When the holidays come it's fun to get into the spirit with your accessories, which is why patriotic nail ideas are so much fun when Independence Day comes. It might seem like summer just got started, but it won't be long until we're celebrating our nation's birthday. If you want to get into the spirit of the 4th of the July, try any (or all) of these fantastic patriotic nail art ideas and you'll be the star of the show. You're going to love them all so much you may have trouble deciding which one to try this year. Have fun!
1 Metallic, American Flag Inspired Nails
Metallics are perfect for capturing the patriotic essence of these nails but they can wreak havoc with your natural nails if you’re not careful.
2 French Tip + American Flag Accent Nail
For something super simple, just make a change to one of your nails. The rest of them can be the natural manicure you’d normally have (the additional glitter along the tip is optional obviously), but one nail gets the patriotic treatment.
3 Toe Nail Design for the 4th of July
Don’t forget about your tootsies! If your 4th July outfit contains scrappy sandals, or the kind of footwear where your toes are on show, you need to make sure your nails match the rest of the outfit otherwise you’re just not finished.
4 Cute Nail Art Idea
Technically we’re all getting it wrong. If you’re to believe the author, Kenneth C. Davis, the real Indepdance Day actually falls on July 2nd but it wasn’t until two days later, July 4th, that Jefferson’s declaration was accepted by congress.
5 Flag Tips with a Pop of Gold
If you normally have colored tips, stay with colored tips but for your 4th July celebrations, add a little patriotic flag to the top with just the right hint of gold to separate the two.
6 Easy Nail Design
America is actually not the only place that Independence Day is celebrated and the reason for this is because so many people from America emigrated to other parts of the globe throughout the years.
7 4th of July Nail Design for Long Nails
If you have long nails, you have the perfect base for some of these patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July. You have more space on the nail which gives you more opportunity to play around.
8 Red, White and Blue Nails
Matte nails are very much in right now, and so are textured nails. That’s what makes these glittered and textured 4th July nails so perfect.
9 Star Nail Design
Embellishments and decals are a great way to cheat when you don’t have a steady hand. These stars, for example, would have taken hours to hand paint for most of us, but with a sheet of decals, these nails take just a few moments to recreate.
10 Fireworks Nail Design
It was Thomas Jefferson who first held a celebration of sorts to mark the occasion of Independence Day at the White House.
11 Stars and Stripes Toe Nail Design
If you can’t fit the stars and stripes on one nail, for example – your toenails, why not separate them, different bits for different nails?
12 Polka Dot Nails
Dotticure is a great new mani-method that gives you a brand new way to achieve some pretty fantastic effects. We love the way that the tiny dots have been used here to recreate the American flag – red, white and blue.
13 Glittery Nails
The oldest 4th July celebration started in 1785 in Rhode Island, Bristol to be exact. If you want to celebrate in style (and show off your patriotic nails for the 4th July), you should head here to see the parades, marching bands, and more, all traditional in celebrating Independence Day.
14 Stripes and Stars with a Pop of Glitter
We love these ones, in perfect patriotic keeping with the occasion. It almost makes us want to walk around singing “My, my Miss American Pie”!
15 Simple Design for Short Nails
Just because you have short nails doesn’t mean you can’t rock some super sassy 4th July patriotic ones. We also love the fact that these nails haven’t gone with the traditional deep, royal blue color.
16 Red & White French Tip + Flag Accent Nails
These patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July are super sassy and super fabulous, a great way of having the good old American flag on your nails without making it too much.
17 Eye-Catching Pedicure Design
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – don’t forget about your toes. One way to get a beautiful look like this with minimal muss and fuss is to use nail wraps – a very clever way of decorating your nails without all the hassle involved.
18 Cute Disney Nails
If you’re looking for more cute than serious, we’d highly recommend these adorable Donald Duck nails, combining two design ideas together – patriotism with the American flag, and Disney with that cute little duck.
19 Cool Ombre Design
What a cool wear to wear your nails for the 4th July? We love the blue ombre look on these nails, completed with those patriotic stars over the top.
20 Easy DIY Design
For an easy DIY design, one that you won’t need to wait for an appointment, why not look at these patriotic nail color ideas for the 4th July? The idea is very simple – one-color nails but with a few little additions to make it a little more Independence Day themed.
21 Matching Mommy Daughter Nails
How cute is this idea? If you’re going to paint your nails, why not paint your daughter’s nails too? Or if you’re not impressed with the idea of painting your daughters nails, using nail wraps instead.
22 3D Star Accent Nail
And for those days when you have barely any time on your hands, leave the nails a simple, one-tone color like this beautiful blue, and use embellishments or rhinestones to create a look over the top.
23 Sparkly Pedicure Design
We simple love the big toe nail on this design, an American flag made up of tiny little dots. Take a closer look – those are metallic silvery / white, red and blue dots in lines to recreate the flag look.
24 Glittery Red, White, and Blue Nails
Or to keep things as simple as you possible can, have one-tone, one-color nails but each one a different nail. Red, white and blue are obviously great colors to mix and match for this patriotic look, but you could go for different finishes and effects.
25 French Tip with a Twist
What a fabulous idea? It’s not a traditional 4th July nail look but that doesn’t mean it won’t work. In fact, we quite like these dotty-tipped little numbers, once again not using that traditional blue you would normally expect to find on an Independence day themed look.
26 American Flag Inspired Design for Long Nails
There’s something really pretty about long nails and although they’re not overly practical, they sure help when you want to come up with new and interesting nail designs like these.
27 Blue Glitter + Red & White Stars
If you want an easy way to get that white star look on your nail, regardless of what color under-coat you’ve gone for, you’ll need to look at using a stencil. You can buy sheets of stencils so that you get a uniform look like this one, and all you need to do is lay the stencil over your nail and use a brush (or we like to use a sponge to give an unfinished / vintage effect) to paint those white star designs in.
28 Stripes + Stars = American Flag Nails
The American flag is the very symbol of the independence celebrated on 4th July, so anything red, white and blue, or stars and stripe-inspired, is a great idea.
29 Stripes & Polka Dots
It’s usually stars and stripes, but what about stripes and spots? We really dig this nail idea – leaving the stars behind and replacing them with white dots instead.
30 Simple Design for Beginners
How about this design? A perfect one for the beginners out there! It’s a clever mix of colors, not quite the traditional red, white and blue but it still works nevertheless, and textured polishes have been used. Didn’t we say that was a big thing right now?
31 Glittery French Manicure + Flag Tip Accent Nail
If you want just the subtlest hint for your patriotic nail ideas for the 4th July, what about this look? It’s a natural nail with silver glitter tips and on just one nail, the silver tip has been replaced by a miniature American flag.
And there you have them – 31 Patriotic Nail Ideas for the 4th of July. Which one do you think you’ll be rocking this year? And what are you going to be wearing on the big day? Let us know!
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