July 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM ET
Whether you’re a nail art novice or an unrepentant polish addict, July 4th is the perfect time to do something a little fun — but still stylish — with your manicure, says Chalkboard Nails blogger Sarah Waite, whose Instagram feed has more than 100,000 followers. “Not all of the attention has to go to the fireworks! Show off your patriotic, red-white-and-blue tips while you're sitting poolside or enjoying some delicious BBQ.” Read on and get inspired by Waite and some of our other favorite bloggers.
Glittery nail art
Sarah of Chalkboard Nails painted on a mélange of glitters in Old Glory colors. Let the design take center stage in a breezy white sundress or faded cutoffs.
Framed nail art
Chalkboard Nails framed a gleaming shade of watermelon in iridescent blue. The result? Tropical-meets-patriotic cool.
Red,white and blue dotted nail art
Alli of The Daily Varnish was inspired by red, white and blue M&Ms when she whipped up this sweet delight! The best part: the overlapping dots are forgiving for nail art newbies.
Flag nail art
Sparkle nail art
It doesn’t get easier than this. Sammy of The Nailasaurus started with a royal blue base and painted on a clear topcoat formulated with blue, silver and holographic glitter. Sparkle in seconds!
Fan nail art
We’re loving this fan design for partying post-barbecue. Created by French nail blogger Pshiiit, it blends art deco design with sexy sparkle.
Gradient nail art
So cool! Maria of So Nailicious calls these “stormy beach nails” and we can’t wait to wear ‘em by the seaside.