Step-by-Step St. Patrick’s Day Nail Designs



To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or simply Irish and Celtic heritage, why not dress up your fingernails with fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day nail designs? Creating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayYou can take the easy way out with Irish themed nail decals, or you can get a little creative on your own and apply your own St. Patrick’s Day nail designs. Either way, you’ll be sure to make a statement with a beautiful Irish or Celtic themed manicure.

For St. Patrick’s Day, you most probably plan to sport hues of green on your nails. Some other colors that look great with green include white, yellow or gold, purple, silver, and black. You can, of course, experiment with other colors, too. For the step-by-step St. Patrick’s Day nail designs included in this article, though, you should be fine using these colors.

Try these creative and distinct Irish themed manicures and St. Patrick’s Day nail designs at home with our step-by-step instructions to creating your own look.

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #1: Shamrock
A festive shamrock nail design is a no-brainer for any Irish manicure or St. Patrick’s Day nail design. Create this fun shamrock nail design look with the following materials and do-it-yourself nail design tips.

Materials:
Green nail polish
Nail polish color of your choice background color
Black nail art pen or black nail polish
Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Creating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayDecide which direction you would like your shamrock nail designs to face. You can arrange it so the stem faces you or faces away from you.
3.    Using your preferred green nail polish, carefully and slowly paint three connected circles to form the leaves on the shamrock nail design.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a stem with a gentle curve.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Using a black nail art pen or black nail polish and a toothpick or fine paintbrush, gently and slowly outline your design to make it “pop”.
7.    When completely dry, apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
8.    Enjoy showing off your shamrock nail designs and St. Patrick’s Day manicure!

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #2: Four-Leaf Clover
A four-leaf clover is a popular symbol of luck, and there’s no better time to show off the luck of the Irish than on or around St. Patrick’s Day! Try these simple tips to create your own four-leaf clover nail designs. The steps and materials required are similar to the shamrock nail design above.

Materials:
Green nail polish
Nail polish color of your choice background color
Black nail art pen or black nail polish
Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Decide which direction you would like your four-leaf clover nail designs to face. You can arrange it so the stem faces you or faces away from you.
3.    Using your preferred green nail polish, carefully and slowly paint four connected circles to form the leaves on the four-leaf clover nail design.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a stem with a gentle curve.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Using a black nail art pen or black nail polish and a toothpick or fine paintbrush, gently and slowly outline your design to make it “pop”.
7.    When completely dry, apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
8.    Enjoy showing off your four-leaf clover nail designs on St. Patrick’s Day!

Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #3: Horseshoe
The horseshoe is a traditional Irish symbol of luck. You’ll want to turn the horseshoe up so the luck doesn’t run out… so now you just have to decide which way is up! If you plan to show off your manicure, we recommend painting the horseshoes so that they look like upside-down U’s to you, but they look like regular U’s to anyone who sees them, and to you if you view them in the mirror while your hands are relaxed. Enjoy these horseshoe nail designs for a perfect Irish or St. Patrick’s Day manicure.

Materials:
Silver or Gold nail polish for the horseshoe
Nail polish color of your choice background color

Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Decide if you are comfortable creating your horseshoe nail designs with the positioning mentioned above.
3.    Using your preferred nail polish color for the horseshoe, carefully and slowly paint a letter U on each fingernail. Make the U fatter around the curve and a bit slimmer toward the ends, and make sure it is thick enough that it looks like a horseshoe and not an actual letter U.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a small nubby on each end of the horseshoe. These are small details, so they don’t have to be perfectly matched.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
7.    Enjoy showing off your horseshoe nail designs and Irish manicure on St. Patrick’s Day!

Tip: You can also use the tiny paintbrush or toothpick and yellow, purple, or other nail polish colors of your choice to add tiny wildflowers to your nail polish design.

Enjoy showing off these creative and festive St. Patrick’s Day nail designs for the holiday on March 17 or for any day that you feel like enjoying the luck of the Irish.

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