Tuesday, November 3, 2015

America: Red, White, and Burgers

This year, when deciding what to do for my Fourth of July manicure, I fondly recalled the two looks that I did last year (Stenciled Star Gradient and America the Glittery). This year, I wanted to do something a little more challenging but with the same amount of awesome. I think I succeeded, and I even tried to add a little bit of humor, too!

I obviously wanted to include red, white, and blue in the manicure, but I also wanted to add in some unusual accent nails as well. The first thing that came to mind was a cheeseburger, because what's more 'MURRICAN than a good ol' burger? I like mine with lots of onions and pickles.

Bun: China Glaze Desert Sun
Sesame Seeds: OPI My Vampire Is Buff
Ketchup: American Apparel Downtown LA
Lettuce: China Glaze Gaga for Green
Cheese: China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
Burger: butter LONDON Teetotal
Onion: A mix of China Glaze Grape Pop and Purr-fect Plum

Blue jeans are pretty American, too, so I tried to create a denim pocket as my second accent nail. I started with a base of China Glaze First Mate, and then used a rough sponge to add a layer of China Glaze Secret Periwinkle. I did one more sponged layer of First Mate and finally one last layer of Secret Periwinkle to create that perfect denim finish.

I painted the stitching on with white polish and added the rivets in Essie Good As Gold.

The last details are the stars and stripes! The stripes were painted on with American Apparel Downtown LA, & the stars have China Glaze Splish Splash as the centers and American Apparel Mount Royal as the outlines.

I got a little lazy when it came to doing my right hand... Sean totally called me out on it! But whatever, I like they way they look together and it fits with the two accent nail theme. The pointer is wearing Jindie Nails Blue Ivy and the glitter on the thumb is an old Milani Jewel FX.

Happy Fourth everyone, be safe!

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