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Let Your Flag Fly1 of 16
By Natasha Burton
In honor of Independence Day, we asked some top nail artists to share their most patriotic creations. These manis will have you showing off your American spirit in style.
Go for the Gold2 of 16
Devised by Ginny and Donne Greer of Hey, Nice Nails!, this mani combines festive color with a bit of bling. To add the embellishments, place all of the charms you plan to use on a foil, then use a dot of nail glue to secure them and let dry. Cover with a strong top coat to make sure they all stay put through the holiday weekend.
SHOP NOW: IBD 5-Second Brush On nail glue, $4
American Graffiti3 of 16
San Francisco–based fashion and beauty blogger Adiel Cloud created this mani, which layers shatter polish over regular polish for a cool effect that pays homage to Fourth of July fireworks. Shake your shatter polish well and apply lightly for the best results. Add a glitter top coat and get ready to hit the barbecue!
SHOP NOW: OPI's White Shatter nail lacquer, $4
Spirit Fingers4 of 16
For a super-easy yet professional-looking mani, paint a quarter-inch of silver-glitter polish to just the tips of your polished nails, suggests Alli and Katie of The Daily Varnish.
SHOP NOW: Essie Set in Stones top coat, $4
Circle Game5 of 16
This manicure, also from The Daily Varnish, uses an unexpected tool to create a funky circle pattern: a cocktail straw. After painting your nails white, let dry, and then pour some red and blue polish—in separate pools—onto a piece of foil. Let the polish get a bit tacky, then go to town stamping circles on your nails, using a different straw for each color.
SHOP NOW: Kikkerland Paper Straws, $7 for 144
Just Bead It6 of 16
Using white polish as the base, the pros at The Daily Varnish created a textured mani using red, silver and blue microbeads. They suggest holding a tray under each nail, then pouring the beads over tacky polish and pressing them on gently. Do a second round of beads to get a nice, thick effect. (You can also try a nail kit first if you'd like a simpler option.)
SHOP NOW: Ciaté manicure kit, $25
Patriot Panache7 of 16
To get this look created by April and Ashley Brooks of Concrete and Nail Polish, use striping tape or a skinny brush to get clean lines for the chevron shape. They point out that glitter polish is bit more forgiving than matte if you mess up slightly.
SHOP NOW: China Glaze Ruby Pumps polish, $3
Hot Dog!8 of 16
Why not pay homage to a signature Fourth of July treat with this hot-dog mani created by Glennis McCarthy of XOvain? After adding stripes for your bun and your dog, use a brush to paint on a squiggle of orange "mustard" or red "ketchup," and add on green or white dots for sauerkraut and onions, if you feel like having the works.
SHOP NOW: Orly Prince Charming nail lacquer, $6
Just a Fade9 of 16
Nail maven Kaitlyn Delano designed this ombre mani, which is created by first painting nails white and letting dry. Then, use a makeup sponge to create a color gradation on your digits. Make sure to let the layers dry in between sponge coats to avoid smearing, then use top coat to blur the lines just a bit. Add a glittery accent nail to make it even more festive.
SHOP NOW: Beauty Blender sponge, $17
Stars and Stripes10 of 16
To create the horizontal lines on this mani by Delano, try this pro trick: Move your nail instead of the brush when applying polish. Make sure your hand is stabilized on a table, then place the brush on one side of the nail and then gently turn your hand clockwise until the stripe reaches the opposite side of your nail. Spots are easily made with a dotting tool or the rubberized end of a straightened-out bobby pin.
SHOP NOW: Nail art paint brushes, $1 for 15
Grand Old Flag11 of 16
Fab Fatale's nail guru Jennifer used a stamping tool to this flag-inspired mani, but you can get a similar look with nail wraps if you're a nail novice.
SHOP NOW: Wawo Nail Wraps, $1
Bow Wow12 of 16
This cute look, created by Whitney Sweidler of Dressed Up Nails, requires a dotting tool for the dots and striper brush for the stripes and bows. She suggests starting with a base coat and letting your digits dry for 30 minutes before putting on the art. (If you're not so steady with a brush, try striping tape to create clean lines.)
SHOP NOW: Striping tape, $5
Starry Sky13 of 16
This unique take on a star design (which also looks a bit like fireworks), by nail guru Haitch Lowry, is a perfect design for trying out a nail-stamping-plate set. After painting your nails black and allowing to dry, use metallic polish and a stamp set to create these shining stars.
SHOP NOW: Konad Stamping Nail Art set, $15
Splatter Paint14 of 16
Ashley at Spellbound Nails painted on two coats of white polish before using a straw to create this graffiti-inspired design. To keep the red and blue from mixing, use two different straws to drip paint over digits. Have fun with this one—just fling on some polish in alternating colors until you get the desired effect (and wipe off excess polish with a Q-Tip dipped in remover).
SHOP NOW: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Blue It, $3
Color Burst15 of 16
Grab some foil and pour on some pastel colors in all the colors of the rainbow to create this firework mani by Linda Khuu. First, let a coat of black nail varnish dry completely on your nails, then accent them with bursts of color that radiate out from the center of your nail, using one brush for each.
SHOP NOW: Nicole by OPI Razzle Dazzler, $2
Country Strong16 of 16
Nail designer Maryam of Maryam Maquillage created this cute nautical design. To replicate, first paint your nails white, allow to dry thoroughly, then apply a few strips of striping tape across your nail beds, keeping a consistent distance between the lengths of tape. Working with one nail at a time, paint a pastel-blue nail polish over the tape. Remove the striping tape immediately after polish application, then seal everything off with a strong top coat.
SHOP NOW: Seche Vite top coat, $10