F is for (Green)Fingers: Fun St. Patrick’s Day Emerald Nail Art Ideas (Gingham!)

by Janine on 15 March 2013 · 3 comments

St. Patrick's Day gingham nail art_Miyuki Nakatomi_Tips Nail BarGingham has such charm — I’m thinking picnics, pigtails, apple pie, and, oddly, The Beverly Hillbillies, although I’ve never seen a full episode. Also charming: leprechauns. Inspired by the adorable gingham nails Tips Nail Bar artist Miyuki Nakatomi demonstrates for the Canadian Living video below, I asked her what shades she’d use for a St. Patrick’s Day version — and scored two more ideas from Tips nail artist Naomi Misu, too. Plus, my sister Karen did a Guinness mani!

here’s Canadian Living’s gingham how-to:

slideshow: st. patrick’s day nail ideas

1_St. Patrick's Day manicure_base_China Glaze_Four Leaf Clover

Green gingham: base colour, China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Four Leaf Clover ($8.25, nailpolishcanada.com).    

2_St. Patrick's Day manicure_plaid_Zoya_Neely

Green gingham: milky accent shade, Zoya Nail Polish in Neely ($8.75, nailpolishcanada.com).    

5_St. Patrick's Day manicure_matte and shiny two-tone_Essie Going Incognito_China Glaze In the Limelight neon matte

Two-tone greens: matte neon China Glaze Nail Lacquer in In the Limelight ($8.75, nailpolishcanada.com) + Essie Nail Polish in Going Incognito ($9.75, nailpolishcanada.com).

3_St. Patrick's Day manicure_shimmer green and gold ombre

Ombré green + gold: deep green base, Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Metaphor ($22, sephora.ca); shimmery deep green layer, China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Watermelon Rind ($8.75, nailpolishcanada.com); metallic gold accent, Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Nefertiti ($20, murale.ca).

4_St. Patrick's Day manicure_shimmer green and gold ombre w shamrock

Pinky-finger shamrock: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Four Leaf Clover ($8.25, nailpolishcanada.com).

7_St. Patrick's Day nails_Revlon Nail Art Neon Fluorescent_Nail Art Expressionist Monet_NailArt Neon Amped Up

Green streak: from left to right, Revlon NailArt Neon in Fluorescent ($8.49, well.ca), Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Monet ($8.95, drugstores), and Revlon NailArt Neon in Amped Up ($8.49, well.ca).

8_St. Patrick's Day greens_emerald nail polish_Revlon Posh_Nicole Make Mine Lime_Sally Hansen Electric Emerald_OPI Greenwich Village_Essie Pretty Edgy nail polish

Emerald greens: from left, Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh ($5.99, well.ca), Nicole by OPI in Make Mine Lime ($7, walmart.ca), Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colour in Electric Emerald ($9.99, well.ca), OPI Nail Polish in Green-Wich Village ($11, nailpolishcanada.com), and Essie Nail Polish in Pretty Edgy ($9.75, nailpolishcanada.com).

9_St. Patrick's Day_accent greens

Side-dish greens: from left, Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple ($9.75, nailpolishcanada.com), L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color in New Money ($4.97, walmart.ca), Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Polish in Go-Go-Green ($2.97, walmart.ca), Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Sage All the Rage ($3.99, Walmart), and CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Mint Mojito ($5.99, well.ca).

6_Revlon FileNPeel nail file

Roughage green: Revlon File 'n Peel 6-in-1 File ($4.49, drugstores).  

pretty St. Patrick's Day shamrock nail art mani_karen falcon

Easy green: Here's my sister's pretty and minimalist DIY St. Patrick's Day mani. Karen used Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish in White Hot (part of the French Manicure Kit, $39.99, londondrugs.com; Rexall) + lime green craft paint + Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat ($6.59, well.ca).

Guinness and shamrock nail-art mani_karen falcon

Oh my Guinness: For this pint-sized detail, Karen used OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys for the glass, OPI My Vampire is Buff ($8.95, nailpolishcanada.com) for the foam, and OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke! ($8.95, nailpolishcanada.com) for the logo on the glass.


There. That’s enough emerald for 2013, right? You planning to rock any of these greens, St. Paddy’s Day or otherwise?

Canadian Living nail-art tutorial vid (hi Katherine!), canadianliving.com. Gingham nail art, Miyuki Nakatomi/Tips Nail Bar; two-tone nail art and ombré nail art, Naomi Misu/Tips Nail Bar. Revlon nail art, Leeanne Colley for Revlon. Canadian Living nail-art tutorial vid (hi Katherine!), canadianliving.com. White mani w single shamrock/Guinness, Karen Falcon.

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YouLookHotToday 15 March 2013 at 4:08 pm

iLove that gingham. It’s SO great.


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