02/08/2012 11:11 | By Sarah Hecks, fashion & beauty editor, MSN Her

How to: patriotic nails

Worn by a host of Olympians this weekend, patriotic nail art is the most stylish way to show your support during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Here’s how to recreate the look.

Show your support for Team GB with Zarra Celik, Max Factor Nail Ambassador demonstrates how to create Union Jack Nail Art; so you can show your support for team GB in style.

Nail art (© Max Factor)

Prep: all nails should be filed, buffed and prepped with a base coat

Step one: using Max Effect Mini Polish in Ruby Tuesday, paint a straight line down the centre of the nail

Step two: next, paint a horizontal line in red across the middle of the nail to make the cross

Step three: using a Nail Art Striper, paint the diagonal lines of the Union Flag in the rectangle space

Step four: outline the red cross and diagonal star using a Nail Art Striper and white nail polish to create the Union Flag

Step five: paint small triangles in the gaps using Max Effect Mini Polish in Cloudy Blue (or Odyssey Blue for a touch of glamour)

Step six: use Max Factor Nailfinity Top Coat for a long-lasting, glossy finish

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