Patriotic Manicures: The Ultimate Guide

Patriotic Manicures 2014As I was prepping to do this post I counted no less than 25 America inspired manicures on The Daily Varnish. We’re talking manicures for everything from Election Day to the World Cup.

Since the 4th of July holiday is quickly approaching I picked out some of my favorite America themed manis from over the years as well as 3 patriotic manicures I’ve yet to share on the blog.

For the long Independence Day weekend I’m heading to Blowing Rock. My family has been vacationing in Blowing Rock for years. It’s a cute touristy town in the North Carolina mountains. It’s going to be nice to get out of the city and enjoy some cooler weather and time outdoors!

After you check out the manicures under the jump make sure and leave a comment with what you’re doing for the holiday weekend!


Sally Hansen Red, White & Hue and Sterling Silver bottles Sally Hansen Red, White & Hue and Sterling Silver Sally Hansen Red, White & Hue and Sterling Silver swatch2 Sally Hansen Red, White & Hue and Sterling Silver swatch

This is a manicure I did for one of the US soccer matches during the World Cup. If you have the right polishes this is super simple. I used Sally Hansen Color Foil in Sterling Silver as a base and topped it with Sally Hansen Color Frenzy in Red, White & Hue.

The key to this manicure is using matte glitter over a metallic base. That way the red, white and blue glitter really stand out.

The glitter polish I used for this manicure is almost identical to FingerPaints Red, White & Hue (no, that’s not a typo…the 2 polishes have the same name!). The big difference between the two polishes is the base. The clear base in the Sally Hansen is really thick and bubbles pretty obviously on the nails.

deborah lippmann Patriotic Polka Dots Barielle Patriotic Polka Dots Sally Hansen Patriotic Polka Dots


I must admit I love this manicure. LOVE! The inspiration came from the Vanessa Hudgens inspired manicure I did ages ago. For a base I used deborah lippmann Pseudo Silk Kimono and then used Sally Hansen Batbano Blue and Barielle Miami Heat and a dotting tool to create the polka dots.

I love the simplicity of this manicure. The red and blue polka dots really pop against the semi-matte, white base.

Firework Manicure NYC Firework Manicure Sally Hansen Firework Manicure

This manicure is totally cheating. I wanted to do a fireworks manicure but I really didn’t want to actually have to attempt to draw fireworks on my nails. So, instead, I used glitter.

For a base I used Sally Hansen Batbano Blue. I then did one coat of NYC Starry Silver. To create the “fireworks” I used the bar glitter in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Icing and placed them on a nail with a toothpick.

I like the way this turned out and it was much easier (and less time consuming!) than other fireworks designs.


For info on the follow manis just click on the picture!


Finger Paints Red, White & Hue manicure

Patriotic Scalloped Tips Essie

Patrotic Polka Dot Tips wet n wild

Fourth of July Manicure OPI

Missy Franklin Nails

Patriotic Acid Wash OPI

Memorial Day Nail Art Essie

Firecracker Popsicle Nails

China Glaze Memorial Day Manicure



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