I’m not sure if you follow politics as much as I do. I never really cared much for politics, but after marrying my husband I kind of became emerged into involvement and knowing the issues. My father-in-law is the President Pro-Tem for the Idaho State Senate and has been since my husband was in high school. Politics get talked about at almost every family get together.

Through this entire presidential campaign we have watched every debate (Democratic and Republican) and been following each candidate to see who would serve our country the best. Lately the controversy has really heated up; Between the two main party candidates its quite intense. They argue, fight, interrupt each other and have not respect for each other or anyone really. I’m to the point that I don’t want to vote for either candidate. So this nail art represents all the confrontation that’s been going on and my indecisive decision who to vote for. So here is what I did. . .

Note: I will be providing instructions on how to achieve this look with plain polish, along with Gel Polish.Red or Blue

Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Nails

Paint the index, middle and ring finger nails with two coats of white polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cream Puff. Paint the pink and thumb with two coats of red polish. I used the Shellac color called, Wildfire.
Gel Polish: Apply two coats of polish and cure in light (curing after each coat). Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.


Step 3: Presidential Circles

For the index and ring fingers, I began with a large dot right next to the cuticle. Then I did slightly small dots for the next red and blue “dot lines”. (Not sure what else to call those ;D) For the last red “dot line” I did smaller dots.


For the middle finger, I started with a large red circle right in the middle of the nail. Then I did slightly small dots for the blue and red dot lines that came next. Then for the last red and blue dot lines I did smaller dots.

(Note: I did the circles with red and blue acrylic craft paint. . . Some polishes can dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.)Red or Blue

Step 4: Apply Final Top Coat

Now apply your top coat. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.

Gel Polish: Apply top coat, only after paint is completely dry. Cure in UV light for 2 minutes, or 1 minute with an LED light.


Step 5: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil

Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub into the skin.

Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.

Red or BlueRemove gel polish after 2-3 weeks, check out Gel Polish Removal for the quickest, easiest and best way to remove gels.