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St. Patrick’s Day Nails

If you aren’t one to wear green makeup for St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps a fun green manicure is more your style.  A friend came over last night and we gave ourselves some very green nails using the Nail Marbling technique using only green polishes.

Shannon’s Nails

Wanting a dark green nail marble, I started out by painting my nails with a base of Paper Chasing by China Glaze.  This way, when I marbled, all colours would appear darker than if you used a white base for example.  Scotch taping all around my fingers I was ready to start marbling.  Using slightly cooler than room temperature water, you simply drop in alternating colours of polish to create a bullseye look.  I used only two polishes, Jolly Holly by China Glaze and Outta Bounds by China Glaze.

Water Marbling for St Patrick's Day

Then, using a tooth pick I gently pulled in towards the centre from each side, creating a sort of flower look.  (If your petals are too big, simply push the tooth pick down into the water a couple of times directly in the centre of your petals and it will pull them in tighter and closer together so they can fit on your nail.)  When you have the design in the water just the way you want it, you can dunk your finger in, placing the nail exactly over top of the design you want.  Once your finger is submerged, keep it there and use a tooth pick to clean the surface area of the water before you pull out your finger.

St. Patrick's Day Nail Marbling

All Green Nail Marbling Design

The draw back of trying to get the flower/clover look on each nail is that you have to repeat this for every nail.  You aren’t able to dunk more than one finger at once, so it is more time consuming.  Here is what it looked like after I had a few nails done:

Nail marbling Design


You always want to  let the polish dry a bit before removing the tape.  Here is a look at my finished St. Patrick’s Day nails:

Nail Marbling Designs (Green for St. Patrick's Day)

Green Nail Marbling

Her Nails

Wanting a brighter green look, she started out by painting her nails with Mint Sorbet nail polish from Sally Hansen’s using that as a base.   And for her actual Nail marbling, she used Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen, Paper Chasing by China Glaze and Jolly Holly by China Glaze.

Green Nail Marbling

Here is a look at a couple of her nail marbling designs in the water:

St Patricks Day Nail Marbling

Green Nail Marbling for St Patrick's Day

Here is a look at her finished St. Patrick’s Day Nails:

St Patrick's Day Nail Marbling Design

St Patrick's Day Nail Marbling Design

Hope you guys enjoyed this quick look into how to create some fun St. Patrick’s Day Nails!  If Nail Marbling is new to you, please check out “The Art of Nail Marbling” for a more in depth tutorial.

Have a safe night everyone!  Please don’t drink and drive!!



20 responses

  1. Those look amazing!

    March 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

  2. They came out awesome!!

    March 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  3. The final product looks awesome, wish I had the patience for this!!

    March 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    • Yeah, it certainly takes a bit of time. I like to do it when watching tv or a movie…makes it feel like the time goes by faster and you didn’t actually just take that long on your nails….and the more often you do it, the quicker you get at it. When you aren’t interested in specific patterns, you can dip two fingers at a time and you can get it done pretty quick. 🙂

      March 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  4. Gorgeous!!! I love seeing water marbles… but HATE doing them!!! LOL! This makes me want to do one!

    March 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    • Thanks! They take some time and make a mess…but my goodness do they ever make me happy when they are all done.

      March 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  5. OMG this looks so cool! You’re so creative!

    March 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    • I wish I was creative enough to come up with the clover idea, but it seems to be around all over the place for St. Patty’s Day. Angelena saw it in a tutorial and we just had to give it a try. I was really happy with how it turned out!

      March 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  6. I should try doing it, too. Hopefully I can do it as beautiful as yours 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Cheers x

    March 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    • Hey, no problem! Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked them, would love to see how they turn out for you! 🙂

      March 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  7. This is soooooooooooo cool!!! You have amazing water marbling skills!

    March 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

    • Thank you! They turned out really nice, I was very pleased!! They’ve lasted 4 days already without a single sign of wear, so I am hoping I can sneak another couple of days out of them!

      March 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I can’t believe that you actually had clovers on your nails! Well done 🙂

    March 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

    • Hehe – thank you! They turned out better than I expected. I’m thinking for Easter, this could be fun to replicate with a soft flower look.

      March 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

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