Colors: Chancer (Butter London), Kate (Julep), Spring Gentian (Priti NYC), Diamond Geezer (Butter London)
Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there! :) I’m glad part of my celebrating for today was to do some nail art. In the middle of painting my nails, I realized this is the first nail art I’ve done since going on hiatus to finish my M.A. thesis in March! =/ I swear on my Seche Vite I won’t let another three months go by before I do nail art again!
Anyway, the majority of this manicure is pretty simple to achieve because it’s mostly just straight lines and dots. If you have them, you can use stripers to create the stripes in this manicure, but I actually just used a couple craft store paintbrushes since I find it’s easier to control them and because it doesn’t limit me only to my stripers! And you can use a dotting tool to create the dots, but I actually used a toothpick since I was in my kitchen while I painted my nails this morning.
The hardest shape to create is the star on my index finger. A lot of Independence Day manicures I’ve seen feature glitter stars, but I don’t have any! Still, I love stars, so I decided to freehand a star on my nail. My suggestion is to first paint your whole nail blue. Once that’s dry, use a toothpick to dot on the five points of your star, and then use your striper or paintbrush to create the star. If yours ends up looking funky, wait for the white to completely dry, and then use your blue nail polish to go over the white in order to “erase” parts of the white you don’t need anymore (I ended up needing to do this a couple times). If your nail looks a little bumpy at the end of it all, using a heavy-duty top coat like Seche Vite at the end of your manicure will make everything appear smooth again.
If yall have any questions about the manicure, ask in the comments or leave me a note in my ask box. Thanks for reading! :)