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!

Magical Dandelion Seed Nail Art

Ah, September.  The seasons are changing, so I wanted to do some nail art that would capture the magic in the air.  The lightness of fluffy dandelion seeds seemed perfect for the prompt!

I knew I was going to use a plate from Born Pretty Store, so I decided to stamp silver holographic polish onto a shimmery dark blue background.

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The look starts with Soho Skinny from Ulta Professional, a beautiful pearly dark blue.

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BPL-026 plate from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the top right hand corner for all my nails.

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Stamping done with UO Nail Lacquer in Silver Holo.

For that touch of magic, I brushed Sugar Coat by Kleancolor on just the top half of my nails to create a simple glitter gradient look.

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Sugar Coat by Kleancolor. I love the iridescent glitter in this polish!

And that’s it!  Super easy, sophisticated looking nails that capture the magic of the changing seasons.  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day!  Happy polishing!

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Holographic dandelion seeds. Winning.