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Amazing red, white and blue nail art

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

While these three manicures aren't patriotic in design, their colors are bursting with national pride.

Glam dots

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Supplies:

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

  • Essie's Butler Please
  • Essie's Blanc
  • OPI's Color So Hot It Berns
  • Dotting tool
  • Crystals

Instructions:

Begin with a red base coat.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Using your dotting tool, place 3 white dots down the center of each nail.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Place a crystal on each finger's middle dot.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Using the smaller end of the dotting tool, place a blue dot in the center of the remaining dots.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Striped and dotted

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Supplies:

  • Essie's Blanc
  • OPI's Color So Hot It Berns
  • Essie's Butler Please
  • Red and blue striping tape
  • Dotting tool

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Instructions:

Begin with a white base coat.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Cut a piece of red striping tape and place it down the side of your nail, trimming at the bottom.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Repeat for each nail, alternating colors.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Using your dotting tool, fill in the smaller space to the side of the tape with small dots in the corresponding color. Let dry and apply a top coat.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Faded through

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Supplies:

  • Essie's Butler Please
  • Essie's Blanc
  • PaintFab's Red Hot Mama
  • Q-tips
  • Nail polish remover

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Instructions:

Begin with 2 coats of red for your base coat.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Paint white over it, let dry, and paint blue over that.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

You'll now have 3 layers of color.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

Dip a Q-tip in nail polish remover and rub away the nail polish in one spot until you reach the red layer. Use the other clean side of the Q-tip and repeat, making different faded spots on all the nails. Follow with top coat.

Fun designs with patriotic undertones

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