Friday, July 1, 2011

Fourth of July Mani

I know this is a few days early, but I will be busy all weekend so you guys get it NOW!!

This mani was the result of one of those frustrating nail sessions where NOTHING is working. I tried to do TWO Fourth of July manis last night, and hated them both. So I took both of them off and waited until this morning to try again, which was a lot more successful. This took a LONG time for me to do -- I can usually get a mani done in about 30 minutes (base color and some sort of art) but this took me FOREVER. But it's worth it :)

And so begins the process...

The endless supply of supplies... le sigh

I started with a base coat of Nail Envy. Then I alternated painting my nails navy blue and red using China Glaze First Mate and Zoya Sooki (aka THE MOST PERFECT 4TH OF JULY POLISHES EVER!). I applied a coat of Seche Vite over the bases. I then used a white striper to make the lines on the thumbs and pinkies. The stars on my pointer and ring fingers were made using a tiny brush and white acrylic paint. They were hard to do. Especially on my right hand...which is why you don't get to see it :) For the fireworks (that's what's on my middle finger if you couldn't tell), I used blue and white acrylic paints to make the sparks. I used silver and gold stripers in the fireworks too, and finished it up with a blue gemstone in the middle. End with another coat of Seche Vite. PHEW! That was a lot of work. Hope you like!

That's totally my graduation "medal" or whatever you call it from high school :)

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL and safe holiday (for those of you in the states..). The rest of you can have a good weekend too ;)



  1. This looks great for 4th of July!!! I wanted to tell you I nominated you for some awards!

  2. Really cute! I love the firework!:)

  3. soooo PERFECT!!!

    have a great 4th of july

  4. So cute! I just started my 4th of July mani and hopefully it turns out as good as yours (I also used Zoya Sooki, such a great red). I may borrow your firework idea if you don't mind. Love it!


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