Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Three years ago, I posted an easy 4th of July manicure, and it has proved a perennially popular post. I decided to update it for this year’s Independence Day holiday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Here’s my original manicure from July 2012. The main idea was to paint my nails with silver, with one ring fingernail painted red and the other red fingernail painted blue. All three polishes are metallic, so there was a bit of shimmer to perk everything up! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Easy 4th of July manicure

I updated the manicure this year by substituting the silvery polish with a clear sparkle polish. The ring fingers I kept red and blue. And yes, I painted my left ring finger red and my right ring finger blue on purpose, so that when I look at my hands, it reads “red, white, and blue.”

I loved how the sparkle polish (Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate“) actually has multi-colored metallic bits in it. When it catches the light, it’s like an explosion of color — it reminds me of fireworks! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

I first applied the clear sparkle polish, two coats apiece. I then did two coats of the red on my left ring finger, and then two coats of the blue on my right ring finger. What pulled everything together was applying a thin coat of the sparkle polish on top of the red and blue nails. I finished everything off with the Seche Vite quick-dry topcoat.

The main thing is to let each coat dry. This is always a given, but it’s especially important with metallic polishes, as they tend to get very gloopy and uneven because of the extra texture mixed into the polish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Here are the polishes I used for updating my easy 4th of July manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Details:  Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate” {exact} //  Revlon in “Frankly Scarlet” {no longer sold but this Orly “Crimson” shade is very similar}  //  Finger Paints in “Artistic Azure” {can’t find online but this Orly “Royal” shade is very similar}  //  Seche Vite dry fast topcoat {exact}

You could do a similar manicure by switching out the colors for your ring fingers — or go with just one bright color for the ring fingers, instead of two different colors.

What do you think of this updated take on my easy 4th of July manicure? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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8 thoughts on “Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

  1. jennie (@jennieshaw)

    Oooo! So pretty! Negative space manis are so hot right now (why do I always feel like I’m in Zoolander when I say that? ha!) so having the clear sparkles instead of the silver has totally updated your original! Love!

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