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7 St. Patrick's Day Nail Ideas to Celebrate the Luck O' the Irish

Written by: Merilin Notton

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Time to read 11 min

It's time to celebrate the Irish and get your nails into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day! Green nail designs are an absolute must for this Patron Saint's holiday – there's no other way to properly show your love for the Emerald Isle.


Whether you want to go full-on Irish or just add a hint of green to get in the spirit, our team have been busy putting together 7 of our favourite St. Patrick's Day nail ideas. Seven only seemed like the right number for this day o' luck!


We've also recommended some of our favourite green gel polishes and listed out exactly what we've used to create these gel nail designs, so you can recreate them straight from home.

7 St. Patrick's Day Nails to Recreate At Home


  1. Glitter Shamrock Nails

  2. Hot Pink St.Patrick's Day Nails

  3. Gold & Green Tartan Nail Design

  4. Nude Shamrock Nails

  5. Dainty Olive Green Nails

  6. Green Foiled Nails

  7. Spotted Pastel Green Nails

1. Glitter Shamrock Nails

If you prefer a more subtle nail design, then this first look is definitely for you.


Here, we've created a green glitter  French tip nail and a four-leaf clover accent nail. It's glittery, it's green, and it's cute – what more could you want?


What you'll need:


How to Recreate the Look...

Step 1) Follow your usual nail prep routine to get your nails primed and ready for gel polish application (a good mani always starts with a good base!).


Step 2) Apply a layer of Builder Gel in our Blush shade. You can sculpt your nails out for longer length or just keep your nails their natural length – read our tips and tricks for using Builder Gel.


Step 3) Cure your Builder Gel under the Pro LED lamp for 60 seconds.


Step 4) Take your emerald glitter gel polish (we've used Dollar Signs for this look) and paint a layer onto your index and pinky fingernail. Cure for 30 seconds.


Step 5) To create the four-leaf clover, simply dip your Dotting Tool into the glitter green polish and create 8 small dots in a circle on your ring and thumb fingernail. Now, using a nail art brush, you'll want to drag each dot inwards, creating the shape of a clover. Flash cure for 15 seconds.


Step 6) Use your nail art brush and the gel polish to draw a French tip onto your middle fingernail. Flash cure for 15 seconds.


Step 7) Finish off with a layer of No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish and cure for a final 30 seconds.

And that's it! You have your beautiful, subtle St. Patrick's Day nail designs ready for the pub or wherever you're going to show off your Irish pride.

2. Hot Pink St. Patrick's Day Nails

We know we said green nail designs are an absolute must on St. Patrick's Day, but we love to experiment, and the results of this next look are too good not to share!


Here, we've created a hot pink mani paired with a classic shamrock design. If you love to go bold with your nails, then this look is for you!


What you'll need:


How to Get the Look...

Step 1) Once your nails are prepped and ready to go, apply your Fix 'N' Flash Tips following our guided steps. These tips will help to create an almond shape on your nails and give you a longer nail length – just what you need for this look.


Step 2) After buffing and cleansing your gel nail extensions, apply a coat of Peony Gel Polish to all of your nail tips. We recommend applying 2-3 layers here to make the colour pop. Just make sure you cure your polish in between each coat for 30 seconds under an LED lamp.


Step 3) Next, you can get started on creating the shamrocks. Simply follow the same steps we laid out for the first look, but use your Green There Done That Gel Polish.


Step 4) Flash cure your design for 15 seconds once you're happy with the turnout.


Step 5) Dip your nail art brush into Break The Ice Gel Polish and draw an outline around the shamrocks. Flash cure once again.


Step 6) Apply your final No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish layer. And you're done!

Who knew hot pink and St. Paddy's Day could be such a winning combo?!

3. Gold & Green Tartan Nail Design

Another mani for the subtle nail lovers!


