American Flag French Manicure

If you’re in America, there’s no doubt that you knew it was Independence Day recently. Whether you were having a barbecue, watched fireworks either live or on TV, or just saw a lot of red, white, and blue decor everywhere, there’s no way you totally forgot about the holiday. And if you’re a nail blogger, there’s almost no excuse for you to go out without some sort of appropriate manicure!

Seeing as I did a patriotic manicure fairly recently, I wanted to create a more subtle look this time around. The idea was to do a flag French tip design over a nude base. If my nail beds were in better shape (they’re looking super sad right now after a bad reaction to too much UV light and acetone exposure from all the gel polish swatching that I’ve been doing), I would have left my real nails exposed for a “negative space” look, but I needed to use some sort of foundation to cover up the damage. Good thing I have a nice collection of nude pink colors from which to choose! I selected Privacy Please from OPI for this manicure. It’s sheer, but it’s a little streaky (maybe due to age), so I applied 3-4 coats to each nail to even out the color.

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This lovely blush pink shade hides your nail imperfections in 3-4 coats.

While my polish dried, I prepared a stamper with the flag design from the Konad m45 stamping plate. This was one of the first plates I ever bought, and I remember wondering how on earth you could produce a true red, white, and blue flag image with it. Now that I’m more experienced, I know how to do these things!

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Patriotic Graffiti Nails

Ah, Memorial Day weekend! I finally have a little time for myself after an intense period of rehearsals and concerts, so here I am celebrating Memorial Day with some abstract red, white, and blue (and silver) patriotic nails for a different take on the flag.

To start, I painted all my nails with Jelly Belly + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in 621 Coconut. Can you believe I found this at Duane Reade the other day in the clearance section for just $1.24? I applied 3 coats to all my nails to get an even finish and waited for them to dry completely before continuing.

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I used the Nicole Diary-094 plate for the fun assortment of squiggles and shapes that it offered. Layering different patterns from it, I was able to make a graffiti-like version of the American flag.

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Patriotic Independence Day Nails

Happy July 4! It’s America’s birthday, so my nails are painted with red, white, and blue colors to commemorate our nation’s flag.

The easiest way to do this manicure is to start with a white base. I chose Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in White because it dries quickly and is completely opaque in 2 coats.

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I used Bundle Monster’s BM-H25 plate to do the stamping. I featured the images on the top and right sides of the plate in this manicure.

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The stamping technique that I used requires the application of two different polish colors to the same design and a single scraping away of the polish so that a gradient effect is not created. It easily becomes a complete mess of colors if you’re not careful with this!

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Easy Patriotic Nails

I’ve been lazy about wanting to change up my nails, so I took a super simple approach to create some nail art for July 4.  They didn’t come out exactly as I was planning to do, as you will see.

The following products were used:
Sephora by OPI- White Hot
Finger Paints- In the Monet
China Glaze- Ring In the Red
Bundle Monster star charms

I started out by painting White Hot on fingers 1-4 and In the Monet on my thumb.

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Beautiful base colors.

Next, I glued a star charm onto my thumb with Kiss Nail Art Glue.  It was my first time using nail art glue, and I’m hoping that it removes as easily as it went on!

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Star charms by Bundle Monster.

For the stripes portion of the mani, it was my intention to use Bundle Monster plate BM-205, shown below.

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Stamping plate BM-205 by Bundle Monster.

The only issue was that I wanted the wavy pattern to be horizontal on my nails, and the image was smaller than the length of my nails.  I tried to fill in the empty space first with extra stamping and then by hand, but I was unsuccessful and unsatisfied with the results.  The polish used for the stamping was Curve-aceous by Sephora by OPI in this case.  Please excuse the messiness of the photo below.  I knew at this point that I was going to wipe the stripes out, so I didn’t bother cleaning anything up.

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Not so pretty stamping. :/

It was a good concept though, and I have plans to attempt something else with this plate later.

After wiping nails 1-4 clean, I painted them with White Hot and decided to use Ring In the Red to paint simple block stripes on the middle of my nails, no special brush required.  That’s when I called it a day.

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Stars and Stripes Forever.