It’s been awhile since I’ve done a nail art tutorial post and since I have plans to cover more nail polishes I thought doing another nail art would be a great idea. Due to the fact that the 4th of July is in a few days and America is participating in the Fifa World Cup of Soccer I thought a 4th of July Nail Art Tutorial would be a great idea.
For this tutorial I will be using three polishes; CoverGirl’s Snow Storm, Sally Hansen’s Blue It, and OPI’s Cajun Shrimp. I felt that these three particular shades from my collection best represented America’s Red, White, and Blue. Now if you don’t have these three shades that’s fine, use what you have.
Also, for this tutorial I will be using a couple of nail art tools. I will be using a dotting tool and a straight edge brush from the Sephora Kit that I got for my birthday. If you don’t have either of these tools you can use a toothpick to make the dots and the edge of a business card to help with your lines. (If you’d like a tutorial on how to do this let me know in the comments.)
The first polish that we’re going to use is our blue. As I mentioned I’m using Sally Hansen’s Blue It for mine as it’s the most patriotic blue.
With our blue we’re going to apply two coats to all the nails but the ring finger. Apply your first coat, let it dry, and then apply your second coat. You want to make sure that you’re letting the polish dry in between both coats or it will windup being sticky.
The next polish that we’re to use is our red. The red that I’m using is OPI’s Cajun Shrimp. I’m using this one mainly because it’s my favorite red! Also, though I felt this was just about right on the red spectrum for the shade of red that the flag is. Remember you don’t want to go to close towards maroon and it have be to dark nor do you want to go to close towards pink and have it be to light.
With the red we’re going to apply two coats to our ring finger. Now if you can see it in the pictures, for my right hand I reversed what I’m doing on my left hand. So if you decide to do that you’d want to go ahead and paint the ring finger on your left hand with two coats and all the nails on your right hand except the ring finger. Remember though you want to make sure that each coat is dry before applying the second coat.
This is what you’re nails should look like once you’re done applying your blue and red. If you’d like you can just leave your nails like this and call it done. However, if you want to take your mani up another notch then keep reading to see how to apply some nail art designs to your mani.
The last polish that we’ll be using is our white. For mine I’m using CoverGirl’s Snow Storm because it was the first pure white that I could find. Another good one to use would be Sally Hansen’s White Out. You just want to be sure that it’s a pure white and doesn’t have any kind of shimmer or glitter pieces in it. At this point is where you’re going to want to break out your tools.
The best way to use a dotting tool is to start out with a sheet of notebook paper folded into fours. You then want to take a little bit of your white polish and pour it onto the paper. You then want to dip whatever you’re using for your dotting tool into the polish, making sure you have a good amount on there, and then just dot the tip onto the nail. Depending on how much polish you picked up you might able to get more than one dot out of a dip. If you run out of polish then just redip.
For the stripes you want to use a flat edge brush and make sure that you have ample polish on the brush. If you don’t have enough polish on the brush it will smear. You just find a good starting spot on the edge of the nail and swipe across to the other side in one quick swipe. If you make any mistakes use some pointed Q-Tips to fix.
Once you’re done with your nail art design you want to make sure that you set with a top coat to seal your manicure. I’m using Seche Vite’s Top Coat which I find gives me my longest manicure. You can just use your favorite top coat.
This is what the finished 4th of July mani looks like. I think having the red with the white stripes really makes the blue with the white dots pop more. Hopefully you liked this 4th of July nail art tutorial, if you did make sure to tell me below what nail art tutorial you’d like to see in the future.
If you liked this nail art tutorial check out my other nail polish posts
- Fall Nail Art Tutorial
- Halloween Nail Art Tutorial
- Julep Bess Swatch with Julep Bunny
- OPI Hey Baby Swatch and Review
- Color Club Safari Sunset Swatch, Photos, and Review
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