Polished: 4th of July Nails

As you may have noticed, I’m slightly obsessed with doing fun things on my nails these days. Holidays are always a great excuse to get creative. Here’s my Independence Day inspired manicure. I used the stick-on nail polish in blue + white nautical stripes and added one simple solid red nail to each hand.




  • clear base/top coat
  • red nail polish
  • stick-on nail polish strips
  • nail file
  • cuticle nippers (optional)


  1. Apply a thin base coat, and then fit the correct nail polish strips to each finger. Skip any random one you want and leave it for the red polish. I chose the ring finger.
  2. (Optional) Cut the excess off with cuticle nippers or scissors.
  3. File the edges. This will give you a perfect edge with the nail polish strip.
  4. Paint the plain nail red. I did 2 coats.
  5. Go over everything (polish strips + red nail) with a clear top coat.

I hope you all have a great 4th of July. Be safe. Can’t wait to see your photos!

XO Lauren

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Source: TheBeautyDepartment.com
Categories: Nails
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  • Danielle Alexander

    so if i were these stripey stick on strips… where would I be??

  • Claire Coppersmith

    Where did you get the stick-on nail polish strips?

  • Lauren Cornelus

    I love it!

  • Gabriela Mina

    awesome! too bad they don

  • Andry Paez

    i’d try one with stars

  • Lisa Kelleher

    Hell yeaaaahhh. I am definitely doing this. I have the nail art pens in gold and blue.

  • Julie Haugan

    I will try them for sure! It`s not only 4th of july,but it`s also my b-day! wii

  • Flavia Roque

    Lololooooved it !

    I’m so gonna do it.

  • Tracy Johnson

    I am going to do this RIGHT now! Love!

  • Ansley Vasconcellos

    LOVE this!! Those look so cute! Definitely going to try this out, Where can I get the stick on nail polish?

  • Jessica Willer

    Very cute!!

  • corin coons

    i think this looks so cute! such a great idea. where should i get some of those nail polish strips?

  • mary1024

    I wanna try this! I don’t have nail polish strips like that so I’ll have to make the stripes with nail polish and a nail brush.

  • Kayla Graceffa

    I wish I had red pollish & the striped strips! ): I would SOOOO do this!

  • Valora Gray

    You are presh! I love this. I’m soooo going to do this tomorrow while I’m waiting for my laundry to dry. :)

  • Melissa Tansey

    wow i love them! they’re perfect for the occasion

  • Lynn

    I LOVE this look! It’s so on-trend and perfect for 4th of July! But where could we purchase the white&blue striped stickers?

  • Janice

    Hey girls,

    I tried looking for the stickers online and I couldn’t find them. However I did find Stripe Rite Polish that you can buy from Sally Beauty Supply or online. You just paint your entire nail white and then use teh Stripe Rite Polish in blue and paint your own stripes.

    Hope that helps!

  • Janine Jones

    this is soo cute! where did you get the the nail stickers? are they the salon effects?

  • Alejandra Giron

    cute and fun!


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  • Joanna Concepcion

    this is so cute! i wonder who started this “”the ring fingers should be in different color”” trend. he/she (probably she, haha!) is a genius! xoxo

  • Kristi Bucksbarg

    love love! Check out my holiday weekend mani here!



  • Anna Cummings

    Love! Love! Love!

  • Kimberly Campbell

    Sally H has the nail strips. You can get them at Walgreens. I have used them several times and I love them. I actually just created this look for my nails without the strips. I used Aruba Blue by Essie, Cherry by Revlon, and a while nail paint with a thin brush to create the lines. It came out awesome and I love it. I am trying to figure out how I can upload the pic though.

  • Caroline Heidemann

    AAAAW, I LOVE THIS! i’m not even american but i’m surely gonna do this as soon as I get my Eliza Doolittle nails off.

  • Nicole Wilson

    CUTE!!!!! I totally wanna copy this! =]

  • Cara Parisi

    Love this :) Can’t wait to try it on my nails!!

