This Is How To Be The Coolest Girl At The 4th Of July BBQ

It's understandable if you're feeling fatigued by all the weird things people are putting on their nails — there's been nipples, fidget spinners, and tampons, to name a few — but don't swear off nail art just yet. Why? Because if there's any time to go back to the classics, it's the Fourth of July — a celebration of primary colors and the good, ol' simple life.

By all means, paint all 10 fingers in solid red or blue, but if you're trying to stage the perfect holding-a-Coca-Cola-on-the-beach Instagram, you're going to want to take inspiration from the patriotic nail looks ahead.

@tiktakcameraaa
Tak Okamura designed this rad negative-space stars and stripes manicure. For a subtle, unexpected effect, put your accent nails on different fingers of each hand.
@missladyfinger
Your mani doesn't need to be overtly patriotic. Just add a silver base and a blue accent — totally wearable, but still on-theme.
@paintboxnails
Another way to keep things simple is to start with a bright white polish and add a pop of blue toward your cuticle. (Summer Water not included, sorry.)
@paintboxnails
Add a little on-trend sparkle with gold ombré encapsulated foils.
@chillhouse
You can paint your artistic accent on otherwise naked nails for an effortless finish. Don't forget a clear top coat to up the shine.
@modernnails_southend
Diffused rather than angular stars on an accent nail gives the red-white-and-blue manicure an elevated vibe.
@kitty_luvpolish7
Just dot some holiday-themed shades over a clear glitter base and — bam — instant party.
@naominailsnyc
Red, white, and blue aren't the only shades that say 'Born in the USA;' black can work, too, with the right amount of sparkle.
@alainagul_nails
Make a little DIY flag on your nails, then find a sick backdrop for your Insta.
@ladyfancynails
No red on hand? White, with a cobalt blue snake design, can be your avant-garde take on the 4th.
@stephstonenails
Still feeling the Pride beauty vibes? Pair your rainbow strobe with colorful, star-studded nails.
@paintboxnails
A French mani, a moon mani, and a 4th of July mani all in one makes you the trendiest person at the BBQ, hands down.
@paintboxnails
Get geometric with some primary color-blocking.
@orlynails
You'll want to keep this look on long after the first week of the month.
@aliciatnails
Want to be super subtle? An thin swipe of a glitter across the tips will make that hotdog you're holding look like caviar.
@aliciatnails
If you're up for a manicure that's a bit more advanced, try outlining the entire nail with colorful polish and dropping a silver star in the middle. Then pretend to be surprised by all the compliments that roll in.
@aliciatnails
No need to wait until nighttime to bring out the fireworks.
@opi_products
We love marbling all year long. All you need is polish, a bowl of water, and a toothpick.
@theeditorialnail
Nothing, not even sparklers, will outshine these ombré gold nails.
@nataliepavloskinails
This half-nail design will have everyone doing a double take as you reach for the pasta salad.
@juliamurphree
Planning on posting up poolside all weekend? These nails will look killer both in and out of the water.
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