Saint Patrick’s Day is this coming Wednesday, which means there’s cause for celebration this weekend. Of course, this year will be a little different with COVID-19 keeping many people homebound — so what better way to ring in the Irish holiday and simultaneously pass the time than by practicing your nail-art skills?
Start by shaping with clippers and a file, then grab a bottle of green nail polish and a striping brush or a pack of shamrock stickers. Ahead, we have your guide to the coolest St. Patrick’s Day-inspired designs on Instagram. From minty polka dots to green-and-beige flowers, scroll through for manicure ideas that will make you feel a bit festive on this holiday, even if your plan looks like craft beer and Netflix on the sofa.
Gradient manis are still having a moment in spring 2020, and we’re obsessed with this earthy green take.
Try an emerald diagonal tip and a white stripe for added dimension.
Try a minty base polish, topped with a single brush of shimmer that cuts horizontally through the centre of each nail.
Toothpick-dotted flowers just turned chic. Style them with green and beige polish, chunky gold signet rings, and a banana leaf in the background.
Emerald polish looks best when punctuated with crisp, white splotches.
Sure, you might not be able to make it to the iconic Cliffs of Moher any time soon, you can get this exact manicure with nail stickers and Essie’s polish in the shade Off Tropic.
When in doubt, add gold foil accents.
This forest-green art deco design makes long almond nails look even sleeker.
The shattered glass manicure was our Mardi Gras manicure inspiration, but the reflective green shade makes it similarly perfect for our second favourite drinking holiday.