Rainbow Nail Art for Pride

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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It's Pride Month! It's been an exciting year, especially for the transgender community with the show Transparent, Laverne Cox's character on Orange is the New Black, and Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. I'm showing my support with a little rainbow nail art. Want to join me?

These mini rainbow hearts and stripes are as fun to paint as they are wear. I kept it clean and simple with a bare background but you can start with a white or black manicure if you prefer. Just make sure your polish has fully cured before adding your design with the how-to below.

Rainbow Nail Art for Pride

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For this nail art design, you will need:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet nail polish (I used OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Nail Lacquer in Over & Over A-Gwen, Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Sorbet, Wet n Wild Wildshine Nail Color in D'oh!, and Essie Nail Polishes in Shake Your $$ Maker, Hide & Go Chic, and Foot Loose)
Dotting tool and nail art brushes (I used the ones that came in my Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit)
Nail art striping tape (I used Y2B Striping Tape)
Orangewood stick
Cotton pads or balls
Nail polish remover
Top Coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)

How to Create Tiny Nail Art Hearts

how_to_nail_art_hearts_21. Dab a drop of polish on to a piece of waxed paper or aluminum foil.

2. Dip you dotting tool in the drop of polish and touch it to your nail to create 2 little adjacent circles.

3. Drag the dotting tool down from each circle to a point to complete the heart.

4. Repeat with your other colors in a random pattern.

How to Create Rainbow Stripes

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1. Cut 6 small pieces of striping tape and apply them to your nails as shown.

2. Use a nail art brush to paint the spaces between the tape, leaving the top and bottom edges bare.

3. Wait for your stripes to dry.

4. Carefully and slowly, peel off the tape.

When you've finished adding your nail art, clean up any slips or smudges with a nail art brush or a cotton wrapped orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover. Finish with top coat when your design is dry.

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