Tutorial: Easy 4th of July Nails

     I don’t like bringing politics into this blog, but I have to say: you Americans have it good. You don’t know the hardships of not having a Target in driving distance from your house, and I’ll be darned if I have to listen to you whine about Twinkies going out of business again – you’re lucky to have them in the first place!

     Jokes aside, I love my American friends. It puts a smile on my face to know I have readers and friends from near and far. I hope that when you’re not making fun of us for having a maple leaf on our flag you enjoy reading, too.

     So in honour of your federal holiday of Independence Day, better known as the Fourth of July, a nod from my beauty-lovin’ to yours. This is a nail tutorial, courtesy of my friend Jessica and her incredible painting skills, modelled on my (ironically) Brazilian friend Jennifer. The colours here would also work for an Australian or British inspired manicure.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Start with two coats of a shiny blue nail colour of your choice.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Jessica used China Glaze’s Frostbite, but a great alternative is Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Saved By The Blue (230C).

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     The real star of this easy and fun ‘cure is a nail polish from Hard Candy, a brand sold exclusively (and appropriately!) in Walmart.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     After giving the base colour ample time to dry use their Soda Pop color to add blue, white, and red matte hexagons to four of the nails. The fifth will be the accent.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Use a small piece of clear tape to create a border on the accent nail on an angle, and fill it in with a white polish.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Here we used one from The Face Shop. Peel the tape off and fix any gaps with a narrow brush and more white polish. Don’t worry about making it perfect at this point!

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     With a steady hand apply a line of shiny red between the blue and white sections, like the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Forever Festive (185).

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     And that’s it! Four steps is all it takes to create this festive look, and the result is outstanding. Finish by cleaning up with a soaked cotton swap and applying a clear top coat (any of the Sally Hansen variety will do). Then, light a sparkler – you’re ready to go!

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     So simple, yet so pretty! Big thanks to Jessica and Jennifer for their help.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

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4 responses to “Tutorial: Easy 4th of July Nails

  1. What a festive tutorial! I am really digging the red, white and blue glitter. Going to keep my eye peeled for some. Off to light some fireworks soon! Cheers Gil!

    • Thank you, Lolo! I think we’re going to work on new tutorials, this one was so much fun! 🙂 Hope you had a lovely 4th of July.

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