment. 

After all, what better way could there be to complement your Christmas makeup and Christmas hairstyles than with a fabulously festive snowy design? Throw on your best Christmas party dress, perhaps a couple of Christmas hair accessories and you'll be golden. Everybody knows more is more at this time of year. 

Snowflake nail art designs and ideas

1. French snowflake nail art

Elevate a classic French manicure for winter with carefully drawn-on snowflakes. To save yourself time (and reserves of patience) limit the snowflakes to one or two nails. 


2. Black and white snowflake nail art

For a sophisticated spin on the classic snowflake design, try painting white snowflakes on top of a dark berry or navy base. The contrast of moody winter polish will help make those snowflakes pop.


3. Subtle snowflake nail art

Intricate snowflakes painted onto a neutral base look delicate and chic. Nicely cared-for nails are a must for this look, so get into a good nail care routine then dial things up with the luxe accents. 


4. Double French and snowflake nail art

Double French manicure and snowflake nail art are a match made in heaven. Take your cue from nail artist lolo.nailedit who used CND polish in High Waisted Jeans and White Button Down.


5. Metallic snowflake nail art

Activate full festive mode with snowflakes painted on mixed metallics topped off with a sprinkling of glitter. This would be as fabulous in a cozy pub as it would be around the Christmas table.  


6. Gold glitter snowflake nail art

Sparkles are a must for the festive season. If you’re not a fan of shimmery eyeshadow looks, apply glitter to your nails instead. Gold works especially well with white snowflakes.


7. Sparkly snowflake nail art

If you're after a less literal take on snowflake nail art, try applying silver glitter all over a dark base to recreate a snowy, midnight scene. This is one of the easiest looks to achieve from home, and it still looks utterly fabulous. 


8. Striped snowflake nail art

Subtly festive, this is snowflake nail art for people who think they don't like nail art. The neutral base and dark green stripe adorned with snowflakes look seriously cool and will go with your best Christmas jumper. 


9. Grey snowflake nail art

Grey is a great year-round color choice for nails if bright, colorful shades aren't really your thing. To make it wintery, try adding glitter and delicate white snowflakes. 


10. Speckled snow and silver nail art

Create a sparkly scene by using a very fine brush to paint silver dots of speckled snow and intricate snowflakes onto jelly pink nails. For full festive marks, why not add in silver tips, too? 


11. Simple snowflakes

For a pared-back nail art design, opt for white snowflakes on top of a neutral pink base and finish with a glossy topcoat. Even better, try using snowflake nail stickers instead of hand painting them on. 


12. Gold foil snowflake nail art

Get the Midas touch and take inspiration from these beautiful gold foil snowflakes. You'll need acrylic nails to achieve this super long, vampy shape—so we'd advise saving this look for the professionals. 


13. Green snowflake nail art

Dark forest green is the perfect color choice for a Scandi-Christmas winter woodland feel. Top it off with white snowflakes and a wash of shimmer to add some extra pizazz. 


14. Pink snowflake nail art

Not a fan of traditional festive colors? Opt for neon brights or a pop of pink instead—it'll bring a funky, modern twist to festive nails and will help you stand out in a crowd.


What is a snowflake manicure?

“A snowflake manicure is exactly as it sounds and is surprisingly not as complicated as it seems,” advises Sophie. It consists of small intricate snowflakes painted onto a neutral or deep base. The finished look can vary from delicate flakes with a snow flurry, courtesy of white or silver dots, to an accent snowflake painted onto one or two nails. 

There are various ways to achieve a snowflake manicure. While the professionals often lean towards dotting tools and thin brushes, many brands have created nail art stickers that you can simply press on. Whichever method you choose, there's a technique to suit every skill set. 

How do you put snowflakes on your nails?

Follow Sophie’s snowflake nail art step-by-step: 

  1. Prep your nails: “Firstly, you’ll need to make sure your nails are perfectly prepped, and the cuticles are pushed back.
  2. Remove oil: Wipe your nails with acetone to remove any oils.
  3. Pick your base: Next, pick your desired base color. You can go for a classic nude or, if you want to be more adventurous, forest green and icy blue are very popular this season.
  4. Draw on dots: Dab your dotting tool into white polish and place a dot in the center of the nail. Then, place two smaller dots directly above the center dot, below the center dot, and to the left and right of the center dot. Next, in the four spaces between your dots (the diagonals) place a singular dot.
  5. Draw on lines: Grab a thin liner brush, dip it in the white polish, and draw thin lines throughout the dots and voila, you have a snowflake.” 

Still unsure? Watch and learn how to do snowflake nail art:


woman&home thanks Sophie Louise Martin for her time and expertise. 

Emma Stoddart is a freelance beauty journalist and self-confessed skincare aficionado with over five years’ industry experience. After graduating from Leeds University in 2011, Emma dabbled in ergonomics, research as well as human resources before landing her first internship at ELLE UK. It was here where she fell in love with the world of magazines and reignited her passion for beauty—an area of obsession since her first foray into foundation with Dream Matte Mousse circa 2004.

 

Since ELLE, Emma has worked for some of the UK’s top women’s titles including Net-A-Porter, Stylist and Grazia. Her experience spans online and print as well as producing editorial shoots with some of the industry’s biggest artists, including Val Garland. Asides from working with them behind the scenes, she’s also had the chance to interview the likes of Patrick Ta, Pat McGrath, and Sam McKnight for all their insider tips and tricks.

 

A skincare junkie and wellness enthusiast, Emma is all about hard-working, no-nonsense products that really deliver on results and will try her hand at anything that promises to de-stress. Away from her lengthy evening regime, Emma spends her time beading bracelets (a side hustle she recently set up with her sister), enjoying the great outdoors, and occasionally threading her own eyebrows (a skill she endeavored to master during Lockdown 1.0). Find her on Instagram @emmajadestod.