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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” says Athens-based nail tech Stella Sampson. “Everyone loves Christmas sweaters, so how about wearing them on nails too?” 
 Follow Sampson on Instagram @nailart.stella.  

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1. To create the sweater texture, start by painting the nail white and applying matte top coat. Cure. Using white gel paint and a liner brush, draw a V shape on top and continue downwards by drawing rhombus shapes. Cure.

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2. Draw vertical lines right next to the rhombuses. Cure. 

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3. Draw step-like shapes. Cure.

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4. With the liner brush, draw vertical lines inside the V shape. Using a dotting tool, add the dots to perfect the design. Cure. 

Tip: It’s best to cure between each step to keep the gel in place, create a delicate final design, and prevent ruining your design by accidentally touching it.

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1. To create the ugly Christmas sweater pattern, paint the nail deep red and use matte top coat. Cure. Using white gel paint and a liner brush, draw four horizontal lines. Keep in mind that you need to leave space for the Christmas trees. 

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2. Outline two Christmas trees starting from the top triangles. You don’t need to worry about making perfect lines in this step since you are going to fill the design later. 

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3. Fill the trees with white gel paint and draw X shapes above and below the lines. Cure. 

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4. Draw one line above the X shapes on the top and one line below the X shapes on the bottom. Using a dotting tool, add the dots to perfect the design. Cure.