Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Nail Painting- Patriotic Style

We might have had a little fun at our house the other day...


Painting lots of little fingernails and toenails in preparation for the 4th of July. I thought I'd share some photos and tips for painting kid's nails so you can enjoy those smiles!

My girls were so excited. I told them we'd better take some pictures to share their creativity spark.

My 10 year old inspired my tiny paintbrush to create flags for our wonderful U S of A. We painted her toes a base of white, then I used an art deco nail paint--the kind that has a really skinny brush--and added the stripes. Finally I used Blue polish for the flag and then dotted white with the tip of the nail polish brush for stars.

My 7 year old was so excited for the "fireworks" on her nails.
A few tips for painting kid's nails

  • Paint about thirty minutes before bedtime. This allows the paint to dry and then gives them overnight for it to cure so that it won't smudge so easily.
  • Always take the tip of the paintbrush and swipe the very edge of the nail. This seals the coat and prevents chipping.

  • Allow time to dry in between coats and use a top coat protector.

  • Glitter ALWAYS lasts longer and we like to use a bit of glitter to top off a solid coat of color.
  • Use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up edges of nail beds
  • Work in the bathroom, so if there are spills they will hopefully be able to clean up!
Hope these tips help and that you have a wonderful Independence Day!

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