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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Animal Print Fourth of July Nails

Happy Independence Day, America!

Everyone is probably putting stars and stripes on their nails today, so I wanted to do a different interpretation of the American flag.  The first thing that occurred to me when I thought of stripes was zebra print.  So why not do an animal print interpretation of the flag?  Put some leopard spots instead of stars.  It’s like a cross between Betsey Johnson and Betsy Ross!

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My polishes from left to right: Curve-aceous by Sephora by OPI, Dandy Lyin’ Around by China Glaze, Splish Splash by China Glaze, Up All Night by China Glaze, and Silver Glitter by Kleancolor. All these polishes have shimmery finishes.

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I painted 2 nails blue and 3 nails red (the third was my thumb).

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Using a dotting tool, I applied Dandy Lyin’ Around to the blue section haphazardly to start the leopard print pattern. I used a striping brush and craft smart acrylic paint in white to paint the zebra stripes.

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I used a smaller dotting tool to apply dark blue polish around the white dots and filled in empty spaces with a few more dots of Up All Night. I used a dotting tool to also go over the solo blue dots with Silver Glitter.

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After applying top coat, the design is finished.

I admit, it’s a bit of a stretch to think that this design is symbolic of the flag, but it’s kind of cool anyway.  Perhaps if I made sure that there were 13 red and white stripes in total, this would have been more convincing, but I took some artistic license.

Now go enjoy your barbecues!  Happy polishing!

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.