Paint Yourself Patriotic: Red, White & Blue Nails

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Paint Yourself Patriotic: Red, White & Blue Nails
Eileen Sweeney

Want a festive manicure perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July or summer barbeques? Here's a fun and easy patriotic nail look, perfect for anytime you want to show some American pride.

Apply Red Polish
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Apply Red Polish

Start by applying a base coat to help improve the longevity of your manicure, as well as to prevent staining and damage to your nails. Follow with two coats of your favorite red polish to all fingers except your thumb. For best results, wait a minute between each coat.

Add White Stripes
Eileen Sweeney

Add White Stripes

Using a white striping polish or a thin brush (or an extremely steady hand), apply stripes on each red nail. Depending on the polish you use, you may need two coats to achieve opaque stripes.

Apply Blue Polish
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Apply Blue Polish

Paint your thumbs with a navy blue polish. Again, two coats are recommended for opacity, with a minute of dry time between each coat.

Optional: Dotting Tool
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Optional: Dotting Tool

For the next step, you may want to use a nail art dotting tool, thin nail art brush or a toothpick to help you achieve the dots.

Paint On Dots
Eileen Sweeney

Paint On Dots

For the "stars" part of this mani, dip a dotting tool (or an alternate instrument) into white nail polish and paint on as many dots as you desire. To more easily control how much polish you get on your tool, pour some of your white polish onto a plate or napkin. If you have a steady hand and want a more advanced alternative, you can make several mini stars or even make one large star on your thumbs.

Completed Look
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Completed Look

Wait a couple of minutes and then apply a top coat to complete your patriotic manicure.

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