Tie Dye Nails // Red, White, & Blue Manicure for the 4th of July

I’d been planning a festive red, white, & blue manicure for the 4th of July but hadn’t really come up with any original ideas until I featured a fun tie dye manicure tutorial on BlogHer Style over the weekend and was instantly hit with inspiration. But let me just warn you… this is not a project for the impatient or short-tempered, and why I decided to tie dye only six of my ten nails. However, my nails are very short at the moment and this, along with many nail art techniques are far easier with a larger canvas to paint on. Obviously then, my thumbs turned out the best. But I think with a little practice, the results could be even better, though I do love the final product and how they kind of look like stars AND stripes.

Here’s what I used…

1. OPI “Kennebuck Port” 2. OPI Sephora “A-Ha! Moment” 3. OPI “Suzi Says Feng Shui”

* I used Essie “Good to Go” top coat and ALMOST added a little glitter sparkles for fun.

* You’ll need a pin or toothpick to create your tie dyed effect.

How I achieved my tie dye nails… this video tutorial may help if you need it.

1. Paint a base coat, I chose white, but it depends on what order you’d like your colors to display.
2. When your base coat dries, begin with your first color {white} & at your cuticle, diagonally paint about half way up your nail.
3. Add a large stripe of your next color {blue}.
4. And then your final color to the tip {red}.

5. With your pin or toothpick, AND to your WET NAIL, touch your first color {white} and drag it through your others and to the end of your nail.
6. Wipe off your pin.
7. Repeat step 5 & 6 until you have what looks similar to a star.

* Repeat all the steps on each nail you’d like to tie dye, one at a time.

Hudson jeans | C&C California tank | Rebecca Minkoff MAB | Ray-Ban Aviators

Have Fun!

* Find all of my Nail Art Tutorials Here

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Christina

    July 3, 2012 |

    Super cute idea! I love it!

  • Lisa Petrarca

    July 3, 2012 |

    You are too creative! That looks so COOL Maegan. My family’s all here visiting for the 4th so I’ll have to show all my sister’s. Looks like we may be having a pre-4th of July nail painting party. Have a great 4th!!:D

  • Fashion Heaven

    July 3, 2012 |

    So interesting!Thanks for sharing.Love you.

  • Amy

    July 3, 2012 |

    Looks great! Such a fun idea!



  • Laura

    July 3, 2012 |

    I love it!

  • Ariana

    July 3, 2012 |

    Omigosh, I absolutely ADORE this idea!! I’m definitely going to give this a shot tonight 🙂

  • Yak Man

    July 3, 2012 |

    it looks awesome! 😀

  • Kadi Eller

    July 3, 2012 |

    I’m definitely gonna dry this out! It looks fabulous. 🙂


  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    July 3, 2012 |

    wow! your nails turned out GREAT! i hated every attempt at a 4th of july mani i came up with. i think i just don’t like red, white and blue on my nails! lol

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • shopandtwirl.com

    July 3, 2012 |

    I love it! I like that it incorporates red white and blue in a subtle, classy way. Great mani idea!

  • Elissa

    July 3, 2012 |

    This is such a great idea!!


  • Andrea Clare

    July 3, 2012 |

    so cute! looks like it would take forever to dry though


  • Birdieshoots

    July 3, 2012 |

    What a clever idea, now I’m tempted to change my nails!


  • el_martina

    July 3, 2012 |

    nails look great!

  • Victoria

    July 3, 2012 |

    cool. just discovered this blog through stumbleupon. I love it!!

  • Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy)

    July 3, 2012 |

    Oh man – how i love it!


    July 3, 2012 |

    Those are awesome!!

  • Kat

    July 3, 2012 |

    That is really cool! I might try this tonight!!

  • Charismainbklyn

    July 4, 2012 |

    Your blog is very creative. I love This nail idea. It’s fun and original. I’m not a DIY kinda gal but you make things look doable. Happy blogging! 🙂

  • Miss Maurice

    July 4, 2012 |

    That’s a great look! Such a cool idea for nails! V impressed!

    Love your blog for so many hair inspirations!

    Laura x

  • עליונית תחרה

    July 5, 2012 |

    its super cool! and look super easy to do it!

  • Lin

    July 5, 2012 |

    That looks SO cool! Definitely gonna have to try it.

  • drollgirl

    July 6, 2012 |

    dude. this is pretty wild. and wildly creative!

  • Gwen

    July 9, 2012 |

    I love this look! And the fact that it isn’t perfect makes it all that more amazing! I’m definitely trying this one out! Thank you for sharing!

  • Fashion Instyle

    July 9, 2012 |

    Great idea!This image are perfect,like it!

  • Marina

    July 9, 2012 |

    Look awesome! I will try this! Nice post!


  • Güler

    July 9, 2012 |

    omg!! i try NOW:)

    my DIYs————-> http://gkdone.blogspot.com/

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