DIY 4th of July Manicure for Mom & Kid

red white and blue manicure for mom and daughter

We’re getting ready for the Fourth of July over here, and what better way to prep than with a red, white, and blue manicure? Make it a family affair and do it with your daughter. This technique requires no manicuring skills, and your kiddo will love matching Mom. Painting nails with my daughter can be a challenge—so I’m always perfecting techniques that are easy to pull off, and leave a lot of room for error while still looking cute when we’re all done. Here’s my favorite nail art technique to pull off a 4th of July manicure for myself and my daughter.


supplies for a red, white, and blue manicure


  • red, white, and blue polish
  • toothpicks, paintbrushes, or small nail tools that come in a manicuring kit like this one from Sally Hansen
  • piece of tinfoil (not pictured)


painting nails blue

Step 1: Paint your nails blue and wait a few minutes for them to dry.

Step 2: Pour a small dot of the red and white polish on the tinfoil.

Step 3: Using the bottom of a toothpick or nail art tool, dip it in the white polish and place small polka dots all over each nail. Wait 30 seconds for it to dry.

Step 4: Using the same tool, place a small dot of red inside each white polka dot and let dry.

red white and blue manicure

Oh! Baby, you’re a firework! Now, paint your daughter’s.

painting daughter's nails red white and blue

Step 1: Place a large dollop of white polish on each nail.

Step 2: Immediately add a dot of red and then a dot of blue.

Step 3: Using a toothpick or nail art tool, gently swirl the paints together to create a mini marbleized look.

Step 4: Wait a few minutes to dry to the touch and then paint a top coat over your nails and your daughter’s.

woman in jeans holding sparklers red, white, and blue manicure

fourth of july manicures for mom and daughter

What a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth.

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