I started with painting my nails completely red. Once that dried I painted a square of blue in the upper left corner. Then while the blue was drying I used a thin brush to paint the white stripes on top of the red. And once the blue was dried I added white dots for starts on the blue. A while later to be sure everything was dried and would not smudge I covered the whole nail with a clear top coat to keep the nails safer.
Hopefully the nails will stay complete until Friday, but I just couldn't resist painting them when I had a chance. Nail art is so much more fun then simple colors.