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Score the Perfect Superbowl Manicure

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled awards season programming for a sports-related PSA: Super Bowl Sunday (a.k.a the “the Oscars of football”) is upon us. We’re placing our bets, studying up on how supermodels support their favorite team, prepping for the metric ton of guacamole we plan to eat – and also gearing up for the big game with some team-themed manicures from pros Debbie Leavitt, Madeline Poole and Cassie Banel, of Nailing Hollywood. Whether you’re rooting for the Atlanta Falcons, for the New England Patriots, or simply for Lady Gaga to light up the night with a powerhouse halftime performance, the trio has a “fan”-icure to help you put your pride on full display.

Courtesy Madeline Poole

For the Falcons fan…

Atlanta fans have plenty to cheer about — and we’re not just talking about MVP candidate quarterback Matt Ryan’s impressive stats. Inspired by the team’s rendering of their famous mascot, Freddie Falcon, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole set out to create an easy DIY manicure that recalls its linear design. First, paint your pinky, ring, pointer and thumb nail with the brand’s metallic shade Gilty Party, then your middle finger with its white shade Let’s Snow. Next, use a striping brush to paint red and black lines from the lower right side of each nail up towards the opposite free edge.

Courtesy Jenna Hipp

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For the Patriots fan…

Quarterback Tom Brady is looking to put another ring on it (the G.O.A.T already has four Super Bowl rings from previous seasons) and while you might not be able to gift him a “protection necklace” for good luck like his supermodel wife did, you can cheer him on with a manicure bearing the teams colors: red, white and blue. To create this look, manicurist Debbie Leavitt says to start with a thin base coat. Then take a bright red nail polish (Jenna Hipp “Line of Fire”) and sweep a thin layer diagonally from the lower left side of each nail up towards opposite free edge. “Make sure to clean off excess product on the brush to prevent running,” she advises. Next, dip a dotting tool (“Use a bobby pin if you’re in a pinch,” she says) into  a vibrant blue nail polish (Nars “Night Out”) and create the pattern going from the right side of each nail up towards free edge. “To prevent smudging, let the design dry fully before applying a top coat,” Leavitt suggests.

Courtesy Cassie Banel

For the Gaga fan…

If your M.O. is pure entertainment — and by that we mean whatever Gaga has up her stylish sleeves plus a Super Bowl commercial or two — then this style is for you. “The look is like a pure party on your nails — and that’s what halftime’s all about,” says manicurist Cassie Banel. Simply swipe on two layers of JinSoon “Kookie White” nail polish, then let it dry completely. Then place a French Manicure Tip Guide about halfway down the nail, then dab on a metallic shade using a makeup sponge. Then simply peel off the guide sticker and seal the look with a top coat.

— with Jillian Ruffo