Hopefully everyone is having a great day and a fabulous start to 2013! I've been super busy the last three weeks getting the Store fully functioning -- make sure you stop by and check it out! I finally have that task completed, so you should start seeing more frequent posts.
Today I'm sharing an American Flag nail art design that I've been meaning to post since I uploaded the picture back in July of 2011 -- now talk about fashionably late!! This creation was inspired by Sinful's "Show Your Colors" Fourth of July display (click here to check out the display pic via Nouveau Cheap).
The one thing I love about this design besides the fact its incredibly easy and super cute, you can wear it on so many holidays -- Memorial, Veteran's, 4th of July, Labor, President's, Election and so many more!
Supplies I used: Nubar base and top coat, Wet n Wild Writings on the Wall (red), Milani White Canvas (nail art striper), Sinful Nail Art Striper in Blue (shimmery blue) and a dotting tool.
Step 1: After applying a base coat, start with any cherry red creme. Paint 2-3 coats or until opacity is achieved. Let completely dry.
Step 2 is perhaps the most challenging step of the entire design. Using Nail Art Polish or a striper paint brush dipped in white paint and draw horizontal stripes from cuticle to free edge. Let dry.
TIP If your lines aren't perfect, no worries - cleanup is a sinch! Just take the opposite color, in this case it's Wet n Wild Writings on the Wall (the red), and use the same method as we did to create the stripes to correct them. Voilà, nearly perfect!
Step 3: Using a shimmery or navy blue polish and paint your nail tip straight across. If your polish isn't very opaque, you can always paint a white line first so it won't bleed through (like mine did). Let dry.
Step 4: If you have mad skills and would like to freehand mini stars or possibly use a Konad stamping plate, it would look fantastic instead of dots! But, I took the easy road out and used my favorite dotting tool to create white polka dots. You can also line the dots straight across like the original design.
Let dry and add a final glossy top coat.
This is by far one of my favorite patriotic nail art designs, and it looks much cuter in person like most nail art! If you're not into the whole nail art thing, this would also be perfect for an accent nail.
What do you think of this Flag design? Is it something you would attempt in the future? If you do, please give me a shout out - I would love to see!