St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. And you know what that means? Pull out all the green! Typically when one thinks of St. Patrick’s Day they may think of wearing green clothing. There have many years where I have walked out of the house on St. Patrick’s Day and forgotten to wear my green outfit. So when Walmart asked me to share a St. Patrick’s day idea as a part of the Walmart Moms, I immediately thought of nails.
Each week I try to paint my nails. Nail polish is practically a staple in my wardrobe. I always have some on. So as St. Patrick’s day draws near, I thought why not paint my nails a few days before the holiday that way I won’t forget my “something green”. To spruce up the look, I of course needed to include some shamrock nail art.
So, with the giftcard provided I went to my local Walmart to pickup the supplies I needed to put together my “Lucky Shimmering Shamrock Nails”. Below are the nail colors that I found to create this nail look. Did you know that Walmart carries O.P.I. nail lacquers?
(prices from Walmart)
- O.P.I. Nail Lacquer: Gargantuan Green Grape ($8.75)
- Pure Ice: Saddle Me Up ($1.97)
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: White Out
- your favorite top coat (my favorite is Seche Vite which Walmart carries)
- small, slim paint brush
- The first step is to first paint a 1 base coat of white. I choose Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White Out because it is something that I had in my nail care box, but any white will do. The O.P.I. polish in the color that I choose for this nail look is a bit on the thin side. So to cut down on painting lots of coats, the white will give the green color a more opaque appearance.
- Once our white base coat is completely dry, then paint two coats of O.P.I. nail lacquer in Gargantuan Green Grape (such a fun name for a polish). I choose the lighter green because I thought it was a very pretty, somewhat subtle nail color. If light green isn’t your thing, a darker green would also work nicely.
- Lastly, it’s onto our accent nails. Of course, I can’t go without my shimmer. So I found a festive green by Pure Ice to compliment our base color. One coat of Pure Ice’s Saddle Me Up on your dry accent nails is all you need as this nail polish has lots of glitz to it. I chose my thumb and ring finger for my accent nails.
Of course, one could easily just paint their nails those beautiful green nail colors and be done. It’s a beautiful look! But to add a bit more uniqueness to my nail look I decided to add a lucky 4-leaf clover to my thumb nail. I painted it on my thumb because it was easier for me to paint it there and I like that it is a little hidden and a place someone wouldn’t typically look. To start your clover, simply dip a very thin paint brush into a white nail polish (I’m using the same one as my base coat). Then make one small line at an angle. Get some more nail polish onto your paint brush and make the second line. The line doesn’t need to be very long and only the width of your paint brush. So really just a touch of the brush on it’s side to your nail is all you need.
Then you are going to repeat the same thing on the other side, mirroring the angle and width of the lines as on the other side. Make sure to connect all of your lines in the center. To finish it, thinly paint a line going from the center of the 4 lines out in a curve. Allow your clover to dry completely before applying your favorite top coat.
After your top coat is completely dry. Use your paint brush dipped in a bit of finger nail polish remover to clean upthe edge of your nails as much as you can. Painting nail art does take a bit of extra time and practice. An easy way to practice would be to paint onto a piece of paper several times before painting on your nail.