The 30 Best 4th of July Nail Designs That Are Classy (and Not at All Tacky)
A good mani is the cherry on top of any holiday dressing, and Independence Day is no exception. Whether you prefer a starry print or are ready to get creative with shapes, lines and jewels, here are 30 patriotic 4th of July nail art ideas to inspire your summer designs.
1. Bedazzled Stars
Upgrade your basic mani with a fun 3D design. First, choose a base coat before dropping a small dot of nail glue or resin onto the area you want to place the star. Use tweezers to lay the it on top of the glue and press down for a few minutes. If you prefer gel, just place the gem, swipe on a clear gel and put your nails into your UV gel lamp to secure the design.
4. Modern French
Switch up this classic by putting white at the base of the nail and red at the tip. You can even change the shape of the tip with striping tape or a brush to make it look even more custom.
5. White Moon Shape
This curvy design is a fun take on summer whites. Grab some stripping tape or a small brush to achieve the half-moon shape, and leaving enough space to make a few arches of varying widths on each finger.
Get the design: Nail art striper polish ($5)
6. Nude with Stars
Stars are a go-to pattern for this festive holiday, but they don’t have to feel run-of-the-mill. After applying a nude coat of polish or two, use a thin brush to draw stars in red, then again in blue. (Tip: To create the stars, make tiny triangles and connect them together. Here’s a tutorial.)
11. Polka Dots
What better way to wear your cute polka dot summer dress than with a mani to match? A nail dotting tool, a toothpick or a bobby pin will do the trick. Dip the tool into your nail polish and start dotting it onto your nails.
12. Blue Glitter
Fireworks aren’t the only thing shimmering on the 4th. Find a glittery polish in a single shade that keeps your nails shining bright all day.
Get the design: Essie glitter polish ($7)
16. Star Stickers
If the thought of drawing freaks you out and jewels aren’t really your thing, stickers are a great alternative to get creative. Just peel the sticker off, apply it onto your nail and set with a topcoat. Have fun with the placement—sometimes it’s more interesting if every nail doesn’t match.
17. Outline Accents
Stay minimalistic and focus on the outer edges of your nails only, providing a splash color with an extra thin brush. You can even accentuate the borders with tiny “twinkling” white dots that will make people do a double-take.
19. Patriotic Banners
Raise your flag nails up in the air with this adorable banner art. First, start with a bright blue base coat before doing small circle strokes to create the clouds. Once you're satisfied with your summer sky, draw a curved line and three small triangles. Finally, finish off with any designs inside the small flags.
20. Patterned Tips
Who said a french mani has to be simple? Step out of the box and play with patterns to create an artistic flag effect. We especially love the way this looks on round or almond-shaped nails, which you can create yourself at home using a file.
21. Color Block Hearts
Hey, they’re not just for Valentine’s Day. Use a thin brush to outline the shape, then color it in with more polish. If you’re not comfortable with freehand, consider using paper, tape or even a bandaid to keep your lines clean. Watch the tutorial for more tips on this design.
23. Vertical Stripes
Upgrade the traditional flag design using a striping brush to create parallel lines of each color. Start by painting your entire nail red, then paint two white stripes. Use a deep blue to create an even thinner line to the right of each white stripe. As always, finish with a clear top coat to make your hard work last.
24. White Grid
Doesn’t this remind you of summer picnics, only more subtle? Draw vertical and horizontal lines across your nails on top of a clear base for a simplistic but stunning look. The key: Make sure your lines are evenly spaced.
Tie-dye is everywhere right now, so why not continue the trend on your nails? Add a drop of red, white or blue polish into a bowl of cool water before adding a few drops of the next color, and then again with the last color. Grab a toothpick and swirl the polishes together until it looks like tie-dye. Finally, dip your nail into the polish and slowly lift it out to transfer the pattern onto your nail. If you have the patience for it, do all ten fingers! If not, one accent nail on each hand is just as trendy.
28. Tri-Color Florals
Let summer flowers bloom...right onto your nails. Stickers, stamps or a drawing can be done to showcase the season’s florals, and creating them in red, white and blue keeps them on theme for the holiday. Check out this tutorial to design your very own flower.
Get the design: Nail stamp plates ($19)
30. Variety Mix
Do you like polka dots, negative space or all of the above? Don't limit your palette—go ahead and combine different designs together. You might be surprised how cool it turns out.