Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone has the day off and gets to spend some fun in the sun with friends and family! One of my best friends is having a barbeque at her house and we're going to swim and eat all day! I'm stoked! Still don't know where I'm going to watch fireworks but I guess that's to be determined later on.
I created two looks in the spirit of Independence Day. Both manis featured Zoya Liberty (matte blue sparkle PixieDust), OPI An Affair in Red Square (amazing red shimmer), and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
For this first mani, I was going for a more literal American flag. I used striping tape to create the lines. But man, do I dislike striping tape. It just takes so much precision, patience, and time. All of which I don't have too much. I prefer freehanding lines, even if they don't turn out perfect. As usual, I was too impatient to wait for the red polish to completely dry before putting on top coat. So of course the lines smudged. I definitely wasn't surprised. I like how this turned out - it's so patriotic and I think Liberty makes the whole mani really pop. But I had no desire to repeat the striping tape process on my right hand, so my thumb, pointer, and middle fingers were quickly met with acetone after I took this picture. I also didn't do any cleanup... sorry for the messiness!
Here's the second look. No striping tape required. Much easier. Not quite as patriotic, but satisfactorily festive.
Isn't Liberty so pretty?? I'm obsessed.
I hope that you all have an amazing day!