This tartan-inspired nail design is perfect for anyone who wants to show their Irish pride without overdoing it. Plus, the combination of green and gold is the perfect pairing.


What you'll need:


Follow our Step-by-Step Below...

Step 1) Prep your nails using all the good stuff from our manicure tools collection to get them primed and ready.


Step 2) Apply a layer of Peach Builder Gel to each nail and cure under a Pro LED Lamp for 60 seconds.


Step 3) For the tartan design, use Green Velvet, Gelato, and Goldy Locks Gel Polishes, dipping a nail art brush into each one to draw the lines of the tartan. Flash cure your design for 15 seconds.


Step 4) Create French tips on all but your ring fingernail using Gelato. Then, use Green Velvet and Goldy Locks to draw out thin lines above the tip on either side meeting in the middle. Flash cure for 15 seconds.


Step 5) Use Pistachio and Deep Olive for the shamrock designs on your ring fingernails, following the same steps as the looks before. Flash cure for 15 seconds.


Step 6) Apply a layer of No Wipe Top Coat to finish off your mani and cure for a final 30 seconds.

There you have it! A green and gold Irish nail design, perfect for the lucky day.

4. Nude Shamrock Nails

This look is great for anyone who loves a nude mani but still wants to get in on the St Patrick's Day fun.


What you'll need:


  • Fix 'N' Flash Tips – Long Almond

  • Say It In French Gel Polish 10ml

  • Green There Done That Gel Polish 10ml

  • Green Velvet Gel Polish 10ml

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 15ml

  • Dotting Tool

  • Nail art brush

Get the Look By Following Our Steps...

Step 1) Prep your nails and apply your Fix 'N' Flash Tips to your nails.


Step 2) Now, this look follows exactly the same steps as our hot pink nails, but you'll want to use Say It In French Gel Polish for the base of your mani. Cure for 30 seconds once you've applied. You can build up opacity with a couple of coats but cure after each.


Step 3) Once you've got your  nude polish laid down, you can follow all the same steps as before, creating shamrocks with your Green Velvet Polish and outlining them with Break The Ice. Flash cure for 15 seconds in between designs.


Step 4) When you're happy with your design, apply a No Wipe Top Coat and cure for 30 seconds.

5. Dainty Olive Green Nails

We love the tartan design so much that we had to create another version of it! This time using a cute olive green gel polish – perfect for a dainty St. Patrick's mani.


We also added some little heart nail art to the look.


What you'll need:


  • Builder Gel Peach 15ml

  • Pistachio Gel Polish 10ml

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 15ml

  • Dotting Tool

  • Nail art brush

Recreate the Look Below...

Step 1) Use your Builder Gel in the shade Peach to sculpt out square-shaped nails (after prepping your nails) and cure under your Mylee LED nail lamp for 60 seconds.


Step 2) First, we'll start with the olive green gel polish. Use your Dotting Tool to create a cute three-leaf clover on your index fingernail, creating a heart-like shape for each of the leaves.


Step 3) Also use your Dotting Tool to create the little hearts on your pinky and thumb fingernail too, using a nail art brush to join the 2 dots together to create a heart shape.


Step 4) Switch to your nail art brush to create the beginning of a tartan pattern on your middle and ring fingernails, as we have in the photo above.


Step 5) Flash cure your mani for 15 seconds.


Step 6) Take your Break The Ice Gel Polish and your clean nail art brush. Complete the tartan pattern by drawing lines across each of your middle and ring fingernails. We've also added some tiny diagonal lines along the edges of our tartan here to add to the nail design.


Step 7) Flash cure for another 15 seconds.


Step 8) Finish by applying a layer of No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish and cure for 30 seconds.

6. Green Foiled Nails

Sometimes, it's the simpler things in life that bring us the most joy – just like this next nail look.


This gorgeous green foiled mani is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of sparkle and shine on their nails. And they take no time at all to do!


