NAIL ART: PRIDE 2022 Abstract Pride Flag Inspired Dotticure

by - June 20, 2022

For this week's Allyship inspired #CBBxManiMonday, I knew that I wanted to lean in to supporting all of the different wings and facets of the LGBTQ+ community by featuring nail art inspired by several different Pride flags, but initially I struggled pretty hard with how to actually do that in a way that maintained cohesion and.. you know, looked nice. Ultimately, I decided to go with this swoopy abstract dotticure featuring the color patterns of several different Pride flags that live under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.

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Something that really made me want to share specific pride flags in this mani is that I've seen a lot of content online recently focusing on the specific struggles that so many people are facing right now. On my thumb and ring fingers, I featured the classic 6 color Rainbow Pride flag, which is intended as an umbrella to support and celebrate the entirety of the incredibly diverse LGBTQ+ community. Next, because of all of the discourse around gender identity and pronouns I decided to include the Non-Binary Pride flag, featured on my first finger. And because there are still a ton of really problematic ways that bi people are treated and left out of the conversation, I featured the colors of the Bisexual Pride flag on my pinkie.

The most important of the specific flags currently, though, is the Trans Pride flag. As someone who identifies with the gender that aligns with the sex I was assigned at birth, I have absolutely no idea what it's like to be a trans person. That said, I do know without question that the discrimination and discourse surrounding the trans community that is currently happening in our culture and politics is dangerous and toxic to people who are already dealing with some really heavy and hard things. Watching the way lawmakers, particularly in the US but also here in Canada, are using manipulative calls to protect children from trans people to enact harmful, discriminatory legislation that continues to marginalize trans people and put them in even further danger of violence and harm and that is absolutely not okay. 

If you are someone who says that you support the LGBTQ+ community and you don't support trans people and stand in allyship with them - then you don't support the LGBTQ+ community. Period. 

To create this mani, I kept it pretty simple. I started by applying 2 coats of a pale grey jelly base to all of my nails and letting them dry down completely. I wanted a really soft, neutral base but I didn't want it to be a pale pink or white because I wanted there to be a little bit more meat there - so grey! Next, I applied this sort of swoopy stamping image, which I've tried many times at this point, to all of my nails, alternating the direction and position of the placement to add more visual interest to the design.

For the dots, I grabbed the biggest dotting tool in my collection and a yogurt lid to use as a palette and then I dug into my drawers for the absolute festival of polishes I was going to need to create the dots. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of using this sheer volume of polishes in one mani, but when you're featuring  4 different multi-color flags it really can't be helped. If you're interested in what the different colors in each of the many, many pride flags that exist mean, this article from Reader's Digest is really quite comprehensive. I alternated the placement of the lines of dots on my nail, again to add visual interest, and just applied them quite quickly and easily.

Once I was happy with my design, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Cirque Colors - Dove Jelly
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind*
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Whats Up Nails - Box Of Whine
Whats Up Nails - Pumpkin A Day
Whats Up Nails - Fab Cab
Whats Up Nails - Nip It In The Bud*
Whats Up Nails - Jay For A Day
Whats Up Nails - Bargain-Villea
KADS - C07 Bright Purple
Color Club - Wicker Park
Color Club - Take A Chill Pill
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Nicole Diary 267 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper & Scraper Dotting Tool**

* = PR Sample
** = Affiliate PR Sample -, use code TRYSH for 10% off your first order.

If you've gotten to the end of this post and you wonder why allyship to a community like this one, one of which you are not a member and perhaps one that your faith says isn't okay, I think it's worthwhile to really take time and think about the right and freedom each and every person should have to live their life authentically, safely, and with as much happiness and love as possible. The truth of the matter is that there are so many people out there struggling to find their place, to be able to be exactly who they are, and to overcome the absolutely cruel amount of shame that they are still faced with even when we like to think we've come so far. There's been so much talk about protecting the children, while absolutely ignoring the harm, pain and in a shocking numerous amount of cases death that is coming to LGBTQ+ kids and teens. So, yeah, let us protect the children, but in the right way. The loving way. 

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today to check out their Allyship themed nail art. And also, for video tutorials for all of my work, please head over to @pblnails on Instagram and drop a follow! 

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