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Snowflake Sideways French Manicure Nail Art Tutorial

Sideways French Manicure Tutorial via @alllacqueredup

Snowflake Sideways French Manicure Tutorial

Happy Mani Monday peeps! I hope you all had a fun weekend. Now that we’re into November the holiday collections are starting to roll out. The holidays, already, ugh! I’m so not ready for that. But I do love holiday nail polish colors and while I was playing with the new China Glaze Twinkle collection, I came up with this twist on a Sideways French Manicure. Enjoy!

Sideways French Manicure Tutorial

I love how chic and sleek a Sideways French Manicure looks. A traditional French is so not me but this variation is eye-catching and unique. And I’ve been wanting to try glitter placement so, the white hex glitter in China Glaze Chillin With My Snow-mies played perfectly into this look as they look like tiny snowflakes on the nail.

Snowflake Sideways French Manicure Nail Art Tutorial via @alllacqueredup

Snowflake Sideways French Manicure Nail Art Tutorial

Get The Look

In terms of application, both Tip Your Hat and Out Like A Light are phenom. I mean, Tip Your Hat is a ONE COAT RED! Gotta love that. And it’s got just the right hint of cherry to make it feel cool and wintry. Plus, I love the thin China Glaze brush, as I professed in my Top 10 Nail Polish Brushes post, because it makes getting a clean line at the cuticle a breeze.

Snowflake Sideways French Manicure via @alllacqueredup

Snowflake Sideways French Manicure

Sideways French Manicure Tutorial via @alllacqueredup

Sideways French Manicure Tutorial

The China Glaze Twinkle collection is available now at salons nationwide including Sally Beauty and ULTA and online at and China Glaze nail polish retails for $7.50/ea.

What’s on your nails for Mani Monday? Do you like the Sideways French look? Will you give my version a try?

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  1. This is SO gorgeous! I am going to be trying this. :)

  2. Austen R says:

    Very cool. I love picture tutorials, so this was fun to see!

  3. Ashley Clevenger says:

    So excited to try this. So chic AND festive. Love it.

  4. AngieSue says:

    Oh, such loveliness! I would keep that manicure as long as possible. It’s a great look for the holidays. My manicure is not as dramatic, Zoya Kalista – I’m loving the shimmery brown for November.

  5. Jammies says:

    Very cute and different–I love this!

  6. What a beautiful idea for a manicure. I’m going to have to try this,

  7. kel says:

    that looks so awesome!

  8. Amanda says:

    Welcome back! Plus I like the mani. I’ve tried the sideways French before but it never works out perfectly. I guess I just need to keep at it lol

    • Thanks Amanda! What goes wrong when you try it? Making sure the tip guide is pressed down is key to getting a clean line with no leaks. Also, wipe the brush REALLY well to avoid spilling over to the other side.

      • Amanda says:

        Lol where do I start… It’s inevitably one of the following: when I peel up the guide, it either pulls up or smears the edges of the freshly painted polish or (no matter how long I let it dry) peels up the base color. The guide edges sometimes ripple/bubble up along the edges as I start painting the sideways part which then allows polish under it. it seems like I’ve had one other problem but I can’t recall what at the moment… I’ve tried doing a fast dry top coat over my base color and still waiting a while to paint the top one, thinking that maybe that would help, but no dice. lol I think I’ve managed to have it fully work out on all 10 fingernails ONCE and not have to have redone at least 2-3 fingers. I figure it will end up being like stamping was; frustrating as hell and didn’t want to work until I was ready to give up completely, and then BAM it will magically work. lol

        • I always use a top coat on the base because when I don’t, it doesn’t make how long I let it dry, it still peels up. Though I hear you on the comparison to stamping. I can never get stamping to work for me. Maybe it’s the guides I use. They seem to be stickier than the thinner ones I’ve used from Sally Hansen or Orly.

  9. Julia says:

    I love this idea Michelle you are so creative. I love you site so much that if I don’t see something from you two days in a row; I start to worry.
    God bless you and your talent.

  10. Jessica says:

    This is such a beautiful manicure! I’m definitely going to try it out. :)