When it comes to nail art I like to keep it simple and minimal. Adding just a hint of green allows you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without being too over the top. In this tutorial, I also will show you how to add some gold glitter to symbolize the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (Cute, right?) What’s great about this nail design is it incorporates both graphic and glitter trends. That way you can swap out the colors I used in this example to create a variety of on-trend looks for the rest of spring! Although you only need a few basic materials to create this design, you must be able to have patience since it’s essential to wait for the base color to fully cure before adding your design. Don’t worry though — the whole tutorial will only take a couple hours to complete, including ample drying time. I like to work on my computer while my nails cure, but catching up on your favorite TV series would be a great nail drying activity, as well.
St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art Tutorial 1 of 15
Gather Materials 2 of 15
Nail polish remover
Cotton balls or pads
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge-Filling Base Coat)
White nail polish (I used Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in French White CrÃ¨me)
Gold nail polish (I used OPI Gwen Stefani Nail Lacquer Collection in Love. Angel. Music. Baby.)
A small pair of scissors
Green nail polish (I used Essie Shake Your $$ Maker)
Gold glitter (optional)
Top coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)
Prep Nails 3 of 15
Start with cleaned and prepped nails by filing your nails, and pushing back and removing cuticles.
Clean Nail Bed 4 of 15
Wipe the surface of your nails with nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball or pad to remove any oils or debris.
Base Coat 5 of 15
Apply a base coat to all of your nails.
Apply White Polish 6 of 15
Apply two coats of white polish to all of your nails, except the pinky's.
Apply Gold Polish 7 of 15
Apply two coats of gold polish to your pinky nails.
Gold Glitter 8 of 15
While your second coat of gold polish is still wet, dip the tip of your nail in gold glitter.
Dry Completely 9 of 15
At this point, your nails should look like this. Allow your nails to fully dry before going on to the next step. A minimum of a half hour should do the trick, but if you have an hour it's better to wait.
Apply Striping Tape 10 of 15
Cut several pieces of striping tape and them apply to your ring finger nails in any pattern you like. I created an uneven checked pattern on one hand and simple stripes on the other.
Apply Green Polish 11 of 15
Use green polish to paint two coats on to your ring finger nails over the striping tape.
Peel Off Tape 12 of 15
When the polish is tacky but not yet fully dry, carefully peel off the striping tape.
Clean Up 13 of 15
Wrap a little bit of cotton around an orange wood stick, and dip it into nail polish remover to clean up any mistakes.
Top Coat 14 of 15
Apply a top coat to all nails.
Finished Product! 15 of 15
Congrats! Your festive St. Paddy's Day nails are complete.