Since we always sing that America is the land of the free and home of the brave, the expression of nationalism is welcome any time, any day. Rock it with your outfit, from the tips of your fingernails to the tips of your toes with patriotic nail designs.
There is no need to wait for the 4th of July or election day to demonstrate your spirit of nationalism. Painting your nails with patriotic designs can be as simple as 1, 2, 3 with the right guide and materials.
And, so, here are patriotic nail art ideas you can sport, special holiday or not.
Patriotic Nail Designs in the Spirit of Blue, Red, and White
1. Tie-Dye Patriotic Nail Design
Since it’s American history and independence you’re giving a hat tip to, we’re starting this list with this throwback design. With a base coat and a white nail polish, you’ll be starting this 60s fashion trend.
You also need these art materials to get creative with these tie-dye nails:
- Parchment paper
- Red and blue Sharpie
- Brush with a pointed tip
- Rubbing alcohol
2. Simply Nautical
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Here’s a nail art idea that’s both refreshing and nostalgic—red, white, and blue nail polish on a clean canvas. Try it for a neat expression of patriotism.
Tip: Don’t limit yourself to regular polish. Aim higher by opting for matte, gel, or acrylic nail polish. Not only do they last longer, but they also give a more classic feel to your babies.
3. The Power of Stripes
A sporty outfit goes well with these patriotic nails of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal stripes. You can make things easier for you by purchasing nail art stickers like the example above, or you can get meticulous and DIY!
Prepare your nail polish and strategically place tapes as you paint, to do alternating colors. Then paint your pinky with stars using the “A” technique to highlight your stripes!
“A” Technique Definition: A nail art shortcut done by drawing the letter ‘A’ using a brush or dotting tool before filling in the center to create a star
4. Stars, Stripes, Sparkles
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It’s always smart to play with texture, especially when you’re designing nails. This design is a creative and patriotic way to sport nail glitter, paint, tape, and stickers altogether.
5. Pink Patriotic Nails
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Don’t feel like doing the colors of the US flag? This cute nail art keeps things pink and puffy for a sweet-themed or pastel-colored outfit.
6. Patriotic Ombre
Ombre has become a hair trend in recent years, and it’s also now a nail art technique. With a sponge and glittery clear nail polish, you’re bound to make nail magic.
Ombre Definition: A French term that means shadow or shade. It is a two-toned color effect (dark to light).
7. Patriotic French Tips
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Take French tips up a notch by using glitter on your nail edges. Design your ring finger with rhinestones and transparent nail stickers and add tiny hearts to your other fingernails for added accent.
8. US Flag Nails
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Express your love for our country through fashion and beauty with the most obvious symbol: American flag nails. To make them, you need a few basic tools for nail art:
- Slim tip paintbrush (Or use the brush that comes with your polish.)
- Gel nail polish (Use the hot shades of red, white, and blue for better visuals.)
- Base and topcoat
9. Patriotic Matte Nails
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Here’s another patriotic nail art that plays with texture. Combining a sticker, a matte polish, and the shimmer of glitter polish, your nails can match both casual and party get-ups.
10. Patriotic Leopard Prints
A dotting tool (or toothpick) and black liquid eyeliner will create the whole feel of this feisty nail art. Use a glitter silver base color for a stronger spunk.
Dotting Tool Definition: A nail art tool used for marbling and adding dots. It can also be used to pick up and apply stickers and other embellishments.
11. Metallic Polish
This one is for those who like to keep their vibe edgy. For this design, you can keep things simple and use metallic nail polish available in stores. But you can also DIY the whole thing and do mirror chrome gel nail art!
12. Polka Party Nails
They say there is art in simplicity. White polka dots on red and blue nails express exactly this.
It’s so simple, you can create the texture and design with any type of nail polish and need no other tool.
13. Patriotic Texture Play
As I said before, playing with texture is always a good idea. This is one of those patriotic nail designs that combines shimmer, glitter, cracks, and 3D gems on red, blue, and white canvases.
How to do a cracked nail art design:
- Base coat
- Nail polish color of your choice
- Crackle nail polish of your choice (You need acrylic paint and a brush if this is not available.)
- Start by painting your nails with a base coat. This helps prevent your nails from turning yellow, and ensures a smooth application and better setting of the nail polish.
- Once your base coat has dried, apply your chosen color. Let it dry.
- If you have crackle nail polish: Apply your crackle nail polish and let dry.
- If you’re using acrylic paint: Add another layer of base coat to your polish. While waiting for it to dry, dilute a drop of acrylic paint with water. Once your base coat has set, apply the diluted acrylic paint using a brush—watch it create a marbling or cracking effect on its own as it dries.
- Lastly, apply top coating using your base coat. Once it dries, your nails are all pretty!
14. Female Captain Americas
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If you’re someone who loves comics, movies, and the US of A, this is THE nail design idea for you—Captain America nail art! It literally screams ‘America!’
You can also try Wonder Woman nails to be genuinely feminine.
15. Bubbly Like Champagne Patriotic Sparkles
Toast to freedom with nails that shine like champagne bubbles. All you need are the basic steps of nail polish application and round glitter, and you’re all set!
The true meaning of nationalism goes beyond party looks and fireworks. The expression of nationalism is welcome any time, any day.
Rock it with your outfit, from the tips of your fingernails to the tips of your toes, literally! Have fun, sweeties!
Have you decided on which of the patriotic nail designs you’ll do for mani and/or pedi? Tell us which one in the comments below!
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