See Exactly How to Nail This Festive Fourth of July Manicure
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.
After filing your nails into the shape of your choosing, apply a layer of your favorite base coat and allow it to dry completely.
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.
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.
Repeat the same motions on your pointer finger, this time with a blue nail polish like Jin Soon's Cool Blue ($18; barneys.com).
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.
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.
Clean off your striping brush once again and coat it in the blue nail polish to apply the 7 onto your ring finger.
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.