  • Lyndsey Kneebone


  • Julia Lahdo

    Hi Lauren!
    Oh I can’t wait to try this on, it is gorgeus! Also saw what you did to your hair (following thebeautydepartment.com) at it looks awsome, I have to tell you.
    I have a question though to get started with this nail procedure thing, um. Where can you buy the stick-on nail polish strips?

  • Giulia De Luca

    Love this post also in The Beauty Department!

  • Katherine Zambrano


  • Katie Reeder

    cute! :)

  • Erin Williams

    I love it! I’m deffinatly doing this tonight :)

  • anncal63

    Very clever. I like that look being my B-day is July 2nd. Great ideas. Thanks

  • Kenzi Radice

    I absolutly love this idea!

    I’m always trying to find new ideas to change things up!

    Thank you so much for this great idea!(:

  • saffy bt

    that was a cute nails @ fingers of urs.is that urs???

    how did u mentain ur nails pretty like that???any suggestions???

    thanks alot.

  • Nina Kallas

    I really love this and i’ve been wanting to do this to my nails! but I can’t find the striped nails… where did you get them?

  • Kaitlin Norris

    This looks really cool and I have been wanting to try those stick on nails for awhile now, too!

  • Girly It Girl

    Check out my hot girly nail designs on my blog: https://girlyitgirl.wordpress.com/

  • Kiwi

    OMG! I love this! I am definitely doing this tonight! haha:)

  • Samantha Gerold

    ah guys this 4th finger trend has been going on since an episode last season of Pretty Little Liars!!!! I’ve done it ever since and people were always like “”why is your 4th finger a different color!?”” I’m so happy its a known trend now!!!

  • Anna Gorbacheva

    Beyonce is painting her nails like this lately:).. fresh idea for summer!

  • cassandra lobo

    Too cute! I’m slight obbessed with painting my nails according to holiday themes too! … Love your nautical theme :) I’ll have to get some of the stick on nail polish! :)

  • Debbie McGuirk

    I love this idea

  • Stephanie

    I did my nails for fourth of july and saw you posted this the day after !! looks similar :)

  • Stephanie

    i uploaded a picture of my fourth of july nails to my page !! :)

  • Emily Kate

    The 4th is my favorite holiday, and i’m all about the theme so naturally i fell in love with these nails! What brand made the blue and white stripe stick ons- Sally Hansen?!

  • jenna

    I really love how this looks

  • Blanca Gomez

    I love this trend but i seen it a long time ago. i had this trend on in 08. but its still a cute and fashionable trend.. love it and it looks cute..

  • Sierra Mortallaro

    I couldn’t find the decals so I did the stripes and blue myself! I love it! Another amazing idea from you! <33

  • Vicky Rivera

    Cute idea!

  • Saade Matthews

    Very Pretty Design, Pure as Crystal Love it Lauren:)

  • Emmy Rho

    This is so cute..I was wondering if those nail polish strips really worked..guess they do! I’ll have to try them out.



  • Emily Bailey

    So cute! Really want to try this one!

  • Afton Williams

    Love these! Here’s my star spangled manicure: http://www.laurenconrad.com/photo/view/24683/1241/4671/1

  • Isabella g.

    this is soo cute but it would be trashy in green and yellow (brazilian flag), maybe i will try it in the next world cup when brazil wins haha, hope to see you Lauren visiting Brasil, you would love the beaches and our beach trend.

  • tatjana love

    So fun! i can’t wait to try it for other holidays too!

  • alli chismar

    where did you get those stick on nail polish stripes?

  • Lo

    Please tell where you bought those nail polish strips!! So cute love them

  • Courtney McCarthy

    Love this They are soo cute!!! where are the strips from? -x-

  • emogoestofashionweek

    Have a look at my tutorial on how to do Burgundy Stiletto Nails :)
    They’re fab! And don’t forget to follow me please <3 http://emogoestofashionweek.blogspot.ie/2013/11/how-to-burgundy-stiletto-nails.html


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