Winter is coming… for your hands.
The latest curious beauty trend of 2017 is apparently snow globe nails. Marie Claire caught on to the trend back in June of 2016, but according to Bustle, this is the year — and the holiday season — they’re really going to take off. Canadian nail vlogger Cristine Rotenberg’s snow globe nail tutorial has garnered over 2.5 million views since being posted just a few days ago on December 16. But what, exactly, are snow globe nails?
In the video, titled “DIY Snowglobe Nails (I built a snowman on my nail)” (and, yes, set to the song from Frozen), Rotenberg explains, “So, I’ve seen snow globe nails around for maybe a couple years now, and it’s basically just affixing a hollow ball…and then you put it on your nail and fill it with some glitter and liquid and you shake it around and it looks like a snow globe.” Following a tutorial from Absolute Nails, she created the globe casing from glossy gel top coat and used a Saran wrap–covered eyedropper end for the shape. She then built a tiny snowman with polish, set the snowman on her nail, and covered him with the globe.
But first, and this is important, she covered her thumbnail with a peel-off base, because you definitely don’t want this thing to be stuck on your finger for long after the New Year. Since she’d cut a small opening in the back of the ball, once it was stuck on her nail, she was able to pour liquid into it — baby oil, not water — and glitter for the snow, of course. Throughout, she “bakes” and “cures” the various elements of the design using a UV light. The video is just over 10 minutes long, but judging by how many different steps there are, it’ll probably take you the better part of an afternoon.
Check out Rotenberg’s very entertaining how-to and then take a peek at our favorite examples of this totally extra trend. And if you need something to pair your seasonal mani with, why not try out bauble brows and Grinch makeup?
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