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.
Start with two coats of a shiny blue nail colour of your choice.
Jessica used China Glaze’s Frostbite, but a great alternative is Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Saved By The Blue (230C).
The real star of this easy and fun ‘cure is a nail polish from Hard Candy, a brand sold exclusively (and appropriately!) in Walmart.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
So simple, yet so pretty! Big thanks to Jessica and Jennifer for their help.