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The Nautical Nail DIY You Need to Try This Summer

Jun 5 2014 - 2:30pm

No matter what your Summer weekend plans are, it's the perfect time to get a little nautical with your nail art. A red, white, and blue color scheme mixed with stripes, polka dots, and anchors will instantly put you in a summery mood. I created a simple nail-art look with an easy-to-paint anchor that will help you sail into the long weekend in style. Keep scrolling to see how to get the look!

The Nautical Nail Polishes

To create this look, I stuck with a patriotic palette using (from left to right) Chanel Le Vernis Eastern Light [1] ($27), Essie Butler Please [2] ($9), Chanel Le Vernis Delight [3] ($27), and Essie Snap Happy [4] ($9).

Red, White, and Boldly Blue

To start off, polish your nails the base color with two coats to make each shade pop. Blue and red nails get stripes, the white nail get the anchor, and I polished my thumb the metallic hue to tie the look together.

Anchors Away

To create the anchor design, I used a dotting tool to make the ring at the top of the anchor. Then I used a striping brush to paint a line from the dot down the middle of my nail, stopping almost at the tip. Using the same striping brush, I made two diagonal lines at the base to create the hook of the anchor. Then I painted a line under the dot to create the stock. To complete the look, I used the dotting tool to paint a smaller dot of white paint to finish off the ring at the top of the anchor.

Stripes on Stripes

Next up: the stripes. While you can using a striping brush and freehand paint your lines, I opted for striping tape [5] ($1) to ensure a uniform look. I created the nautical motif on one blue nail and my red pinky.

Polka Dotted

For my middle finger, I played with patterns by giving it a polka-dot treatment. I used a dotting tool to get the perfect spots.

The final look is a fun, fresh take on a nautical design that's perfect for rocking this holiday weekend or any day this Summer!

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