By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated: Jun 26, 2015 @ 2:57 pm
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Before you don your outfit for that fireworks show or start mixing cocktails for your Fourth of July party, consider lacquering up in a patriotic manicure! In celebration of all things red, white, and blue, we painted up three fun nail art designs that don't require you to be a pro. You can deck out all 10 digits in the punchy designs, or add an edgy twist to an otherwise tame hue by opting for a sole statement nail. Whether you want to keep it traditional with a flag-inspired pattern, go bold with a glittery firework motif, or get into the picnic spirit with a gingham and cherry design, we've broken down each manicure into user-friendly steps to help you nail each look. Keep reading to get the full breakdown!

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Old Glory Nails

1. Begin with two even coats of an opaque bright red like Marc Jacobs Beauty's Lola ($18;

2. With a white striping polish like Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art ($4;, paint horizontal stripes from the top to bottom of your nail.

3. Once dry, use Nails Inc.'s Baker Street ($5; or an equally bold cobalt across the tip of your nail.

4. While the blue nail polish is still wet, press a trio of rhinestones side by side onto your tip. We had flower-shaped crystals in our nail art kit ($2 for a 12-color wheel;, but for a more literal take, opt for stars. Finish with a layer of clear top coat.

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Cherry and Gingham Print Nails

1. Apply two coats of Burberry's Optic White Nail Color ($22; as the base.

2. Begin painting on the gingham pattern with Orly's Instant Artist in True Blue ($7; We went for the water-based formula to create a sheer, layered effect, and started first with the vertical lines, followed by the horizontal lines on top.

3. With a dotter tool like Shany Cosmetics's ($7 for a set of five;, pick up YSL's La Laque Couture in Rouge Pop Art ($27; with the larger end, and dab two cherry-esque spots into place.

4. Use a lime green striping polish like Lechat CM Nail Art in Electric Green ($3; for locations) to draw on the cherry stems and leaves. Allow the pattern to dry completely before finishing with a top coat to avoid any messy smudges.

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Firework Nails

1. Start with either an inky black lacquer, or a shimmer-flecked version like Ciaté's Velvet Tuxedo ($15;, and layer one coat of Deborah Lippmann's Let's Go Crazy ($20; on top.

2. Paint two firework-shaped bursts with the L.A. Colors Art Deco polish in Silver Glitter ($2; on either corner of the nail.

3. Cut a small corner off of a makeup sponge, and dab bold-colored glitters like Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe and Flash Dance ($10 each; onto the firework shapes. Go back and re-define any areas as needed with the silver glitter striping polish.

4. Top off with a layer of Butter London's Stratford Honey ($15; to give the look extra shimmer.

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