Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Happy 4th of July to all my American followers!!!  I'm loving all the patriotic manicures that have been appearing on my reading page for the past few days!!!! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays, mainly because of the food!  Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon...yuummm.  It's so delicious.  Then on top of it all, we end the night with carnivals and fireworks.  Can't get much better.

After I did a simple flag manicure for Memorial Day inspired by @Arlyn531, I needed to come up with something different for the 4th.  I couldn't do the same thing, but I figured if the idea became a disasticure, I would just go back and copy the Memorial Day nails and never post them or just post them as a comparison.

This thought came into my head shortly after Memorial Day.  I didn't want simple flags, or just plain red, white, and blue nails, I wanted something else.  Something festive, and something which reminded me of the 4th itself.  What better than fireworks?!

Luckily though, I do not believe that my nails turned into a disasticure....let's take a look.

Colors Used:

  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Midnight Blue
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Fireworks 
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
    • Sinful Colors - Sugar, Sugar
    • Sally Hansen - Celeb City
  • Flag
    • Sinful Colors - Sugar, Sugar
    • Sinful Colors - Midnight Blue
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Top Coat
    • Out the Door

This was actually a simple manicure, which pleasantly surprised me. For the flag, I stripped on the red lines, then with a tooth pick outlined a blue area and filled it in. With my dotting tool, I dotted on some white dots to represent the stars.

The fireworks were completely done with a striper brush which I dipped in each individual polish. I first swiped some white polish in a waterfall looking way as an outline. Once that was dried, I striped on some red polish in the same way. To make them shimmery like a firework, I added some Celeb City - my go to silver polish. I have a lil complaint about the fireworks. I believe I dragged the striper too far down, making the lines too thick. I wanted them to be more pointed at the ends, which I was able to accomplish with the red, and definitely the silver. The white lines I think are what bugged me the most. If the silver wasn't on there, I would not have been happy with them at all!

I'm going to try fireworks again, most likely for New Years, so stay tuned for that. I'll probably practice them a lot beforehand as well. They're kinda fun! Maybe a I'm not going to spill my idea will all just have to wait...

I hope you all have a blessed, safe, and Happy 4th of July!!!!


  1. Woohoo! These came out so great!! I love how you did the fireworks :)

  2. OMG! Your nails look FABULOUS!!!! If there is anyway you can do a video tutorial on how to do the fireworks, so many of us would LOVE that!! I have wanted to do fireworks so many times but didn't want a disastercure! I figure Konad was the only way that I would be able to do fireworks... Teach us, WISE one! LOL! They look awesome!!! Thank you for the GREAT post LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!
    YAY for great nails!!!!! <3

    1. you are beyond sweet! thank you!!! i may attempt to venture into the big world of video tutorials. I feel like i may mess them up...hmmm I could always attempt.

  3. These are really pretty! You did an amazing job!

    Samantha (Nail Art Couture)
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  4. love love love the fireworks!!!!!!! u are so talented & creative girl....guess u didn't like my 4th of july nails on Aves blog :(


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