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2012 London Olympics Nail Ideas


Get into the Olympic Spirit by donning your nails with themed nail art! The Olympics are full of colors, symbols, words, and flags that can be used for inspiration.

If you are painting your own nails, make sure you are able to do a decent job using either hand. If you are not ambidextrous (at least when it comes to painting nails), consider only doing a statement nail on each hand by having art on your ring finger.

Word Play: You could do the classic ‘London 2012’ to decorate your nails or sport something more team specific. Use the Olympic code of the country or countries you are rooting for (Ex. USA, GRB, CHN). Write any phrases your favorite Olympian uses for example Ryan Lochte’s ‘Jeah!’ If letters are difficult, try to limit what and how much you write. Stretch the phrase or number across your nails so you have enough space.

Patriotic Patterns: There are so many counties involved in the Olympics that you could have your pick for each finger and toe and still have leftovers! Mimic patterns or colors of your favorite uniforms or pick a country’s flag. Pick your top one, two, ten, twenty, what have you and decorate one or all of your nails with pride!

American Flag How To

Depending on what colors you have available, start with either a red or white base. Use a nail art pen, a fine polish brush, or toothpick to stripe your nail. Paint a ‘corner’ blue. Use a toothpick to dot the blue. If you have the confidence, try painting tiny stars.

The Rings: Accent one nail with all the rings or make a pattern out of them. One pattern idea is to paint overlapping semi-circles at the top of your nails leaving the rest of your nail blank.

Rings How To

Unless you have a fine tipped brush or pen, toothpicks can help you create the five circles. If you want the logo exact, leave spaces in the circles for the rings to loop.

 

If your polish is bold, for instance the black ring may not show other colors painted over it. Don’t get lost in the details though, I doubt many people will get close enough to your nails or be rude enough to comment on the inexactitude of the Olympic rings.

 

The Torch: The torch may be the easiest theme to paint. The shape is a simple elongated triangle and the flame can be any shape or style you want.

The Medals: Paint some medals on one or more fingers by creating a circle and painting a royal purple ribbon.

London Specifics: If you’d like to sport some London inspired nails, there are many options for your nails. Of course you can paint the flag and write whatever you’d like, but there are also more complicated ideas. If you want to take a challenge, try your hand at replicating the London Olympic Logo or some London Landmarks like Big Ben.

London Logo How To

I outlined the logo in black and filled in in with red polish. Make sure you plan the nail before you start so you have enough room to complete the logo. (I nearly ran out of room and the middle of the logo suffered a bit from that.)

Keep it Simple: Paint each nail a solid color, either to represent each of rings or the country you’d like to win. Another spin on this is to play with metallics with silver, gold, and bronze to represent the medals.

Don’t forget to use a top coat on all your nails to protect your art and to have long lasting wear!

 

Susie: