Metallic Fourth of July Nail Art

Skip the traditional red, white, and blue this holiday and adorn your digits with shimmery shooting stars and stripes.

Shooting Stars and Stripes

The Fourth of July doesn't always have to be represented in red, white, and blue. Skip the typical July 4th mani and opt for a more neutral and chic palette of white, gold, and silver. We've layered three stripes instead of two for a subtle gradient effect. We've also upgraded stars by leaving them hollow and adding stardust trails. Best yet: You can create this fun mixed-metal flag-inspired design in just six easy steps. 

prep and prime


- base coat

- clear top coat

- white, metallic gold, and metallic silver nail polish

- thin needle brush

- pure acetone

- paper towels

- glass or ceramic dish for cleaning brushes

- disposable palette (such as tinfoil cut into 1- to 2-inch squares)



To start, you will need a clean nail surface to prevent debris. Prime your nails by cleaning the nail plate with a lint-free wipe and pure acetone. Next apply your base coat in thin, even layers. Wait until that's dry, then apply 2 to 3 coats of your white polish for full even coverage. Always coat the tips of your nails and allow each layer to dry completely before applying the next -- this will ensure a long-lasting and properly cured manicure. 


For the design, start with the stripes. Make a small stripe using the gold polish along the tips of 6 of your nails.

layering stripes

Apply a silver line above the gold, but make sure to leave an empty (white) stripe in between. Clean your brushes in between each color change, or as the polish dries to insure smooth application. Let the silver dry before applying another gold stripe directly above.

full on stripes

Repeat the pattern until all 6 of those nails are filled with glittery stripes. Let them dry completely before applying a top coat.

five pointed star

Now that we have chic stripes, let's add some playful stars! Create a 5-pointed open star using your gold polish and your needle brush. If you are unable to use your opposite writing hand very well, this may be a good time to enlist the help of a friend.

star pattern

Repeat the stars in a irregular pattern, engaging the edge of the nail with partial stars to create more visual movement.

stardust tails

Finish the design by adding stardust trails. Let the polish dry completely, finish with a top coat, and enjoy!

About the Author

Kelly Ornstein

Although Kelly Ornstein studied jewelry and metalworking at Rhode Island School Design, it wasn't until she discovered nail art that she found her true passion. It was a natural fit, with a background in illustration and painting and being used to working on tiny things like jewelry. It was after this discovery and after school that she decided to start a blog, and called it: Base...


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