Sunday, 29 July 2012

Union Jack Nail Art Tutorial

You've seen the Union Jack a.k.a. the flag of the United Kingdom here many times before. It comes in handy on patriotic occasions such as the Queen's Jubilee and now the Olympics are finally here. I've been thinking about doing a tutorial for while and I figured now would be the perfect time!

It's actually way easier to do than it looks because it's completely made up of straight lines. I'm sure there are lots of other ways to do this but this is the way I've always done it! Enjoy!

Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Before you start, make sure you have everything you're gonna need already in front of you. You'll need:
Red Nail Polish
White Nail Polish
Blue Nail Polish 
A Nail Art Brush which you can buy here and here

If you want to add some sparkle, you can also grab a glitter polish.
Acetone will work much more effectively than nail polish remover for cleaning the brush and also when it comes to cleaning up at the end.
Acrylic paint is more opaque than nail polish and some people prefer to use it in their nail art. In this tutorial, I just used a tiny bit of white paint towards the end.

Ready? Here we go!

Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1
Paint on a base of white. Try to keep the surface as smooth as possible with steady brush strokes.


Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Step 2
When your base colour is completely dry, use the red nail polish and your nail art brush to paint on a thick cross. Start with a vertical line straight down the middle and then go across.


Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Step 3
Add some smaller line going from the centre outwards. Try not to touch the thick cross if you can avoid it.


Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Step 4
Fill in the 8 blank triangles you are left with. Again, try not to touch any of the details that are already there but don't worry if you do, it can be tidied up later.

Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

Step 5
There are a lot of steps rounded up in to this one. Let me give you a run down.

If you are going to add glitter, this would be the time to do so! Just apply it carefully on top of the existing colours with the nail art brush.

When everything is dry, take some white acrylic paint or nail polish on a nail art brush and go over the white lines to tidy up any mishaps and get crisper lines.

Using a small paintbrush dipped in acetone, run it around your cuticles to clean up the bits of polish that have been left there and leave you with a perfectly round edge.

Finally, add a few coats of your favourite top coat to make it shiny, make it last and smooth out the surface which will probably be a bit bumpy at this point.

All done!

Union Jack British Flag Nail Art Tutorial

32 comments:

  1. Red sparkle! I must have it!

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  2. Wow this is really helpful thanks so much! I have always wanted to try to do a Union Jack and definitely will use this!

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  3. the orange and pink is so pretty!
    doing white as a base colour is so much easier than using blue. experience from trial and error :L

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  4. awesome - i have struggled to perfect my union jack and now i know why - i start it the wrong way round, with the blue. Hurrah!!

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    1. I would have done it this way too. I am not sure I could do the straight lines. I will have to bite the bullet and use those striping brushes I bought one day.

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  5. I'm so trying this- I love the Union Jack it's such a great design and really visually interesting. I'm American though- lol!

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  6. You're a genius. All this time I was trying to do it the other way around... wow. This looks great. I'm American but I definitely see Union Jack nails in my future. Thanks so much for this! :D

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  7. I don't think I will ever be able to make it look so straight and even. I'm rubbish at stripes, boohoo...I love the one with glitter!

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  8. It's a great tutorial, thank you !

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  9. this is great, it will help so much though i doubt mine will be so neat!

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  10. gorgeous! I love it. I always start with a blue base, I'll have to try it your way!

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  11. beautiful!! I think I would have painted my nail blue, then add the white stripes and then the red. but I'm not very good at straight lines haha

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  12. You make it look so easy! I;m going to have to try it.

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  13. I like it so much, i will try it next week. ^^

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  14. This tutorial is really great, thank you! I ove the design <3. And your olimpic nails was awesome ;).

    lg Neru

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  15. You have a steady hand! That is gorgeous! Love all the color variations!

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  16. great tutorial! i'll have to try it

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  17. AWESOME tutorial!! thank you SO much!!

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  18. Finally a good looking Union Jack! I've seen so many bad ones on the internet that I gave up on ever seeing a nice one. Great job, Sammy :) I guess I should always check out your blog first when I'm looking for nice nail art - why bother going anywhere else? :)

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  19. Great tutorial, you made it look amazingly easy hehe!
    xx

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  20. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Love it!! I'll be able to use this if I choose to do Aussie nails for the Olympics, as the Union Jack is on our flag too :)

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  21. Really nice. Can I just say that its only called the Union Jack when its flown on ships at sea, other wise the correct name for it is the Union Flag.

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  22. definitely going to be trying this :P

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  23. Aaaaah this is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing hun :)

    Love Aysh xoxo

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  24. This is beautiful :D I love it !

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  25. These look ace. I am practically banging my head in dumbness that I've always done blue basecoat and down white/red over the top. D'oh. Much simpler idea... will definitely be giving it a go, thanks. x

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  26. Wow ! ~ its lovely .. I will have to try it

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