Want to wear a little good luck on St. Patrick's Day? These easy nail art ideas will get you in the holiday spirit. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated March 16, 2018
St Patricks Day Green Nails
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Looking for a way to feel festive on March 17 without getting decked out in green from head to toe? These St. Patrick's Day nail art designs spotted on Instagram will help you get in the spirit without going overboard. Besides, shades of green, shamrock nail art, and a pot of gold at your fingertips will help bring you good luck all day long.

Paloma Nails has a trick easy enough for an at-home manicure: Buy a few bottles of nail polish in various shades of green (some sparkly, others matte), then brush a different shade on each finger for an ombre effect. You can also try mixing white nail polish with dark green polish to achieve a range of shades.

For a stylish take on St. Patrick's day motifs, nail artist Chelsea King focused less on the green, and more on the rainbow. To get the look, tape both sides of the nail before filling in the center with a rainbow of nail polish hues.

This manicure may look complicated, but it's actually surprisingly easy if you order the "lucky" decal design. Once the decals are set, the other nails just get a swipe of dark green or sparkly green polish.

To add a graphic spin to traditional St. Patrick's Day nails, paint just a couple nails a lighter shade of mint green and use a toothpick to paint a darker triangle on top. This look is easy to achieve, but still eye-catching.

Not only is matte on-trend, but the effect is also surprisingly attention-grabbing. To get the look, follow the tip from Katie Masters and mix together two bottles of polish to create a subtle gradient of green.

Don't worry, you won't have to paint these intricate four-leaf clovers by hand. Order the design from Snail Vinyls, which makes salon-level nails much easier to achieve at home.

Good news: You can shop both the tartan and clover decals, so you won't have to whip out your paintbrush (or art class skills) to nail this look.

For a look that's more spring than St. Patrick's Day, first tape off your nail, then add mint green polish to create a pastel pattern, as nail artist Julie Kandalec did, above.

Start with a classic French manicure, then add a shamrock vinyl decal for a subtle nod to the holiday. This look is sophisticated enough to wear to work, but festive enough for the party after.

For a graphic pattern that doesn't scream St. Patrick's Day, get inspired by Miss Pop's angular design, above.