I debated whether to enter these in Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday Nail Art Challenge for this week’s theme of snow, but then I got a little tied up in the branding aspect of shaved ice in a cup – the spelling is S-N-O, no? Which doesn’t exactly qualify as “snow.” But people still call them snow cones, probably because “rainbow shaved ice in a cup” is a little unwieldy.
The rainbow “granule” accent nails were dead easy; once again, a nice, simple technique for the beginner nail artist, and an effective one at that. If you’d like to try it for yourself:
1. Brush on two coats of a base polish. I used white because it makes vibrant and pastel colours pop.
2. Round up a selection of rainbow-hued polishes, if you’re going for the snow cone look, or whatever colours you please if you’d like to be contrary about it. 😉
3. Taking a small detail brush and starting at the tip of your nail, dot on polish in whichever end of the rainbow spectrum you’d like to start with in a horizontal line. There’s no need to be perfect here; a bit of the base colour peeking through keeps the design from looking too muddled and “done.”
4. Repeat the horizontal dotting with all of the colours you chose, one colour per line, until you reach your cuticles.
5. Top off with a glitter polish, if you wish. Here I used a clear holographic glitter, Essence’s Space Queen, to get that icy, snow cone-look, but you can use whichever glitter topper you’d like. See how accommodating I am?
6. Finish with the top coat of your choice, and then stand back and wait for the compliments!