Stars ‘n Stripes Nail Art

To all of you nail artists, I wanted to get this blog out in time for the Memorial Day holiday. I don’t know about you, but painting my nails in Red, White and Blue gives me such a patriotic feeling and my friends look forward to seeing what kind of artwork I am going to paint at each holiday. The only problem is… painting those STRAIGHT red and white stripes and those TINY white stars, so I have found a way around the dilemma, at least for me.

Sally Beauty has the most wonderful tool called the Cina Nail Art Pen. This paint pen comes in several colors, so I decided to try it. After reading the directions…yes, I am a directions reader, I discovered that it is water soluble, which is great, because if you don’t like what you just painted, just wipe it away with a damp paper towel. I thought to myself, this may be just the thing I need to paint those stripes that seem to give me such trouble. The ArtClub Nail Art White Rainbow Stars also helped save me a lot of time. So, the following is a design that was quick and easy using these great new discoveries.

Below is the list of supplies you need to complete the look:

Nail Polish Remover
Polish Remover Pads
Clear Base Coat
Bright Red Nail Polish (mine has a metallic sheen to it)
Deep Blue (I used a blue metallic over a navy blue polish)
Cina Nail Art Pen-White
ArtClub Nail Art-White Rainbow Stars
Clear Top Coat

Remove all old nail polish, wash the polish remover off and moisturize your hands. File and buff your nails. Remember to wipe only your nail beds again with remover to cleanse them of the moisturizer, or the polish will not stick. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1: Apply two coats of Red Nail Polish and let dry.

Step 2: Remove the Cina Nail Art Pen (White) from the package, remove the lid and push down on the tip until the paint flows freely, just like a normal paint pen. I used a piece of paper to press the pen against, because the paint will run out at the tip. Blot off the excess paint and begin drawing. The paint flows very well, so you don’t need to press down on your nails. When the pen needs more paint, press down on the paper and blot away the excess and you are ready to go again.

I painted three curved lines on each nail. I thought this was a good way to avoid those straight stripes. As I said before, if you don’t like them, just wipe them off and repaint.  (Now that I look at the photos, I think I should have redone a couple, lol.)

After I was finished with the lines, I filled in one side of the nail tip with the navy blue polish with an overlay of the metallic blue polish. I like a deep blue, so this is how I get it. Let all the polish dry well before going to the next step.

Step 3: Since the paint pen is a water-based paint on top of an enamel-based paint, it takes a few extra minutes to dry, and it is very delicate until you seal it with a topcoat.  Gently apply a clear topcoat and while it is still wet, add some white Rainbow Stars around one of the white curved lines. I used a toothpick to help pick up the small stars and apply them to my nails. After all your nails are finished, apply at least one more clear top coat. Two coats will help the stars stay on better, but it is your choice.

And, there you have it! You’re finished! This is really fast and very patriotic!

This was such a fun design to do and it really takes no time to create it. The Cina Paint Pen is a life saver to me and I plan to use it in more of my nail art designs, and those little stars are just too cute. I hope you give this a try and have a fun and safe holiday.  Until next time….keep those nails covered.

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