Patriotic 4th of July Manicure Tutorial

Easy 4th of July Manicure nails

With 4th of July on the prowl, I decided to do a quick and easy patriotic manicure that anyway who knows how to paint nail polish on their nails can achieve. Its a scalloped designed that looks more complicated than it really is. All you need to do to achieve this look is apply three layers of polish. The first layer is just a solid coat and the following two layers are painted in descending lines one after another, making sure to leave the color underneath peeking out a but. It is important to also make sure you let the nail polish dry completely before each layer.


[ezcol_1third]Sephora Collection Main/Pedi Travel Kit[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Step 1: Remove any nail polish that may be left from a previous manicure. For this step, I like using the Sephora Instant nail polish remover wipes. Then you will need to clean up your nails and prep them for your mani. I have been using the UBU nail clipper to clip down my nails and then I go in with the Sephora Collection Nail Buffer Block to file shape and smooth may nails. Lastly, I use the UBU Cutiecools to push back and refine my cuticles and buff away excess.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]livingston-zoya-nail-polish[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Step 2: Apply a solid red polish on all nails. For this step I used a red Zoya polish in the color Livingston.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Circus by Andrea's Choice Reverso[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] Step 3: Create a scalloped tip with a white polish by painting descending lines one at a time and leaving some red polish visible. For this, I used Reverso from the Circus by Andrea’s Choice line. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]PACIFICA 7 FREE NAIL COLOR 100% VEGAN CRUELTY-FREE Fantasea[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Step 4: Once the white is dry, add a blue layer over top in the same manner, this time leaving some white polish visible. For this, I used the shade Fantasea from the Pacifica 7 free Nail Color collection. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]DO039-deborah-lippmann-on-a-clear-day-top-coat[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Step 5: Add a top coat like the Debbrah Lippermann ON a Clear Day Top Coat and your finished![/ezcol_2third_end]

See, I told you it was super easy!

I hope you all have a very happy 4th of July!

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    Mary Williamson

    I love this! It looks really complicated (and festive), it’s surprising how easy it is to pull off!


    Shipra Taneja

    Very cute! I love this look and have not attempted it yet, but maybe for 4th of July, I just might! <3

    Christine C.

    Very cute! I need to get a lot better at my nail art techniques, ha!! You did a great job!


      thank you! so do I but this looks like a complicated design when all you do is paint lines in a descending manner lol 😛


    Super cute! Great minds think alike ;). Have a blast this weekend!

    Xo, Michelle

    Chloe Logan

    Those look so good! I can never get my nail designs to look so precise.

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

    jamie @makeuplifelove

    Love love love you have some of the best graphics girl!!! And great mani. Love it. Festive for the 4th!


    I always wondered how people did the scalloped edge on their mani and now I know!

    Ashley P

    Love this mani! It’s so patriotic and classy!

    Cassie Tucker

    I love that Zoya shade that you’re using! The design is so cute 🙂

    Carly Anderson

    Whoa, I love this!!

    Tiffany Curtis

    Definitely one of the easier Fourth of July mani tutorials I have seen 🙂


    I am dying over that mani! SO CUTE!


    This is great! I love it!