July 2, 2011
The 4th of July is on Monday – do you all have your manicure picked out yet? I wanted to post this Manicure Monday a little early in case you all needed some ideas. I used all China Glaze products to get this look, as that’s what I had on hand. I’ve used these basic red, white, and blue polishes in so many nail art manicures! You don’t want to go over your designs in too many strokes, so it’s best to use polishes that are opaque in one coat.
4th of July Nails DIY:
- A Base Coat
- Red, White, and Blue Nail Polish
- Nail Stamp & Scraper, Nail Stamping Image Plate – Stars Design, White Stamping Polish
- Office Labels
- French Manicure Guide Stickers
- Thick Clear Top Coat
To get the look, I started with a Seche Clear Base Coat and one coat of China Glaze Ruby Deer. Let this dry completely, about 30 minutes, before you move on to the next step. I took Avery 525 round office labels, cut them in half, and pressed two of them lengthwise on each nail with a small gap between each piece. Paint a strip of white nail polish, I used China Glaze Snow, in the gap between the two pieces of tape and allow it to dry completely before you remove the tape. If you have a steady hand and you’re short on time, a single stroke of white nail polish should be fine if you’d prefer to avoid taping it off first.
Once you’ve allowed the white stripe to dry completely, use french manicure tip guides to tape off the end of your nail. Paint one layer of blue on your tips, I used China Glaze First Mate, and allow to dry. Next, stamp white stars on your blue tips using Bundle Monster Plate BM14 and Konad’s white nail stamping polish. Finish off with a thick coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
So what do you all think of this American Flag manicure? It’s the perfect manicure for the 4th of July or the Olympics. Is this a look you would try? I’m so ready for fireworks now!
Update: I just did this version of the 4th of July manicure for those of you that may not have the time/skills/patience taping off the other :). Just a quick snapshot from my Instagram – I used all of the same ingredients as the mani above.