What you'll need:


  • Fix 'N' Flash Tips – Short Square

  • Green Nail Foil from Mylee Assorted Nail Art Foils

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 15ml

  • Foil Gel 15ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat 15ml

Here's How to Get the Look...

Step 1) Prep your nails as usual, and apply your Fix 'N' Flash Tips.


Step 2) Paint a layer of Base Coat to your nails and cure under a Mylee LED Lamp for 30 seconds.


Step 3) Apply a layer of Foil Gel and cure for 30 seconds.


Top tip! Use a bright green nail polish (we recommend Green There Done That) underneath your foil gel, so if there are any parts of your nail that don’t get covered by the foil, you’ll still have a green colour underneath. Be sure to cure this layer, too.


Step 4) Take a section of your green nail foil and cut it to the right size so that it covers the whole of your nail surface. Rub the foil onto your nail to adhere and transfer, then lift off.


Step 5) Finish by applying a layer of No Wipe Top Coat straight onto the nail and cure for a final 30 seconds.

7. Spotted Pastel Green Nails

Last up on our list of St. Patrick's nails is this pastel green spotted mani. Not only are these nails perfect for celebrating this day, but the pastel green shades fit in perfectly with the spring season.

What you'll need:


  • Fix 'N' Flash Tips – Long Almond

  • Pistachio Gel Polish 10ml

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • Deep Olive Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 15ml

  • Dotting Tool

Follow Our Steps Below...

Step 1) Once you've prepped your nails and applied your Fix 'N' Flash Tips, apply Pistachio Gel Polish. It's best to apply 2-3 coats to build up the opacity and really make the colour pop . Cure for 30 seconds under an LED lamp after each layer.


Step 2) Now, take your Break The Ice Gel Polish and Dotting Tool and create small white dots all over your nails. You can opt to create a pattern or just do random dots – whatever you prefer!


Step 3) Flash cure for 15 seconds.


Step 4) Use a nail art brush, your Dotting Tool, and your Deep Olive Gel Polish to create the clovers – just use the same steps as before. Flash cure for another 15 seconds.


Step 5) Apply a layer of No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish and cure for 30 seconds.

And that's all there is to it – an easy, beautiful, spotted Irish mani!

Create a Shamrock-ing St.Patrick’s Day Mani

Whether you recreate one of our St. Patrick's Day nail ideas, or you decide to take inspiration and go create your own nail art, make sure to take a look at our full collection of green gel polish!


You'll find all the green shades we used above as well as lots of other stunning colours, including brand-new shades and bestselling polishes.

Tag us in your St.Patrick's Day nail designs on Instagram using #NailedItMyself - you might just be lucky enough to be featured on our story!

FAQs

What colour nails should I do for St. Patrick's Day?

It might seem like the obvious choice, but green nails are definitely the go-to for St. Patrick's Day. Embrace the Irish holiday with emerald greens, olive greens, and grass greens – all of which you can find right here at Mylee!

How do you do shamrock nails?

Shamrock nails are actually super easy to create! Using a Dotting Tool, dot 8 spots of your chosen gel polish onto your nail. Then, use a nail art brush to draw lines between the dots to create a shamrock motif. Flash cure your design for 15 seconds under an LED lamp.

What is an easy St. Patrick's Day nail design?

An easy and classic St. Patrick's Day nail idea is shamrock nails. You can use classic emerald green nail polish or mix it up with green glitter nail polish to make it more festive!

What colour looks good with green nails?

Neutral tones, like beige and white, look fab with almost any shade of green nail polish. You could mix and match different shades of green, too, to create a multichromatic nail look.

Merilin Notton

Merilin Notton

As the Head of Brand at Mylee, Merilin is a seasoned beauty industry professional with a strong passion for nail art. 

With a background as a licensed beautician and a track record of shaping and elevating beauty brands, Merilin is dedicated to empowering individuals to express themselves through nail art, making them a driving force behind Mylee's success in the beauty industry.

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