It’s almost that time again – time to celebrate the 4th July – Independence Day. And no, we’re not talking about the movie, we’re talking about the day itself – the big patriotic, All-American day.
If you want to celebrate with style, you can’t forget your nails but luckily, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Here are 31 patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July:
1. Metallic, American Flag Inspired Nails
Metallics are perfect for capturing the patriotic essence of these nails but they can wreak havoc with your natural nails if you’re not careful. Using glitter over and over again can cause the nails to become starved of oxygen and this will leave them brittle, dry and damaged. In turn, they may break, bend or even flake. To prevent this, add a base coat before adding glitter, and always give your nails time to breathe between manicures every now and again.
2. French Tip + American Flag Accent Nail
For something super simple, just make a change to one of your nails. The rest of them can be the natural manicure you’d normally have (the additional glitter along the tip is optional obviously), but one nail gets the patriotic treatment. This American flag nail is actually super easy to recreate yourself, and nail pens can make life easier if you’re not handy with a nail brush. If all else fails, you could always just opt for nail wraps. They’re super simple and super easy to use.
3. Toe Nail Design for the 4th of July
Don’t forget about your tootsies! If your 4th July outfit contains scrappy sandals, or the kind of footwear where your toes are on show, you need to make sure your nails match the rest of the outfit otherwise you’re just not finished. One of the easiest ways to make your toe nails 4th July friendly is to paint them different colors – the colors of the American flag. Red, white and blue are obvious choices, and the rhinestones really help to add some more sparkle to the occasion.
4. Cute Nail Art Idea
Technically we’re all getting it wrong. If you’re to believe the author, Kenneth C. Davis, the real Indepdance Day actually falls on July 2nd but it wasn’t until two days later, July 4th, that Jefferson’s declaration was accepted by congress. Whatever day it is, we know this much – these amazing patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July are rocking our world. Is it too soon to book a nail appointment?
5. Flag Tips with a Pop of Gold
If you normally have colored tips, stay with colored tips but for your 4th July celebrations, add a little patriotic flag to the top with just the right hint of gold to separate the two. You could easily use the red and blue to go over existing white tips, something that’ll make it super quick and easy for you, and you can just remove the color and go back to white tips again when the day is done. Simple!
6. Easy Nail Design
America is actually not the only place that Independence Day is celebrated and the reason for this is because so many people from America emigrated to other parts of the globe throughout the years. If you happen to spot some cool patriotic nails at the beginning of July in Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Denmark or England, there’s a good chance you’re standing next to someone with American ancestry.
7. 4th of July Nail Design for Long Nails
If you have long nails, you have the perfect base for some of these patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July. You have more space on the nail which gives you more opportunity to play around. We love that these nails are all slightly different, some with the flag and some with stars and stripes. These could be our favorites. Are they yours?
8. Red, White and Blue Nails
Matte nails are very much in right now, and so are textured nails. That’s what makes these glittered and textured 4th July nails so perfect. You can use a matte clear polish over the top of your regular colors if you don’t want to go out and buy specific red, white and blue glitter.
9. Star Nail Design
Embellishments and decals are a great way to cheat when you don’t have a steady hand. These stars, for example, would have taken hours to hand paint for most of us, but with a sheet of decals, these nails take just a few moments to recreate. Start with a white base. Using a red nail pen, rather than a brush, flick it across the nail to create this ombre look, and when that red layer has dried, stick your blue star decals or transfers over the top. Make sure you finish it all with a gloss coat and you’re good to go.
10. Fireworks Nail Design
It was Thomas Jefferson who first held a celebration of sorts to mark the occasion of Independence Day at the White House. If you’re planning on celebrating yourself, don’t forget your hands – these patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July will work perfectly.