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Boo. My second attempt at nail art kind of failed. Sad face. They don’t really even look like the Canadian flag! Hahah. Even though I don’t really want to post it, I have to because Swatch And Learn is proudly Canadian. And since I did an American flag one, I have to represent north side of the border. I had a blast with the American flag one, especially when I inspired a co-worker to do a tape manicure design, too! That’s always encouraging.
I also had fun with my Canadian Flag nails. I got to work with Sally Beauty Sprinkles – I used the heart shape because I <3 Canada. Tee hee. I’m still working on my taping technique because there was, again, some bleeding. If anyone has any advice for me, I would love to hear it. I’m just starting out and want to get better!
~Whisper~ I like my American Flag nails (design wise) better because it’s cuter and more intricate. But shhhh. Don’t tell our Canadian readers. ~End whisper~
Canadian Flag Nail Art Swatches & Pictures
How to Create Canadian Flag Nail Art Tutorial
Step 1: Get your supplies ready! Here’s what I used/you need:
- White: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Platinum
- Red: elf Medium Red
- Base & top coats of your choice
- Scissors & Scotch tape
- Maple leaf: Nail art plate image, sticker, tattoo or Sally Beauty Heart Sprinkles
Step 2: Paint your nails with the base coat, then your white.
Wait for it to dry completely before moving on. Step 3: Section your nails with Scotch tape.
I intended for the diagonal to be more slanted, but they’re more horizontal than I would’ve liked. 🙁 For the sectioning, you’ll have to cut the width of the tape (can’t use the tape as is or it’ll cover your entire nail). Adjust the width according to the finger since the nails are of different sizes. Step 4: Apply the red, let dry, then remove the tape.
Because I sectioned it too horizontally, there isn’t a lot of room for the red. 🙁 So I suggest making it more slanted on yours. Step 5: Dab a dot of top coat in the center (if you’re using a Sprinkle like me).
This will act as a glue to hold the heart in place. I used a thicker top coat so that I have a little bit more time to apply the heart in the right position before it dries. Step 6: Apply a top coat to add shine & protection.
If you’re using a Sprinkle or a sticker, you might have to add 2 coats for a smooth finish depending on your TC.
Tips on Creating Canadian Flag Nail Art
- Don’t make the white section too horizontal; make it more slanted for visual interest.
- Use good tape & make sure it’s completely down.
- Wait until everything is dry before taping or applying a TC.
- Apply polish in the direction away from the tape.
The Canadian flag is definitely simpler than the American flag. 🙂 In terms of nail art design, it means it’s not as interesting. But in terms of personal patriotic pride, I felt proud wearing this on my fingers. Oh, Canada. Go, Canada! 🙂 I hope our readers from around the world enjoys this, too. How would you create the Canadian flag on your nails? What would you use in place of the maple leaf?
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