Get Your Irish on: Green Nail Colors for St. Paddy’s Day


butter LONDON DoshYou don’t have to dress like a leprechaun’s twin sister to show your Irish spirit. A splash of green on your fingers from your friends at Deborah Lippman or butter LONDON is all you need to make a fashion-forward statement and avoid the dreaded St. Patrick’s Day pinching. This year, our two favorite nail gurus offer a wide selection of rich, on-trend green lacquers for one of the year’s biggest party nights:

Don’t Tell Mama. Announced as Kelly Rippa’s favorite stocking stuffer, “Don’t Tell Mama” from Deborah Lippman is a dark evergreen polish with a hint of sophisticated glimmer. The color is like a mood ring, straddling the line between the dark green shade that means you’re happy and the blue color that means you’re in love.

Across the Universe. With this Deborah Lippman polish, you’ll look like you’re holding Irish stars in your hands. “Across the Universe” is packed with chunky, bright, metallic blue and green glitter, along with specks of sheer navy sparkles. Use this color on an accent nail or to create a French tip with “Don’t Tell Mama” as the base color.

British Racing Green. This butter LONDON polish was created to match what used to be Great Britain’s standard paint color on all international Formula One cars. It’s a glossy hunter green that is sophisticated enough to replace black nail polish.

Dosh. From the Spring 2011 collection, “Dosh” is a mix of a green Granny Smith apple with gold. In the UK, “dosh” is slang for “cash,” so you’ll have the pot of riches at your fingertips when you wear this color. Use this butter LONDON shade alone, or pair it with “British Racing Green” for a hot French manicure.

Thames. Named after the famous London river, “Thames” is an eye-catching, bluish-green lacquer with hints of gold that may remind you of a mermaid’s tail. If you’re not ready to try this polish on all your fingertips, paint your nails with “British Racing Green” and use “Thames” as the color for your accent nails.

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