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Patriotic Nails – 9 Memorial Day Nail Art Ideas

By on May 23, 2014
in JINsoon, Lancome, Nail Art

Memorial Day Nail Art Ideas

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Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer in the US and it looks like we’re going to have beautiful weather here in the CLE. Apparently, my street will be in our city’s parade so you know I need a manicure for the event.

If you enjoy a themed mani as much as I do, then you’ll love these Nine Patriotic Nail Art Ideas to get you in the spirit to honor the service men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedom. Let’s get our Red, White & Blue on!

A Nautical Take on Stars & Stripes

I’ve done quite a few traditional red, white and blue manicures, as you’ll see below, so I wanted to take a different tack for my Memorial Day Weekend look. When I got my hands on the new nautical-themed Lancome Summer 2014 French Riviera Collection, it was like it was meant to be.

The collection includes three nail shades, Marine Chic (navy creme), Nuit D’Azur (cobalt creme jelly) and Golden Riviera (matte gold). I used the latter two for my design.

I started by applying two coats of Nuit D’Azure and Golden Riviera and letting them dry completely.

On my index finger I placed striping tape over Nuit D’Azure and then polished a coat of Golden Riviera, pulling up the tape with tweezers immediately after.

On my ring finger, I employed my star shaped Nail Vinyls, placing two individual stars hanging off my nails before applying a coat of Nuit D’Azur.

I reversed the pattern on my right hand.
Stars & Stripes Manicure Nail Art

Nautical Stars & Stripes Nail Art

Blue and Gold Nautical Nail Art

Patriotic Nail Art - Stars & Stripes

Eight More Memorial Day Nail Art Ideas

You’re a Grand Old Flag  (how-to)
Red, White & Blue Stars & Stripes Nails
America The Beautiful Glitter Stripes (how-to)
Patriotic Nails with Milani One Coat Glitters
Dotty Red, White and Blue (how-to)
Red, White & Blue with Zoya and CND
From Sea To Shining Sea Blue Gradient (how-to)
Blue ombre gradient nail art using OPI and Revlon nail polish
Blue Ombre Stripes with a Red Glitter Accent (how-to)
Nautical Stripe Nail Art Manicure using Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish
Old Glory Stripes  (how-to)

Patriotic Striped Nails using L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche

Rockets Red Glare Flag and Flames (how-to)
Sochi Olympics Patriotic Nail Art using COVERGIRL Outlast

Finally, my buddy Jin Soon Choi created a not-so-literal take on Patriotic Nails for the holiday using her eponymous nail polish line, JINsoon.
JINsoon Line Nail Art

  1. File and shape your nails to a natural square shape.
  2. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.
  3. Apply two coats of JINsoon Kookie White on the entire nail bed.
  4. With a thin brush, create thin lines using JINsoon Cool Blue. Paint the first line from the top of the nail at a diagonal, ending at the opposite side of the nail. Then paint the second line perpendicular to the first line about a third of the way down the nail. Continue painting at right angles from the previous line (as shown in the photo) until you reach the end of the nail.
  5. Apply a top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss for a lasting glossy finish.

JINsoon Memorial Day Nail Art


The Lancome French Riviera Collection is available now at Lancome counters nationwide and online at and JINsoon nail polish is available at and

Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? Will you be sporting a red, white and blue mani? What do you think of my nautical take on stars and stripes?

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Great ideas! Definitely some great inspiration.

  2. Jessika says:

    My fave is Dotty Red, White and Blue. Adorable!

  3. Arathael says:

    I like the blue and gold! All great ideas :)

  4. Alex says:

    The nail art images given in this page is really interesting to see. The nail art is getting very common and popular in this current era. At this point of view, the information given in this page is very helpful for us. Keep share more designs in the upcoming posts too.

  5. Tricia says:

    These are all so cute! Such great ideas! I ended up doing a polka dot red, white and blue theme. I did some nails red with white dots, one blue with white, then a white accent nail with red and blue dots. It wasn’t bad, but I wish I had seen this first! I love some of these designs better!