20 St. Patrick's Day Nails That'll Bring You All the Luck

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St. Patrick's Day Nails woman hand green nail design yellow green background clovers
St. Patrick's Day Nails woman hand green nail design yellow green background clovers

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St. Patrick's Day nail art is a good idea for multiple reasons. For starters, it can add some flair to any "cheers" pictures you may consider posting from the holiday. (Priorities.) And if you forget to dress for the occasion, festive St. Patrick's Day nail designs might be enough to persuade someone not to pinch you for failing to wear green. Heck, they might even serve as a good luck charm.

Now that you're convinced, you can start sourcing some inspiration in anticipation of the holiday. You've got plenty of options, whether you're after a loud, icon-heavy design to complement your "Kiss Me I'm Irish" shirt or prefer a more subtle nod to the occasion. Keep scrolling for a selection of the best St. Patrick's Day nail ideas.

Marble with Chrome

Pink perfectly compliments the classic green and gold St. Patrick's Day color scheme. To achieve this look, New York-based celebrity nail artist Elle Gerstein painted the index and pinky fingers green, adding a silver shimmer and matte top coat to the pinky and a rainbow chrome coat to the pointer finger. For the middle fingers, she swirled together two purple shades before laquering on bronze transfer foil.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Marble with Chrome
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Marble with Chrome

Green and Gold Marble

For a beautiful design you won't get tired of once St. Patrick's Day has passed, channel this mani from Gerstein. The nail artist marbleized two shades of green on the pointer and pinky fingers, adding gold flakes to the pinky, index, and ring fingers for a end result that's equal parts polished and festive.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green and Gold Marble
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green and Gold Marble

Clear Tips with Gel Overlay

Partially-painted clear tips make for an unexpected St. Patrick's Day nail design. Here, Gerstein painted on a swatch of green gel polish then added gold metallic flakes. Gerstein used Mia Secrets Metallic Flakes (Buy It, $10, amazon.com), which you can scoop up online if you're interested in adding some shine to your at-home manicures, be it for the holiday or any other time of the year.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Clear Tips with Gel Overlay
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Clear Tips with Gel Overlay

Gnome with Glitter

If you're after cute Saint Patrick's Day nails, look no further then this gnome-themed set from Jordan Andruss, a nail artist who's partnered with Cupcake Polish. Andruss used Cupcake Polish in Plumpy (Buy It, $13, cupcakepolish.com) for the glittery, grass-green pointer and pinky fingers and Uberchic Beauty St.Patrick's Day 05 Stamping Plate (Buy It, $8, uberchicbeauty.com) to create the gnomes.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Gnome with Glitter
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Gnome with Glitter

Pure Luck

Searching for a super shimmery paint job?You might want to copy this manicure from Andruss. She used Cupcake Polish in Leaf Me Alone (Buy It, $13, cupcakepolish.com) on the index and pinky fingers and Maniology M286 Stamping Plate (Buy It, $8, maniology.com) to add St. Patrick's Day designs to the middle and ring fingers.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Pure Luck with Glitter
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Pure Luck with Glitter

Rainbow Stripes

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day nails, you don't have to take the obvious route with shamrocks or green shades. Feel free to reference rainbows that lead to pots of gold with a multicolored design like this one instead. To achieve this ROYGBIV manicure, Julie Kandalec, nail artist and founder of Julie K Nail Artelier, dipped a size 1 liner brush (Buy It, $12, dickblick.com) into the colors, forming three curved lines on each nail. To save yourself from cleaning your brush more than necessary, she recommends completing each red line, then each orange line, and so on.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Rainbow Stripes
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Rainbow Stripes

Green and Gold Swirls

You can't go wrong with a swirly glitter-accented manicure, such as this abstract creation from Riyah Martin, nail artist and color mixologist at ORLY Color Labs. To try this St. Patrick's Day nail art at home, Martin suggests using a milky-nude as a base, ORLY Pine-ing For You (Buy It, $10, orlybeauty.com) and Plastic Jungle (Buy It, $10, orlybeauty.com) for the green shades, and a gold such as Smith & Cult Shattered Souls (Buy It, $18, smithandcult.com).

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green and Gold Swirls
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green and Gold Swirls

Speckles with Glitter

To create this more complicated design, Martin used multiple shades of green with glitter accent nails and painted on spots using an ORLY striper brush (Buy It, $10, orlybeauty.com). "You want a chunkier glitter for this look, like ORLY's Halo," she notes.

Hands with mismatched green and gold nail art
Hands with mismatched green and gold nail art

Stripes with Negative Space

For simple St. Patrick's Day nails, take a cue from this negative space mani from nail artist Samantha Gowe. Gowe painted on Essie Sugar Daddy (Buy It, $9, target.com) as a base before painting half of each nail with Butter London Jack The Lad (no longer available) and drawing thin stripes down the middle with Essie On The Roadie (Buy It, from $20, amazon.com). If you find painting a straight lines down the center of each nail to be an overwhelming task, don't fret: You can totally rock this St. Patrick's Day nail art without 'em.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Stripes with Negative Space
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Stripes with Negative Space

Chrome and Shamrocks

If St. Patrick's Day is one of your favorite holidays, you can go all out with a design such as this creation from nail artist and LeChat ambassador Syreeta Aaron. Using gel polish, Aaron painted each nail black then layered chrome shades on top, blending the metallic colors together for seamless transitions. She then added black and white four leaf clovers using a stamping tool.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Foil and Shamrocks
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Foil and Shamrocks

Vertical Ombre

To accomplish this ombre nail art, Aaron painted stripes with LeChat Perfect Match in Mood Shamrock (Buy It, $18, lechatnails.com), Nene (Buy It, $18, lechatnails.com), and Neptune (Buy It, $18, lechatnails.com), blending them together along the way. She alternated the order of the colors with each finger.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Vertical Ombre
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Vertical Ombre

Color-Changing Design

If you know of a nail artist who's down to try intricate designs (or you can pull them off yourself!), you can achieve the likes of these St. Patrick's Day nails from Anais Flores, a nail artist who's partnered with LeChat. Flores used a fine detailing brush to hand-paint each finger.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Color-Changing Design
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Color-Changing Design

Jade Manicure

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect occasion to get in on the jade nail art trend — just make sure you have a detail brush for the signature white swirls. Nail artist Rachel Messick used gel for this look, "but you can create a similar vibe with Cirque Colors Jade Jelly Polish, a touch of sheer white polish like Funny Bunny, and some soft gold foil flecks," she says.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Jade Manicure
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Jade Manicure

Bold Swirls

Messick also came up with this dreamy take on green swirls. "I love the juxtaposition of the classic nude base and the groovy mix of white, green and navy swirls," she says. "To recreate this look at home grab your favorite polishes and a great liner brush — I love Double Moss Arte's Primero Brush set."

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Bold Swirls
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Bold Swirls

Clover Accent Nail

For these St. Patrick's Day nails, nail artist Taryn VanAlfen opted for an energizing bright green when painting most of the fingers, but really took the mani to the next level by painting a cluster of clovers as an accent nail. For a similar effect, you could add shamrock nail stickers (Buy It, $13, amazon.com) to each ring finger.

Hand with four leaf clover nail art
Hand with four leaf clover nail art

Geometric Design

If you aren't married to the classic shade of green on the flag of Ireland, you can combine dark winter green with mint, as nail artist Nicole Rios Soto did here. And with more muted hues and the abstract design, you sure won't tired of this gorgeous mani for days (if not weeks) after March 17.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Geometric Design
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Geometric Design

Mismatched Green Shades

Rios Soto opted for a similar palate when creating this mismatched design that alternates between full coverage and French tips. Rotate a gold polish in if you want to add some shine.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Mismatched Green Shades
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Mismatched Green Shades

Marble Swirls

Rios Soto is also behind this marbleized design, which was inspired by the Chicago River which gets dyed green ever year on St. Patrick's Day, she says. Nail artists often create marbleized designs using a detail brush, but water marbling (adding polish to water and dipping your fingers in) offers a more beginner-friendly method.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Marble Swirls
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Marble Swirls

Leaf Design

The arrival of Saint Patrick's Day means that spring is on the horizon. Take a cue from Rios Soto's client and copy their plant-inspired manicure to celebrate the impending change in season (hello, warm weather!) while still nodding to St. Patrick's Day with green. (See also: Easy Spring Nail Designs for Celebrating Warmer Weather)

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Leaf Design
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Leaf Design

Green with Gold Flakes

Simple green nails scream "St. Patrick's Day" without running the risk of potentially looking a bit, well, cheesey. Rios Soto went with an almond shape and gold flakes to keep them from feeling too boring. (Related: How to File Your Nails Like a Pro)

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green with Gold Flakes
Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art - Green with Gold Flakes