The Nail Files: Colourful Cosby Sweater

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Hello there, Nail Filers! IT'S FRIDAY! YAY!!

This week, I went off the map. And by that, I mean that instead of having a Pin inspire my mani, I just kinda winged it. Because the weather here has been all about the rain, I thought I'd brighten things up a bit and use a whole bunch of neons all at once. I've had some commenters ask me to make tutorials, so this week is also my first stab at that. I hope that it's helpful! 

Here's what I used:

Here's the mani:

Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Three coats of Celtic Sun (I know, it'll take forever to dry but it's the only way to get good coverage).

Step 2: Using a thin brush, stripe on some 15 Minutes of Frame.

Step 3: Add some stripes of Warhol Wannabe.

Step 4: You guessed it, more stripes with Mayhem Mentality.

Step 5: Last bit of striping with Creative Fantasy.

Step 6: A nice gob of top coat to seal all the colours and make the nail less bumpy feeling. Then, all you need to do is clean up the polish that gets on your skin.

A very simple and easy mani, really, considering that it's all freehand with no particular design. I think that the end result looks like a neon Cosby sweater. Jello-O, anyone? Haha!!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!


  1. LOVE the neons!! And great pic tutorial (pictorial?) I find those SO helpful! xo

  2. Cosby sweater?! This had me laughing out loud! And I needed a laugh this morning, so thanks! Great mani!

  3. Looks awesome! I may have to give this a try sometime!

  4. So bright...love the neons!

  5. Holy crap do I love this!!!! The colors are amazing. LOVE LOVE

  6. I love the color combo you used and I really like this technique. Nothing has to be perfect nor in a particular pattern. Seems to be a good design to go for when you don't have too much time about being a perfectionist. I got to try this one! :)

  7. That is so cool looking! The color variations could be endless, great idea.

  8. well if this isn't a fun mani i dont know what is!

  9. It may be a simple mani but it certainly requires the patience of a saint ;) Good for you for being that saint! Thanks for the step-by-step!


  10. HAHA I lol'd at the name for this mani!!! They are so fun and definitely Cosby-sweater-ish! :)

  11. Stop it, just STOP IT! When are you going to start making money off of this amazing talent?

    I think I might actually try this one because I feel that the messyness of it will mask my incompetence. "No I didn't do a shitty job, it's SUPPOSED to look messy like that!" ;)

  12. Too cute and I'm cracking up at how you watermarked your picture! lol

  13. Oooh how fun! lol they are definitely Cosby sweater-like. I think this is definitely a nail art design I can do.

  14. Love this !!! That yellow is killer!

  15. I love it! From what I've heard, the best way to do neons is to use a base coat of white underneath. It's supposed to help with opacity and it helps the neons pop! ;)


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