Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

This post is getting published a little late, but I wanted to show you the nails that I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I came up with a cute idea that took some of the main themes of the holiday (green, luck, rainbows, pots of gold, and 4 leaf clovers) and created something that wasn’t necessarily so clichéd with some freehand nail art.

It all started with this lovely shimmery bright kelly green shade from China Glaze called Paper Chasing.

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I applied 3 coats for maximum coverage and allowed them to dry before proceeding.

My idea was centered around a fictional dog named Lucky who has a cloverleaf marking around his eye. My breed of choice for this was some sort of terrier with floppy ears. I painted him mostly white with brown details and a pink tongue just for fun. I decided to place him on my middle finger so he would be the center of attention.

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This doggy is very happy to be so lucky!

On my index finger, I chose to write his name in script. My penmanship with acrylic paint has apparently gotten much better over time!

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I combined the rainbow and pot of gold elements together in the sense that I made a rainbow dog food bowl and filled it with golden dog kibble. While I used craft smart acrylic paints for pretty much all of the freehand work, I used a gold glitter polish from Nicole by OPI called Carried Away for the golden kibble.

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I used a dotting tool to apply gold glitter polish to my nail before painting around it with acrylic paints.

For my pinky, I needed something small that would fit the nail, so I painted a four leaf clover on it.

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To paint the clover, see the image as 4 hearts that are arranged together and then shade and outline it.

All together, these individual images made for some cute nail art! Here’s the manicure before top coat was applied.

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And here it is with a nice coat of Seche Vite on top.

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I love how much darker the black acrylic paint looks once top coat is applied, but it does make a manicure harder to photograph clearly.

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day! Happy polishing!

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