This year's Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro may have us mesmerized as a result of their unwavering determination and killer strength, but they've also managed to catch our eye as a result of their ability to make this year's hottest beauty trends look so great during competition – even while sweating it out! Whether it's Simone Biles glitter lids, or Lauren Hernandez flawless feline flick, this year's Olympic athletes know a thing or two about wowing the audience (and the competition) with more than just their athletic abilities.
One of our favourite competition beauty trends? Nail art. Fans and Olympic athletes alike have been expressing a sense of pride through their nails, showcasing everything from flags to Olympic rings and even festive glitter polish. Now, proud supporters at home have hopped on the bandwagon, and are showing their love – and beautiful patriotic, Olympic manicures – on Instagram.
So why not show your support for this year's Olympic athletes and rock a manicure that nobody will forget! Get The Look went in search of the most beautiful Olympic-inspired manicures on Instagram to give you the inspiration you need!
RIO 2016: OLYMPIC-INSPIRED NAIL ART
Want to show your Canadian pride and support for our athletes? Opt for red and white nails to start, and if you're feeling a little extra adventurous, you can even decorate a basic white nail with a red maple leaf. To keep things diverse and interesting, switch it up and give a nod to the Olympics by painting the colourful Olympic rings on one nail. Finish off by painting one nail a metallic shade if you really want a gold medal-worthy manicure!
JAPAN: SIMPLY PATRIOTIC
Japanese fans know how to create a simple, yet bold patriotic manicure that reflects the simplicity of their flag. We love the gold and metallic details created on top of bare nails – especially the romantic red and white hearts! If you aren't so good with nail art, try placing stickers on top of bare nails, then keep them in place with a clear top coat for added shine!
Inspired by the vibrant colours of the Brazilian flag? Then go for a playful Rio de Janeiro-themed manicure that's perfect for the summer weather. To adopt the simpler version of this look, grab a red, black, green, blue, and yellow polish and place a small stick or piece or tape horizontally in the middle of each finger nail. Then, using two different colours of your choice, paint the two areas around the piece of tape. Remove the piece of tape to get your striped look, then seal with a clear top coat!
Need more of a challenge? After applying a polish of each colour (black, green, red, yellow, blue), draw the Olympic rings on the edges of each nail, then create a little extra glamour with embellishments and studs!