There's no better way to give your Fourth of July ensemble an extra-festive twist like a red, white, and blue manicure, but we admit, going for the traditional stars and stripes pattern can be pretty tricky if you're a novice to the nail art game. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi painted up this chic design, which incorporate the classic patriotic color scheme with a super modern nod to the big event. Keep reading to get step-by-step instructions on how you can nail it at home.
1. Step 1
After filing your nails into the shape of your choosing, apply a layer of your favorite base coat and allow it to dry completely.
2. Step 2
Swipe on two even coats of a white nail lacquer onto all five fingers. Because your pinky and thumb won't have any nail art on them, you can feel free to seal off those nails with a layer of top coat. Leave your ring, middle, and pointer finger as is.
3. Step 3
Pick up a red lacquer like Jin Soon's Ardor ($18; barneys.com) and paint a block of color onto your ring finger that spans from cuticle to mid-nail.
4. Step 4
Repeat the same motions on your pointer finger, this time with a blue nail polish like Jin Soon's Cool Blue ($18; barneys.com).
5. Step 5
Pick up a nail striping brush, and dip it in the blue lacquer. With a steady hand, use the brush to paint on a thin rectangle just below the center of your middle finger.
6. Step 6
Clean off your striping brush, and dip it into the red nail polish to paint the number 4 on your pointer finger. We recommend starting by drawing the two straight, overlapping lines, then connect the two diagonally to complete the number.
7. Step 7
Clean off your striping brush once again and coat it in the blue nail polish to apply the 7 onto your ring finger.
8. Step 8
Clean off your brush one final time, and use it to apply a very thin red line slightly below the rectangle on your middle finger. Allow it to dry, then seal in your work with a layer of top coat.