You Know You Want These Flintstones Nails

Thanks to a creepy-kitschy roadside attraction, I'm going to show you how to get 'em.
Publish date:
September 11, 2014
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A Flintstones manicure seems pretty random--unless you're fresh off a trip to Bedrock City in Williams, Ariz, as I am.

Last month, my husband and I decided to drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff to escape the desert heat. I cannot tell you how grateful I was for a 40+ degree difference achieved in a mere two-hour drive. While road-tripping ourselves up, up, and away, we figured we might as well come up with a game plan for once we arrived.

On our agenda: walking outside without sweating, an informative tour at the Riordan Mansion (so cool), and Indian food, naturally. In addition to all of the above, I also begged my husband to drive an extra hour north to stop at Flintstones' Bedrock City, about 15 minutes shy of the Grand Canyon.

Now, I watched re-runs of the '60s cartoon in my childhood and, like most kids, was pretty fond of Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, and Dino. Even more of a pull than childhood nostalgia, though, was the creepy-kitsch factor of the theme park. It's one of those bizarre roadside attractions that you feel weird stopping at, but somehow end up enjoying.

A few images from our trip:

After our little pitstop, I was inspired to create a Flintstones manicure. Enjoy!

What You Need:

  • Dotting tool
  • Nail art brush
  • Polishes in the following colors: green, pink, peach, blue, orange, white, and black
  • Top coat

Step 1: Paint each nail a different color

From thumb to pinky: Dr.'s Remedy Hopeful Hot Pink, NCLA Don't Call Me Peachy, Urban Outfitters Tiny Shorts, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away!, Model's Own Toxic Apple (two coats over white).

Step 2: Black details

With your nail art tool, draw tiny black triangles on your pinky nail. With your dotting tool, apply different size black dots on your thumbnail. The thumb colors are inspired by Dino, the Flintstones' pet dinosaur, and the pinky colors by Pebbles.

Step 3: Fred's tie

With your blue nail polish and nail art brush, paint a tie onto your orange middle finger.

Step 4: Fred's outfit

Outline the tie with black using your nail art brush. Also draw on randomly-placed black triangles.

Step 5: White details and top coat

For Wilma's outfit, use your nail art brush to draw her dress, and use your dotting tool to create three white dots for her pearl necklace. Outline everything in black.

For Pebbles' hair bone, use your dotting tool to create two sets of connected double dots. Connect both sets with a straight line for your bone shape. Outline the bone with black and create some extra white splotches for good measure.

Finally, finish with a top coat and call it a day!

What's the strangest thing that's ever inspired one of your manicures? And did it turn out OK? Oh, and let me know if you'll give this mani a go!