4th of July Polish — Nailed It

Date Thu, July 3 2014

I thought I’d do a fun post highlighting some other blogger’s awesome 4th of July nails and end it with my favorite suggestions for red, white and blue polish!

Now, when I paint my nails, I stick to a single color. I rarely even do a glittery topcoat. Although, I did just buy some polish that comes with both so I supposed this will change.

4th of July Nails by La Princesse Salon and Spa

4th of July Nails by La Princesse Salon and Spa

I did get a pedicure the other day, and the woman at the salon had painted her nails with a patriotic theme. There were also plenty of options to choose from in their pattern books, but I opted not to pay the extra.

The first photo I’d like to highlight (left) comes from the Yelp page for La Princesse Salon and Spa. I love the use of solver instead of white. The modern lines remind me a little of the Pepsi can or Obama’s logo. It’s patriotic but modern.

American Flag Manicure by FabFatale.com

American Flag Manicure by FabFatale.com

 

I follow Fab Fatale on Facebook, and Jen recently posted a July 4th roundup. It included her original flag manicure below. This design isn’t a traditional flag, but it’s still awesome and reminds me of Captain America’s costume so it totally speeks to the geek in me as well as the nail polish lover. There are two more patriotic manicures in her roundup, so make sure you check it out!

Obama Inspired Manicure

Obama Inspired Manicure

 

Speaking of nail polish that reminds me of our President, this photo on the right above actually was a way to show support back in 2008, but it’s since become a fantastic idea for Independence Day nail polish. I love the idea of doing an accent nail because I’m totally not artistic, and the sparkly blue is awesome! Check out more Obama-inspired manicures on The Polish Addict.

Merica from Dressed up Nails

Merica from Dressed Up Nails

 

Dressed Up Nails put a totally awesome spin on the star spangled banner with this manicure (right). The bows totally remind me of fabric swag that you might see decorating a barn for a July 4th dance. It’s got kind of a southern feel going on to me, very traditional. What do you think?

Wavy Flag Nails

Wavy Flag Nails

 

For nails that have wavy stripes just like America’s flag flying high overheard, try using a nail plate like they did over at Enamel Girl. It’s far from the only wavy flag nails I’ve seen, but I love that these were done with plates, and I was actually able to find a source for them. She said the style looks amazing even without the stripes, so you can modify it for other themes if you’d like.

Water Marbled July 4th Nails

Water Marbled July 4th Nails

 

Francine from the Polished Mommy has way more patience than I to create this awesome manicure (left). It’s got lots of room for bling, too, if that’s your style. Because it uses water marbling, every nail is unique, and you could follow her tutorial and get different results each and every time. I think that’s pretty cool!

 

Obviously, most of these manis use silver, glitter bling or sparkling nail polish. I think that’s the secret to a mancure that I love since I’m not a fan of bland red and white.  If I were going to raid my collection to try my hand, here are the colors I’d use:

 

My Favorite Red, White and Blue Nail Polish

  • Julep's Monaco Nail Polish

    Julep’s Monaco Nail Polish

    Julep’s Greta is currently on my fingers, and boy does it need a touchup. Inside, it’s a glittery red. There’s more of a purple hue outdoors, which I also love. In fact, most of my red polishes border on purple/magenta! I guess I need more plain red!

  • The same company makes Monaco, a creamy medium blue without any sort of glitter that would work well for a patriotic mani or pedi. If you like sparkle, Maybelline Blue Freeze always struck me as a color worthy of Captain America. It has the tiniest hint of purple glitter; although, you can’t really tell. It looks nothing like the photo on Amazon. I bought mine at Target. I just bought Revlon’s Moon Candy in Galactic, which is a dark blue base with chunky blue glitter top coat. Maybe that will add to this list!
  • Finally, the white. I only own one bottle of white: Nubar White Tip. It came with my Beauty Box 5, and it’s ideal for French tips, of course. White also works as a base coat if you’re doing ombre nails, which I intend to try soon, or watercolor nails.

Which of these designs are your favorite? Do you have a 4th of July/flag inspired mani to show off in the comments? What about your favorite red, white or blue nail polish?

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