CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Cozy Jewel Toned Gradient Sweater Skittle Mani

by - December 23, 2021

Ever since I started doing Christmas nail art, back when I was just getting into nails and really had no idea what I was doing, I've loved sweater nails and I've done at least one or two versions of them every single year. This year, I will admit that the two I've done are a little bit more samey than I maybe intended, but I've found my favorite Fair Isle sweater style stamping image and nothing compares so it's the one I reach for. For today's mani, I changed it up a little bit from the Monochrome Green Fair Isle Sweater Nails from a couple of weeks ago, and I love love love how it turned out. 

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Initially this idea actually came from me really wanting to reach for the green and blue Starrily polishes that I ended up using in this mani and I went from there. I decided to go for a sort of jewel toned rainbow gradient skittle man using green, blue, purple and pink all in really rich, saturated tones. (Full disclosure, I didn't do my thumb for this one because it was specifically for the blog, but if you want to recreate this mani I would recommend applying a really bold red to the thumb.) I applied 1-2 coats of each - some of these polishes are SUPER pigmented - and let them dry down. I was going to leave it there, but ultimately I decided that I wanted to add a flakie topper for some glow to the overall design, so I grabbed my Holo Taco Solar Unicorn Skin and applied one layer of that to all of my nails as well.

For the stamping, I kept it really, really simple. This image, in my opinion, is just perfect for a single image mani. It's intricate and delicate but still has some punch to it, and I feel like it sits really nicely on the nail. It's hard to explain why this is a cut above all of the other sweater images in my collection, but it really is. Initially my plan was to do my stamping in white, but in the end I decided that I wanted a little bit less contrast than that so that it wasn't so stark and had a little bit more of a cozy vibe, so I ended up going with this soft taupey grey shade. I kept it simple and applied the image in the same direction with the same placement to all of my nails.

Once I was happy with the stamping, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
Starrily - Forest Of The Night
Starrily - Empress
Color Club - Twice Bitten
Heroine NYC - Lovesick
Holo Taco - Solar Unicorn Skin
KADS - 006 Gray
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Whats Up Nails B022 Winter Time
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I feel like this rich, jewel toned skittle base is to Winter what a pastel skittle base is to Summer. It just always works - at least for me. Also, if you're looking for the perfect fair isle sweater stamping image and you don't have the Whats Up Nails B022 Winter Time Stamping Plate, I highly, highly recommend picking it up for your collection. This image just never steers me wrong and I love it so much!

Only one more day!! In case you haven't seen them, I've been posting holiday themed mani's here on the blog as well as over on @pblnails every day in December and I'm going to be wrapping it up with my last mani tomorrow. Click here to check out all of the holiday mani's I did this year and be sure to head over to @pblnails for video tutorials for all of them!

Thanks for reading!

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