A red, white, and blue manicure for the 4th of July is the EASIEST way to add a bit of patriotism to your holiday weekend wardrobe. Flags are an awesome but obvious choice, and simply alternating solids of red, white, and blue polish didn’t have the flash I was looking for. Last year I created red, white, and blue Tie Dye Nails for the 4th but this year I wanted a little more care-free fun feel. I opted for red and blue dots with a chunky silver glitter top coat to add a little spark! Click through the photos below to see how I did it.
Red, White, and Blue Nails for the 4th of July 1 of 11
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What You’ll Need… 2 of 11
Red, White, Blue, and Silver Glitter Polish and a Nail Art Dotting Tool
You can also use a toothpick, though it's not as precise.
Step One… 3 of 11
Apply two coats of white nail polish to your nails and let dry.
Step Two… 4 of 11
Dip your dotting tool into your blue or red polish. I chose to just grab some from the brush, but you can also pour a little lacquer into a small dish.
Step Three… 5 of 11
Beginning at the base of your nails and with the largest dots, carefully create a burst-like effect with smaller dots near the tips of your nails. I alternated red and blue nails and did one entire color at a time.
Step Three… Continued 6 of 11
You may create your dots any way you like. Some of mine turned out better than the others, but it's meant to look festive, not perfect.
Step Four… 7 of 11
Clean off your dotting tool with nail polish remover.
Step Five… 8 of 11
Move on to your next color and pick up polish with your dotting tool.
Step Six… 9 of 11
Repeat your dotting technique on alternating nails in alternating color.
Grab Your Glitter… 10 of 11
Your dots should look a little something like this. They're cute without the glitter as well but lack the SPARK!
Step Seven… 11 of 11
Apply your chunky glitter more generously at the base and finer at the tips. I used this as my top coat. And Voila! You're Patriotic!
Find more photos of my nails with and without the glitter finish at ...love Maegan.com
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* More photos of this 4th of July manicure before and after the glitter sparks!