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Olympic Spirit – Nail Art Inspired by COVERGIRL Gracie Gold

By on February 19, 2014
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Team USA Nail Art for the Sochi Olympics

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been an Olympics-watching junkie this past week. I’ve been taping the live day coverage and watching the night coverage as well. I can’t get enough. And tonight is the start of my favorite event of the Winter Games, Ladies Figure Skating.

You may remember my interview with Olympian and COVERGIRL Gracie Gold where I showed you the nail art from her COVERGIRL photo shoot and the design she wore on the day of our chat. Well, to show my Team USA spirit, I’ve created a mash-up of both manicures to create one almighty Patriotic Nail Art explosion.

The Inspiration

I loved elements from both looks Gracie wore. The flags and stripes are a must and the explosive nature of the jagged peaks in the first photo really caught my eye. It’s like modern fireworks. Even though I’m into the intricate star pattern on her middle finger, below, I know my nail art limits so I stayed with what I knew I could accomplish.

Gracie Gold Olympics patriotic nail art

Gracie Gold’s Team USA nail art

COVERGIRL Gracie Gold patriotic nail art for the Olympics


Step 1: I polished my nails with COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm, Ever Reddy and Out of the Blue.

NOTE: In the finished look below, I ended up redoing my pinkie with Ever Reddy on the bottom. It isn’t opaque enough to cover Out of The Blue in one coat. I discovered this way after the fact and had to make a last minute swap out.
Olympic Nail Art
Step 2: Use a thin nail art brush dipped in Ever Reddy to create stripes for the flag. Apply Out of the Blue to the upper corner create the background for the stars. You could use a nail art brush or tape to create crisp lines but I just used the polish brush and a steady hand. Finally dip a dotting tool in Snow Storm for the stars.
Olympic Nail Art
Step 3: Use a nail art brush dipped in Snow Storm to create long, thin triangles. The tip of my nail art brush is looking a bit jagged so I couldn’t get the clean lines I was aiming for. Next, paint just inside the lines with Out of the Blue. I clearly need a new nail art brush as this turned out less than impressive.
Olympic Nail Art
Step 4: Wait for your base color to completely dry. Then apply striping tape at an angle, polish over it with Out of the Blue and immediately pull up the tape with tweezers.
Olympic Nail Art
Step 5: Repeat the striping tape process using Out of the Blue over Snow Storm.
Olympic Nail Art
Step 6: Finally, one last striping tape nail with Ever Reddy over Snow Storm. I alternated the angle of the tape on each nail.

Tip: Wait 5-10 minutes before applying top coat to avoid smudging the designs. And when you do apply it, gently float a bead of top coat so that the bristles don’t have a chance to wipe out your work.
Olympic Nail Art

Sochi Olympics Patriotic Nail Art using COVERGIRL Outlast

Olympics Team USA Nail Art

COVERGIRL Gracie Gold Inspired Olympic #TeamUSA #NailArt Tutorial

Olympics “Team USA” Nail Art Tutorial

Are you as into the Olympics as I am? Are you rocking some nail art in support of your home team? What do you think of my inspired design? Would you try any of these techniques yourself?

Oh and if you have a favorite nail art brush to recommend, I’m in the market.

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide and online at,, and COVERGIRL nail polish retails for $3.89-4.79/ea for a .37oz bottle.

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Nice job recreating it!

  2. Esther says:

    Cute idea-thanks for sharing!

  3. Let me know if you find a good nail art brush :) I just use whatever I find around the apartment for nail art… bobby pins, saran wrap, etc… the brush that I’ve been using was a paint brush that I cut really thin lol.

  4. Karen says:

    I’ve been rocking Olympic nails, but nothing this intricate! Rather than going for a Team Canada look, though, I’ve done three different Olympic-inspired manicures.

    First, I did white nails with glitter the colour of each of the rings over it. Next, I did five separate Olympic rings coloured nails. Right now, I’ve got gold, silver, and bronze. Someday, maybe I’lll actually try doing a proper Olympic rings design, but I’m not that good at nail art yet, lol!

  5. Sarah says:

    Great recreation! What topcoat do you use that doesn’t smudge your work?

  6. Lauren says:

    That manicure is super beautiful, but Gracie Gold is kind of a crappy person