Christmas Plaid Nails

I guess you might say I’m trying to make up for lost time this month by doing all my Christmas manicures after Christmas. Oops! Even though all the gifts have been unwrapped, I still feel the spirit of Christmas in me.

Today’s manicure doesn’t scream Christmas. It speaks to those who prefer to keep it classy and understated, but it definitely has fall/winter vibes.

The inspiration for the green, white, and gold color combo for this look started with this gorgeous holographic peacock powder in color J2952-1A from Beauty Big Bang. It is a multichrome pigment with holo powder added to it to give it extra kick.

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This container is a little bit larger than the size of a sample container from Sephora.

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Inside is this lovely shimmery dark green pigment powder, color J2952-1A.

In order to use the powder, you must apply it over gel top coat in order to get a perfectly smooth finish. I never have luck with my black gel polish, so I prefer to use regular black polish (What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI), wait for it to dry, then apply a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over it. I cure this for one minute before proceeding to the next step.

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Pictured here are 2 coats of What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI with one layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat.

The peacock powder then gets rubbed onto the cured gel top coat with an eyeshadow applicator, and another layer of gel top coat is applied and cured.

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The black polish gets transformed into this beautiful green chrome color with a holographic effect.

The plaid can be done either freehand or with stamping. I’ve been dying to try out this plate from Clear Jelly Stamper for a long time, so you can guess which way I did mine! You can layer the patterns with different colors to create your own unique plaid look.

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CJS-08 plate from Clear Jelly Stamper.

I used Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in White with the double lined pattern in the lower left hand corner first, and then used Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in Gold with the grid pattern in the upper right hand corner over it, taking care to have the lines of the smaller grid fit in between the double lines of the other pattern. This creates a simple plaid design without the stress of trying to paint many straight lines over and over again.

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A layer of Ya Qin An Top Coat finishes off this pretty design.

I hope you enjoyed this manicure! All the overlapping and intersecting lines felt very satisfying to stamp, although I do warn that stamping straight lines can be quite tricky if you’re new to it! Comment below if you have any tricks for keeping those lines precise!

Happy polishing!

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