Harrogate nail artist’s guide to creating Union Jack jubilee nails
Last updated May 27, 2022

Jubilee fever is increasing, with the Harrogate district transforming into a sea of red, white and blue ahead of the celebrations this week.

From costumes to bunting, there are plenty of ways to get into the party spirit.

But if the thought of daubing yourself in face paint or wearing a giant hat is just that little bit too extra, there is a more discreet way to get involved.

We have teamed up with Harrogate nail artist Helen Wren to offer a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect Union flag design for your digits.

Helen, who has a studio at her home on Cold Bath Road, said:

“I’ve definitely noticed people getting excited in the run-up to the jubilee weekend.

“Some are talking about celebrating with friends and family, street party style, and others are using the bank holiday in half-term to get away.

“So appointments have been full and fun. Classic post box red is always on point. Then royal blue and strong white are really popular colours for nails right now anyway – so simple great British colours are perfect.

“Of course you can’t beat a Union Jack. Keep it low key and just pop it on one nail.”

1. Primer/base coat.   2. Blue all over the nail

3. Thick white strip vertically.   4. Thick white strip horizontally

5. Slightly thinner white stripe diagonally through the cross both ways.   6. Go over the white with a fine vertical red line 

7. Fine red line horizontally.   8. Fine red lines diagonally and finish using a top coat in either a high shine or matte. 

Top tip: If using gel polish and a lamp then be sure to cure in between stages. If using a normal nail polish then leave enough time in between stages to dry a little, otherwise they’ll run.

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