Pride Month mani-pedi

I like to paint my nails yellow around graduation time each year, and you can see prior yellow mani-pedi posts here and here. (Why yellow? Because yellow/gold is one of my college’s school colors AND because “lemon yellow” is the color of master’s hoods in library science.)

This year, when I was getting ready to paint my nails yellow, I realized that I had most of the colors of the LGBT+ rainbow flag, and I could incorporate the rainbow colors into my mani-pedi. I thought it would be a fun way to show that I’m an LGBT+ ally during Pride Month.

I kept the base color yellow for consistency, but I tried out different techniques for my fingernails and toenails. The rainbow colors really pop against the yellow, don’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi


For the manicure, I kept all my fingernails yellow (three coats to get the opaqueness) but painted the ring finger on my left hand with rainbow stripes. I started at the base, painting the purple stripe, followed by a blue stripe, a green stripe, and topping things off with the red tripe. I just free-handed the stripes, so things did get messy (and I forgot to take a pic of the messiness, sorry!), and it took a while to clean up the edges.

Another look at my manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi


For the pedicure, I painted on three coats of the yellow base coat. Then I free-handed the tips, starting at the pinky toe with the pink, and then purple, blue, green, and the thicker red stripe on the big toes.

And a full look at my pedicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi

This was a really fun mani-pedi to do. Once I commit to doing my nails, I like to binge-watch a TV series (in this case, I binged on the BBC Victoria series, Season 1) while I am waiting for things to dry. That’s the most tedious part of doing nails, the drying, so it’s good to distract oneself by watching something! 😉

Looking at the final result, I think I prefer the rainbow-colored tips on the pedicure. I think next time I will try rainbow-colored moons for a manicure. What do y’all think? Please leave a comment and share!

Nail polishes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi, nail polishes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi, nail polishes


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