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Earlier this year the "Party Nail" phenomenon hit the scene and if you weren't rocking a special nail on your fourth finger--you clearly were not up-to-date in the fashion world. 

Some of you (like my Mom) may be asking, "What is a 'Party Nail?' " It is the ring finger on one's left hand, and the fourth finger on the right hand, that is drastically different from the rest. The most popular form: glitter nail polish. Some people choose to use this nail to do a special design, to color block or to contrast a specific nail color (i.e. Spartan fans may rock a white nail or Michigan fans may rock a maize nail).

The "Party Nail" and nail art is making a comeback this holiday season. My Pinterest newsfeed was blowing up with nail art designs, so I thought I would give it a go. Why not? It couldn't be that hard for a nail-fanatic like me--another thing you may not know about me is that I LOVE nail polish. Ever since I can remember, I was playing beauty salon with my friends and family. I was asking if I could offer my nail expertise and give them a manicure or pedicure. Practice makes perfect, right?

My best friend, Taylor Digby, who attends school in NYC, and I still have a passion for nail fashion. We are constantly sending each other OPI's latest releases, and new nail ideas that we have tried--both successes and failures. If you saw our nail polish collections, you would think we are nuts.

In the spirit of the 4th of July, I wanted to do something special and new with the red, white and blue.

Thank goodness for some Pinterest inspiration:

Doing something really detailed, like American flags, can get messy and look sloppy. I like to keep my nail art simple, classy and clean.

From me to you--Happy Red, White and Blue!
AND GO BLUE! Check out my B1G Ten Championship ring for Division 1 Women's Rowing!

All you need to complete this look is a shade of red, blue, and glitter polish (gold or silver would work fine). Use what you have on hand. You don't need to invest in expensive polish--the red I have pictured above is from Walgreens $1.99, the blue is OPI 'Roadhouse Blues' (it is the only blue I have), and the silver glitter is 'Wet & Wild' $0.99.

In my opinion, the nail color itself doesn't make so much of a difference as to a name brand like OPI or Essie, rather it is the top coat and base coat that really matters. Get yourself a good base coat polish, I like to use one that has a nail strengthener in it. For a top coat, I swear by Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat--this is the Queen of all top coats that I have tried. Better than OPI or Essie, this top coat dries and sets your nails extremely fast. It also gives you that lacquered and 'just stepped out of the salon' look. It is a hefty topcoat that will stand the conditions and keep your nails looking good for days. Do yourself, and your nails, a favor and go and get this top coat today!

Paint your nails as you normally would--base coat, two coats of polish and then top coat. But, before you put top coat on your "party nail" do two coats of glitter on the lower half of your nail. It is okay to glob it on there because the Seche Vite will seal it in nice and neatly.

How do you plan on showing your 4th of July pride this holiday weekend? Comment or send pictures in pictures of your creative nail ideas or festive fashion statements.

Yours with a passion for 'red, white and blue' fashion,

Jane

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