The Top Coat: Be an Honorary Brit With Our DIY Union Jack Mani

Welcome to our nail art column–the Top Coat! Every week we’ll be doing a step-by-step nail art tutorial. We’ve already told you the essentials you ne
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Welcome to our nail art column–the Top Coat! Every week we’ll be doing a step-by-step nail art tutorial. We’ve already told you the essentials you ne
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Welcome to our nail art column–the Top Coat! Every week we’ll be doing a step-by-step nail art tutorial. We’ve already told you the essentials you need for a good nail art kit, so gather your tools and try our next project.

Thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first anniversary, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and playing host to the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, London is having one hell of an exciting year. It’s only fitting that we fly the flag and pay tribute to the coolest city around with an easy-to-DIY Union Jack manicure. So take a cue from all those Olympic swimmers (and that torch-bearer, left) who have been sporting patriotic manis and pretend to be a Brit this week. We won't tell.

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Tools Of The Trade:

theBalm Hot Ticket Base Coat in I’m Base and I Came to Get Down, $10 at Beauty.com

Butter London Lacquer in Saucy Jack, $14 at ButterLondon.com

Zoya Nail Polish in Tart, $8 at Zoya.com

L’Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish in French Tip White, $4.99 at Drugstore.com

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Step One: Red, White, and Blue After applying your base coat, polish two coats of blue on your thumb, ring, and forefinger. Paint two coats of white on your middle finger, and two coats of red on your pinky. Allow two minutes drying time between each coat.

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Tools Of The Trade:

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens in White and Red, $7.29 each at Drugstore.com

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Step Two: Fly The Flag Here’s the easiest way to create a Union Jack: Paint a white cross and an ‘X’ on your ring and forefinger. Allow it to dry for two minutes, then trace inside of both with your red nail pen. Be sure not to connect the red cross and the X; allow two minutes drying time.

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Tools Of The Trade:

Orly Instant Artist in 24K Glitter Gold, $5 at Ulta.com

SpaRitual Top Coat, $10 at DermStore.com

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Step Three: Sparkle On The Perimeter To make the other three nails standout, carefully outline them in a glittery gold. Repeat if you’d like the gold to really standout; otherwise, set the look with a high shine topcoat.