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Nails For Australia Day!

24 January 2014
Ok I admit it, I'm one of those patriotic weirdos who runs around with an Australian flag, bikini, hat, shorts, thongs and nails on Australia Day, what can I say? I really love this country! (Secretly it's more that I love our flag and green and gold really suit me, it's the only day I can get away with wearing all this stuff without looking like a nutcase).

So every year I do something special with my nails for Australia Day, it's usually pretty involved and annoys me so much that by the time I'm finished I vow that I won't bother doing this shit again, one year later I'm back to doing some elaborate nail art and the cycle continues.

So today I'm going to show you what I've chosen this year and tell you all the new swear words I made up while trying to finish this (I won't actually be telling you any of the new swear words, they really aren't blog appropriate).


  • Acetone.
  • Fast drying top coat.
  • Clear polish.
  • Dark blue polish.
  • White polish.
  • Yellow polish.
  • Green polish.
  • Rhinestones.
  • Sponge.
  • Red nail art tape.
  • Cutting tool - Scissors are safer.
  • Wax pencil.
  • Short bristled nail art brush.
  • Tweezers.
  • Patience (not shown).

First up apply a white base, if your colours are highly pigmented then you can skip this step but I'd still recommend using a white base where you will be placing your Union Jack, applying small amounts of blue is easier than trying to get opaque and even white stripes over the nails.

I chose to start with my yellow and green gradient nails because they are so easy, when these were done I cleaned up around my nails using my short bristle nail art brush and acetone then applied a couple of coats of Seche Vite because it's amazing.

Then I started on my Union Jack. This is where the creation of new swear word kept me sane. I started off by creating little triangles with my blue polish and nail art brush and allowing that to dry. I then took my red nail art tape and measured and cut my pieces, I positioned them with my tweezers, the whole time cursing this crap and when I finally had the last piece in place I applied two coats of Seche Vite while warning the nail that if it chipped or broke before Australia Day I would chop it off.

On the second hand I painted the accent nail blue and applied rhinestones in a rough shape of the Southern Cross, I used my wax pencil to pick up the rhinestones and dip them in clear polish, using something that doesn't dry too quickly gives you a bit of leeway if you happen to get it in the wrong spot, the rhinestones can be pushed around until positioned correctly. I didn't photograph any of this because it's too damn hard to work the camera when you have wet nails and fiddly bits going on, even with the timer function which does help for shots like the one below I was quite frankly in a violent mood by this point and didn't want to risk taking it out on the camera. After applying a thick coat of Seche Vite to my Southern Cross nail I breathed a sigh of relief and am now really happy with the results.

I swear I'll never do it again though (until next year).

Are you excited for Australia Day!?!

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2 comments on "Nails For Australia Day!"
  1. These look amazing! (They'd want to after all that work)

    1. That flag literally took me hours to finish, by the time I'd worked out a decent method I had removed it twice and was really getting sick of the whole thing but now when I see it I'm pretty pleased with it, I'd like to have one on each nail but there is no way in hell I would be able to do it without crying.