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Star Spangled Fingers for July Fourth: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

There’s no better time than a holiday to go all out on your nails, and the Fourth of July is no exception. The simple color scheme plus the iconic stars, stripes, and sparkles that go along with the day translate so well into nail art. I just couldn’t resist. Here’s what I’ll be wearing on Wednesday:

1. Begin by gathering your supplies. I chose RGB Too Red, Kure Bazaar Mon Bleu, and a white nail art pen/brush from Models Own. If you don’t have a nail art brush, you can use an angled eyeliner brush, a Q-tip, or a paper clip to apply the white stripes. I also grabbed OPI Crown Me Already, a very chunky silver glitter. You’ll also need a Q-tip or small brush to apply the glitter.

2. Paint your nails with red polish, except for a “status nail” on each hand, which you’ll paint blue.

3. Using your nail art brush or other tool, paint thin diagonal lines of white polish across each red nail. It’s okay if they aren’t perfect—they’ll still look great even if your lines are a little shaky.

4. To create “stars,” collect a piece of glitter on your Q-tip and apply it to your blue nail, adding more glitter pieces until you’re happy with the look. If your glitter isn’t as chunky as mine, painting your full nail with sparkly polish will give a similar effect.

To finish off, dip a small brush or a Q-tip in remover to clean up around the edges, and then add some shine with a glossy top coat. Now you’re ready to enjoy a barbeque and fireworks in true Independence Day style!

For even more mani magic from Anna, check out the rest of her nail art tutorials here.

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