On the hunt for some St Patrick’s Day nail designs that really kick butt, standing out for all the right reasons? Well, we definitely think you’ve come to the right place. We have spent hours trawling the internet, Instagram specifically, to look for the best, boldest, brightest, and most beautiful St Patrick’s Day nail designs, and we really hope that you love what we have managed to come up with.
Of course, you could always take a peek at our other St. Patrick’s Day themed posts. You can find all of them HERE.
Sit back, relax, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy a nice cup of tea. It’s time to talk about all things Irish, rainbows, leprechauns, and green-themed.
1 – Simple Green, Gold & Irish Flag St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Want your nails to pop with bright colours this St. Patrick’s Day? You need to know this next nail painting tip for sure … In the same way that you would add a white or light shade of eyeshadow to your lids before you use a bright colour eyeshadow to make them pop, try using a white shade of polish on your nails, before painting on your bright and bold shades. The blank canvas will make your bright colours stand out so much more.
2 – Glam & Long St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Lookin’ for something super long and super glam for your St Patricks Day nails? These ones might just fit the bill, mixing light-catching silvers in with glorious greens. Sparkly and fantastic, they suit the Irish themed party occasion just perfect. That’s what we think anyway.
3 – Green-Tipped Clover St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?
A rash of good luck.
Yes, we know it’s a pretty shocking joke, but St. Patrick’s Day is all about those four-leaf clovers, something that this nail look has sorted out perfectly. Other common symbols for the big day, of course, are leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold commonly found at the end of that rainbow, green hats, and lots of Irish-themed booze, such as Guinness and Irish cream-style drinks. What’s your favourite part of St. Patrick’s Day? Or is it all of the above?
4 – Celtic Designed St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you’re a tad on the messy side when you’re painting your own nails at home, don’t panic. We’re just as messy, but we’ve learned this super amazing hack that ensures your manicure DOESN’T look like it has been done by a five-year-old AND doesn’t require you to buy anything expensive, fiddly, or from the other side of the world, likely resulting in long delivery times. All you need is Vaseline — petroleum jelly.
The process is very simple too — using a cotton bud (Q Tip), simply line the Vaseline around the nails. When the polish accidentally goes ‘outside the lines’, you can simply wash the Vaseline away, once your nails are dried and safe, and the excess polish will come right off with it.
5 – Simple St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Of course, if you wanted to use something other than Vaseline to make sure you don’t make a mess when you’re painting your own nails, you could always buy some liquid latex. You can buy this stuff on the internet and, in the same way that you line your nails with the Vaseline jelly, you would line your nails with the liquid latex.
Once the nails are dried and safe, simply peel off the liquid latex, which should be dry at this point, and the excess nail polish will, once again, come right off with it. That should make your at-home St Patrick’s Day nail designs much easier. Faster too.
6 – Fierce St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
The very long and complex prep work that is involved for acrylic nails often makes them a not very good option, especially if you already have damaged, dry, brittle, or bad-condition nails. If you need nails for just one night only, why not consider using press-on style nails. These can look just as good and, with the right nail glue, will last the distance, without being as damaging to your nails.
Even better than that, you can even get custom designs these days, particularly if you look on Etsy, and you can just as easily remove them as you can put them on. We love it when things are super simple, don’t you?
7 – Spots & Shamrocks St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you’re still in the habit of cutting your cuticles, you’re probably ruining your own nails by accident. Rather than doing this, you should use a cuticle remover product instead, which does things in a much safer and more natural way.
In order to get a really good mani, you’re going to need a really good condition nail bed. The only way to do this is not to cover it over with acrylic or gel extensions, but to do the hacks and tips that are known to put the good condition back into your nails, as well as protecting them from that point onwards. Taking care of your cuticles is definitely a great place to start.
8 – 3D Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Wait, this joke is really good, we promise you …
When are Irish potatoes NOT Irish potatoes?
When they’re French fries!
That’s a good one, right? No? Okay, fine. We suck. We’ll console ourselves by ooh’ing over this fab St. Paddy’s Day nail designs, which we totally think are better than the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
9 – “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you’re having a hard time removing your nail polish, don’t be tempted to peel it off. We mentioned the danger of this before, and you really don’t even need to do that, once you learn how to use nail varnish remover in the right way.
If you buy yourself a good quality acetone-free nail polish remover, you can soak your nails in it. This will make removing any nail polish a much easier process, particularly those glitter and other stubborn ones. Just make sure you moisturise your nails well once you’re done. The nail polish remover will have a drying effect on your skin and nail bed.
10 – Green & Gold Leaf St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you have nails that easily break or are damaged, going for a longer nail design or style isn’t always the best idea. Nail extensions are a really good thing for when you have a fancy event going on, but letting your nails breathe and be free of their acrylic or gel prisons is a smart move, unless you want your nails to suffer as a result. You can achieve just as many cute looks on shorter nails, all the while still incorporating the same theme. Don’t rush to get yourself booked in for extensions. It’ll be cheaper without them!
11 – Leprechaun St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
What did the leprechaun say on March 17?
“Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
Another beautiful nail look, another bad St. Patrick’s Day joke. Speaking of which, do you know any jokes that are fit for the occasion? We’re looking to add a few more to the list. If you could make them funny too; that would be great. Our Irish-themed jokes seem to fallin’ on flat ears.
12 – Glittery Green St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you have brittle nails, that tend to break easily, achieving these beautiful and bold designs can be somewhat difficult. In fact, some may even call the task impossible. Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you can do to increase the strength of your weak and damaged nails.
Experts actually suggest that you try to first make sure that your hands are clean at all times. This may sound as if it has absolutely nothing to do with the state of your nails, but it actually does, and in quite a big way too. Bacteria can build up, particularly in cracks and damaged nail beds and also under the nails. Making sure that you’re cleaning under your nails is a must. It’s only a start, but it’s a step in the right direction for better-looking and stronger nails.
13 – Pretty Green Shamrocks St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you want a way that you can get creative, without having to spend hours painting your nails and messing it up (like us), there’s a great hack that you can use to make life a lot easier and quicker for yourself.
Paint the entire design onto a piece of cling film or clear plastic, in the right size. Once that has dried, you can literally peel it off, apply that layer to your nail, cut the excess bits off around the edges, and then finish with a good top coat to keep it all in place. It won’t last for days, but it will give you a way to create nails that look good on BOTH hands and makes life a truckload easier for yourself.
14 – Dark & Simple St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Nobody said that you had to plaster green EVERYWHERE to have the Irish-themed loveliness brought into the mix. These black and silver talons have been cleverly added to, with a green shamrock, making an older manicure (perhaps?) just perfect for the occasion.
15 – Glittery Green & Gold St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
There’s not a leprechaun, a rainbow, or a shamrock in sight, but these green nails are still absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, mostly because of the lush green shade. If you’re looking to show your love for the Irish, say it with a kiss with these cute square-tipped nails. We love them’ they’re simple, yet effective. Isn’t that kinda what you’re looking for?
16 – Rainbows & Pots of Gold St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
These nails really will make everyone else green with envy … Yes, another bad pun, but we aren’t kidding about the fabulous nail designs, that’s for sure. Add a touch of the rainbow to your nails, completing the look with lush green tips. These nails could just be the pit at the end of the rainbow for us, what do you think?
17 – Bright Green St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?
Because they’re always wearing green.
Okay, so it’s a pretty bad one-liner, but these St Patrick’s Day nail designs aren’t bad at all. In fact, they’re bloomin’ marvellous and we love them. Green is a great colour, not just for frogs, but also for you if you’re on the hunt for some nails that really match the theme. These ones do. They’re ticking all of the wants on our list.
18 – Elegantly Patterned St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
You might not think that you have everything to hand to help create beautiful St Patrick’s Day nail designs, but that’s probably not the case. You can use many household objects to help with your manicures and nail designs. A hair grip, for example, has rounded edges that you can use a dotting tool. The reinforcement stickers for paper holes can be used to create curved tips, or even a half-moon-shaped base or design in your nails, and can even be used for rounded or spotty designs.
There are plenty of hacks that you can use, and we’re trying to share all of our best with you. Do you have any absolutely fantastic nail hacks to share? We’d love to hear them. If we like it, we’ll share it! (And credit you for it too!)
19 – Glittery & Green St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
If you’re well known for chipping your nails within minutes of having a new manicure, there’s a base coat hack that you can use to sort the problem out. Simple use TWO layers of your base coat, but rather than covering the entire nail with the two coats, simple paint the first coat on the top half of your nail only. When that has dried, apply your second coat, but this time, add it to the entire nail. When that layer is dry, you are then free to add your polish and work your creative magic. The extra half-layer of base coat protection will offer a tad more strength against chipping and could even make your manicure last for a little longer too.
20 – Bronze-Sprinkled St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Add some bronze sprinklings to your St. Patrick’s Day manicure, just like these cute themed nails, for a look that is both fun and glam, all at the same time. You would be amazed by just how much a smidgen of glitter can entirely transform a nail design. You could leave the glitter off during the day, adding some sparkle once the sun goes down.
21 – Light Green St Patrick’s Day Nail Designs
Just remember; there are so many shades of green to play with and so many designs that you could use … Mix and match different features from different nail looks to come up with something super creative and unique, or just pick one nail look and paint that on one nail, leaving the rest of them simply-painted. We cannot wait to see what you come up with, so please leave your Instagram links in the comments below if you’d like us to share your wonderful nail creations.
Not enough St Patrick’s Day nail designs inspiration yet? You can also check out our other post with 21 more St Patrick’s Day Nails.
Also you might be interested in our post about St Patrick’s Day Makeup Looks.
As always, thanks so much for reading today. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the inspiration for St Patrick’s Day nail designs. These nail artists have gotten things spot on with these cute, glam, and colourful looks, and we can’t thank them enough for giving us permission to feature them on our website.
Have a fantastic day, and enjoy your celebrations, whatever you end up doing for St. Patrick’s Day!