How to Create Textured Sweater Nails

Prepare Your Nails: Begin by preparing your nails. File them to the correct shape, push back your cuticles, then apply a base coat to preserve your natural nails and improve polish adhesion.

Apply Base Color: Begin by painting your nails with your preferred base color. Neutral or pastel colors work nicely to get the sweater appearance. Allow the base color to completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Matte Top Coat: After the base color has dried, apply a matte topcoat to your nails. This will provide a smooth surface for the textured sweater effect and give the final design a warm matte appearance.

Create Sweater Texture: Using a fine nail art brush or a toothpick dipped in contrasting nail paint color, gently draw vertical lines on each nail to simulate the appearance of knitwear. To imitate knitted sweater stitches, space the lines evenly apart.

Add Horizontal Lines: After you've completed the vertical lines, draw horizontal lines across the nail to finish the knit texture. Again, place the lines evenly apart to create a realistic sweater impression.

Optional: To add a bit of realism, carefully slide the tip of your brush or toothpick over the margins of the lines to soften them somewhat, giving the appearance of yarn.

Seal with Top Coat: Once you've achieved the desired textured sweater effect, let the nail polish dry fully before applying a clear top coat. This will protect your manicure and give it a glossy appearance.

Cleanup: Using a small brush dipped in nail polish remover, remove any excess polish from your cuticles and skin.

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