Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July Nail Art

Welcome, readers!  I'm so excited to start my blog.  And what better time to start than just in time for the  holiday.  I decided to publish my first post just prior to the 4th of  July holiday so that you have a chance to try out a couple of patriotic designs.  I'm going to show you 3 manicures today.  One for the artistically inclined, and the other 2 for the artistically challenged (that would be me).  If you haven't done so already, please check out my Profile page to get to know a little about me.

Before I jump into the fun part, I want to thank you for taking an interest in my blog.  For more than a year now I've been totally engrossed in nail polish and makeup.  I can't get enough.  Finally, when I realized how much time, money and effort I put into trying out tutorials and shopping for the perfect polishes, eye shadows and lipsticks it was too late for me to slow down.  I was obsessed.  When I filled my first 3 acrylic nail polish racks (the ones in the salons that hold about 100 bottles), I knew I had a problem and the only way to justify it was to share my polishes with friends and family.  But seriously, who was I kidding?  I couldn't give up my China Glaze or my O.P.I.  God forbid if somebody touched my Zoyas.  And as hard as I tried to let go of my drugstore Sally Hansen's, I just couldn't do it.  There is no such thing as an ugly polish or a color that I can't work with.  I couldn't even part with the polishes that I have in duplicate (yes,  I accidentally buy polishes that I already have).    So, since it was clear my hoarding wasn't going to stop and that I was unwilling to share, then I figured that I can share my knowledge and enthusiasm online and help others to become obsessed hoarders just like me. If my kids think that Ulta is "that evil place that Mommy won't leave even when we beg", then yours should too.  Why should I be in this alone?  Being alone isn't healthy.  So I encourage you to leave comments and email me at paintsANDpolishATgmailDOTcom so that we can keep an ongoing dialogue about our favorite polishes and which ones we can't live without.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Ok, Let's get started.

4th of July manicures nail art

I love the American flag, but you dont have to wave one with this first manicure.  Let your hands be the flag.  You will need a true red polish, white polish and a royal blue. I used  Cover Girl's "Lasting Red", "Navy Narcissist" by Maybelline Color Show, and "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors.  You will also need striping tape.

4th of July manicures nail art

 First painted all your nails white.  Once completely dry, 
add striping tape to each one in horizontal lines.  

4th of July manicures nail art

Next, paint over the tape and white polish with red.  It's best to remove the tape before it has a chance to dry, otherwise you risk pulling up the polish.  Warning:  You can easily ruin your mancure by not letting it dry completely during this next step.  If you don't heed this warning, I take no responsability for your not-so-patriotic red, pink and blue manicure.  Even when you're certin that they're dry, some of the red may bleed into the white, so be careful when you apply a clear top coat.  I use a good fast drying top coat.  Seche Vite is my number one go-to quick drying top coat, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.  Not only does it dry in record time, but shines like glass.  

This is a good time to have your teen start diner, wash dishes or put in a load of laundry.  Your nails are wet, oh darn, mom could use a helping hand.  

Now we have the stripes, but we're still missing the stars.  Use striping tape to tape off your first and middle fingers.  On the middle finger after you place the horizontal tape, place a verticle one about halfway down the center of the nail creating a box for your blue polish.  Now paint inside the lines with blue, just like you did in kindergarten.  Once dry, use a dotting tool to place rows of stars over the blue background.  Add your favorite top coat and wave your flags.

4th of July manicures nail art
Same manicure with thin and thick stripes

On to the second manicure.  Paint your pinky fingers red, first fingers blue and your ring fingers, middle fingers and thumb white.  Once dry, use striping tape to make  2 vertical lines down the nails of your middle fingers so that you have 3 relatively equal sections.  The section next to your ring fingers paint red, the section closest to your first finger, blue.  Now your middle fingers are red, white and blue.  Remove the tape before it starts to dry.
You can add red, white (silver), and blue glitter if you like.  Don't forget your final top coat.

4th of July manicures nail art

I saved the easiest for last. Polish your pinkys blue, first fingers red, and middle two fingers and thumb white.  Apply striping tape vertically down the middle of your two middle fingers and paint the outter edges the same color as their adjacent fingers. If you have a steady hand or just simply don't want to use striping tape, you can freehand it.  Don't forget your top coat.  Now you're all ready to go out there and watch the fireworks.  

4th of July manicures nail art

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