To my fellow Canadians, I’m wishing you a very Happy Canada Day!
Today, our beautiful country turns 145 years old. (That’s a lot of candles to blow out on the cake, isn’t it?)
I hope that you’re having a lovely Sunday, spending time with family and/or friends.
Do you have a barbecue planned? Going swimming? ‘Tis the season!
Now, you’re probably surprised that I’m showing my nails on a Smorgasbord Sundays post. Usually Sundays on Swatch And Learn are free of nail polish. However I couldn’t resist sharing my Canada Day cupcake manicure with you.
It’s not my best work (actually, it’s very messy because I did it in 30 minutes…haha!), but it’s timely, and I didn’t want to show it to you after the holiday.
For my manicure this year, I considered painting a maple-leaf or flag design. Finally, I decided to wear a sweet treat on my nails that was also festive. Red and white cupcake nails fit the occasion and my busy schedule.
Yup, I didn’t have much time, but this look is verrrrry quick and easy to whip up. Mine turned out very sloppy, and I made a major design mistake, but it still brought a smile to my face, so that’s what’s most important. (And at least this year I put in more effort than last year’s Canada Day nails…haha!)
If you decide to try out the look, I suggest taking your time. You’ll achieve way better results!
If you’ve seen my Cupcake Nails nail-art tutorial, this design isn’t really new. It uses the same techniques, but different colours.
Here are a few photos of my rushed manicure:
After painting my nails, I realized that this look has a Christmas feel to it. Reminds me of Santa Claus…or I guess Mrs. Claus.
So this look could be appropriate for any Christmas in July manicures you’re doing.
Oh, and originally I put white stripes on the red portion, but I didn’t think it looked right, so I hastily went over the white with red. Thankfully, the red I used (Nubar Sensual Red) has a translucent quality, so the stripes still showed through nicely.
Here’s what it looked like with the white stripes in case you’re curious:
If the stripes were black, it would be better for the contrast. But, the white stripes and white frosting were too much together.
Here’s What I Used:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer (White)
- Nubar Sensual Red
- China Glaze Snow
- Cinapro Dazzle Decoration Kit (Red heart sequins)
Some Canadian Facts:
- John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497
- The oldest person in Canada was Marie-Louise Meilleur who lived until she was 117 years old
- Newfoundland was the first part of Canada explored by Europeans, but it was the last area to become a province
- The rules of ice hockey were first published in the Montreal Gazette in 1877
- Canadian James Naismith invented basketball
- Canada has 9% of the world’s renewable water supply
Happy Canada Day!
How will you be celebrating Canada Day? If you’re not from Canada, have you ever visited? Where’s your favourite place in Canada to live or visit?