Nail Art: Olympic Nail Ideas!

The Olympics are (almost) here! The opening ceremony is Friday so now is a perfect time to start planning your Olympic nails. I did an entire post of patriotic nail ideas, so if you want to an American themed manicure for the games check out that post here.

Below the jump are a couple of nail art ideas I came up with. I’d love to hear some of your ideas!



My first Olympic themed manicure is an obvious nod to the host city, London. This is very similar to my Royal Wedding Manicure, I just used Orly Rage to add a metallic aspect since the Olympics are about winning that gold medal!



I really love the way this manicure turned out. The metallic is great for summer and the Union Jack isn’t too over powering being on just one nail. For the Union Jack I used L’Oreal Jet Set to Paris as the base and just drew the Union Jack using nail art polishes from the LA Colors Art Deco line.


This Olympic manicure is a bit more obvious but I love it because it’s super festive! The Olympic rings aren’t as hard to get on your nail as you might think. Just use a large dotting tool (I used a DIY dotting tool) and make a large dot with the color. Let that color dry then make a smaller dot in white. Viola! Olympic rings!




The polishes I used for my Olympic manicure are OPI Just Groovy, wet n wild Wild Shine Red Red, Maybelline Express Finish Black Onyx, Julep Daisy and Essie Mojito Madness.

30 thoughts on “Nail Art: Olympic Nail Ideas!

  1. beachgal12 July 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I had seen on a blog what either was Photoshoped Olympic rings or a transfer/sticker, was not sure. While this is not perfect it works & I am going to try it. Thanks so much.

    • Alli July 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I hope it works out for you! My rings definitely aren’t perfect but from a distance it’s hard to see the imperfections 🙂

  2. Teal July 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The second one is so colorful, I might have to try it myself. I can’t resist.

    • Alli July 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      You should give it a try! Super easy and so cute.

  3. Stacy July 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    What a great way to do the rings!!! 😀

    • Alli July 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      I tried doing them several other ways when the dot inside a dot hit me. I felt so stupid! lol

  4. Jacqui July 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    You’ve inspired me to do an Olympic mani too! I love how the designs you did are both simple and very on-theme 🙂

    • Alli July 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you! Hope yours turn out well 🙂

  5. Michelle July 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Love the second one!

    • Alli July 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm


  6. Traci July 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I love the rings! You have inspired me! Thank you.

    • Alli July 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I’m so glad I inspired you!

  7. Notes and Nails July 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the tips on those olympic rings! I tried it out today and it worked wonderfully!

    • Alli July 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      I love you version! It’s a brilliant way to combine my 2 manis 🙂

    • Alli July 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Your nails looks amazing! Love the water decals 🙂

  8. Kejal July 28, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Thank you!! I m happy u like!!

  9. elizabeth guerrero (@kissmeawakeshop) July 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I loooove this design! I included your picture and a link to this post on my blog (a post about patriotic Olympics nails). Here’s the link:

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Ana castro July 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I love these! Have a great day!

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