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Get Olympic-themed nails
A screenshot of the “2012 Olympics Nail Art ” video by pixiepolish.


The 2012 Summer Olympics kick off in London July 27, but if you’re a beauty junkie who’s more interested in checking out the rhythmic gymnastics teams’ makeup than their leaps and pirouettes, why not show your enthusiasm with an Olympic-inspired manicure.

When it comes to selecting your Olympic-themed manicure, there are an array of tutorials to offer inspiration and technical aid via YouTube. Here is a selection of some of the best.

Lord of the rings

Blending Union Jacks with the Olympic Rings, this design by pixiepolish is the ideal way to pay tribute to this year’s Summer Olympics host city. Requirements include acrylic crafting paints in blue, black, red, yellow, green and white as well as a toothpick.
Watch video here: www.youtu.be/c_VoWviBidE

London calling

Ladies lucky enough to be visiting the British capital during the Games will no doubt need to familiarize themselves with the London Underground system. Here, sweetienails offers a colourful manicure based on the city’s underground map.
Watch video here: www.youtu.be/Xvrft3aYWbs

Fire fire

When it began back in May, the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay inspired NailsbyJenny to come up with this easy-to-recreate glittery design that will evoke the spark of the Olympic flame perfectly.
Watch video here: www.youtu.be/lCnIbIP-1kw

Support your country

As host destination for this year’s Olympics, there are numerous Union Jack nail tutorials to be found online. A quick search on YouTube will unearth guides to creating flags from an array of countries, though — for example, makeup guru Michelle Phan has created an impressive Team USA nail art tutorial with matching eyes: www.youtu.be/T1DBBLIQLN8

Aussies should check out glitzygirl146’s easy-to-follow guide to recreating the Australian flag on their nails — www.youtu.be/WJlBaVnc3wE — while Canadians can see how to recreate their country’s Maple Leaf with the following guide: www.youtu.be/fzOM2SeeocE –AFP RELAXNEWS