How To: Shamrock Shake Nails (4 Ways!)

Hey you! St. Patrick's Day plans? I'm still not 100%, so I probably won't be celebrating St. Patrick's Day, but at least my nails will be festive! These nails were inspired by the McDonald's Shamrock Shake, a minty and green milkshake, sold in America (and a few select places) every year. I'm sharing four different techniques that make this classic nail design easy to do. Enjoy!

1--Really Easy

  • Paint nails a base color and allow to dry.
  • Apply a small shamrock sticker to nail(s). 
  • Peel off sticker and remove polish when you're done wearing the design.
  • Paint nails base color and allow to dry.
  • Using a permanent marker or paint pen, draw a shamrock on your nail(s).
  • To easily draw a shamrock, draw 3 hearts or 3 triangles.

practice makes perfect

  • Paint nails base color and allow to dry fully.
  • Pour shamrock color of polish onto a bendable piece of plastic or a plastic sandwich bag.
  • Use the dotting tool to draw shamrock(s). Allow to dry and then apply another coat or two.
  • Carefully peel away the shamrock(s) and place on the nail(s). Bendable plastic works best.
  • Seal with a top coat.
TIP: If you have trouble drawing shamrocks, 
Google pictures of shamrocks on your phone or Ipad. 
Place the plastic on top and trace/fill in the design.

  • Paint nails a mint base color. Allow to dry. I added a clear top coat to make it easier to draw the shamrocks, but it's not necessary.
  • Using a dotting tool (or toothpick, pin head, nail head, etc.) create shamrock(s) on you nail(s) with green polish. Try 3 hearts or 3 squares for easy shamrock designs.
  • Add a clear coat.
I need a mint-ervention

  • As always, just try an accent nail!
  • Instead of mint base, try white.
  • Instead of mint base and green shamrocks, try it in reverse.
  • Paint nails a dark green and create shamrocks using gold polish or paint pens.
  • When all else fails, add glitter.
Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. Great post for st Patty's day!! And I agree, add glitter when all fails:-) Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  2. I can't believe you're still feeling under the weather, Elle - I hope the end is in sight very soon! In the meantime, this is such a cute tutorial; I don't think we do Saint Patrick's Day here in France, but maybe I can put shamrocks on my nails just for fun and see what kind of bizarre reactions I get ;)

  3. Wonderful! It's great that you gave so many techniques.


  4. I loved this picture on Instagram and am so happy you're sharing how to make our nails St. Pat's festive! I don't own a lot of green, so I'm looking for ways to not get pinched (especially since I'm going to a HUGE St. Pat's celebration where it's going to look like leprechaun-ville).
    Feel better soon, love! I'll have a pint in your honor <3

  5. Love these shamrock nails, Elle! Very cool:) And I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Oh wow, I am definitely not that talented with nail art. I'm doing well if I keep the nail polish on my nails. ;) Seriously, though, I'm loving the mint color! I've been looking for one that I really like. :)

  7. Wow these nails are amazing for paddys day

  8. Cool nail design! I need to get Shamrock Shake this weekend!

  9. What a fun design! Have a good weekend dear and I hope that you are feeling better!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  10. Really impressive blog, love your style. If you want check mine and we could follow each other:-)

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  11. Your four leaf clovers came out better than mine lol I love that you were inspired by the shamrock shake :p I got one but tasted like crap. Honestly doesn't compare to Jack in the Box's mint shake but they're only on the West Coast :/

  12. Got to love McDonald's Shamrock Shake!

  13. I would never have thought to interconnect hearts to make a shamrock...I'll totally try this next year!! Hope you feel better soon!!

  14. You're so creative - I love it. I just painted my nails green. Plain old green - I feel so lame compared to your awesomeness :)

  15. These turned out cute! I like the inspiration behind it as well. Great job!

  16. happy st pats day!


  17. Holy CR@P this is awesome! I'm so lame at doing nail art on my right hand - but this takes the ambidextrous element out of it!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  18. So cute for St. Patrick's Day! Now I'm in the mood for a shamrock shake!

  19. It's adorable hun!!However, I must be clumsy because I don't find the sub by email button :-((
    Love, Coco

  20. Happy St Patrick's Day, cute nails, your dedication and patience is always amazing! xoxo.

  21. Ugh...I'm sorry you're still sick!

    What polish did you use for the base? It's a great minty color.

  22. Love this. SO fun! Hope you're having a great weekend. xo, Julie

  23. I am obsessed with mint, too! Also, I had a shamrock shake for the first time yesterday and am in LOVE. It was delicious!

  24. Very clear instructions. The design looks fun and the plastic idea is something I have never tried so I'm curious. Seems safer than drawing straight on nails. Thanks for sharing :)

    Heel in Mint

  25. This is such a cool idea for a manicure! Definitely gonna try this out even though St. Patty's day is over haha. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well, I truly appreciate it :)

    My Blog, Crystal's Beauty Corner

  26. omg girl this is super amazing! I feel like I would only make blobs..ha!

  27. I was in Italy this weekend, we completely forgot about St. Patrick's!


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