12 Olympic Nail Art Ideas Worthy of a Gold Medal

We promise these are nowhere near as difficult as actually competing in the Olympics.


Prep your nails for Pyeongchang with one of these winning designs. And just in case you don't have the steadiest hand, you can always take a shortcut with instead.

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Location, Location, Location

Even if you're rooting for Team USA, you can show your support for South Korea hosting the games by painting simple Olympic imagery on your thumbs with a . 

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Patriotic Polish

Show your Olympic spirit with nails painted in the colors and shapes of the American flag. Any red, white, and blue polishes will do!

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Skiers and Sparkles

We love the silhouettes on this creative ode to one of the Winter Olympics' most popular sports. Feel free to upgrade the sparkly accents shimmery gold polish, like Zoya Professional Lacquer in Goldie ($10, ), to reflect the top medal.

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Sporty Stripes

You don't have to go full-on flag to show your support for Team USA. This elegant option features red and blue over an opaque white polish.

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Go for the Gold

You may not get the chance to wear a gold medal around your neck, but you can definitely get the vibe going on your fingertips with a gold foil or .

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Medal Mani

We love this more literal take on Olympic medals. The easy design just takes a few stripes and dots to create the gold, silver, and bronze prizes.

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Hockey Heroes

Don't worry, hockey fans — you don't have to be a brilliant artist to paint players on your nails. This manicure was done using nail stamping plates, like .

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Stamped Skate

Look closely and you'll see this pretty mani also features a stamped design — snow and ice skates — that's perfect for figure skating fans. Instagram user used stamping plates by UberChic ($15, ) to get the look.

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Shaun White for the Win

An injury may keep legendary snowboarder Shaun White out of the Olympics this year, but that doesn't mean you can't show him support with a manicure that boasts his logos.

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2016 Olympic nail art designs
Ringed Out

If you're all about bright shades, paint each of your nails a neon color from the Olympic rings, then use your thumb for the rings in all their glory.

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Team USA

Support Team USA with this patriotic spread. (Check out our Fourth of July gallery for even more America-themed manis!)

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2016 Olympic nail art designs
Shimmery Spirit

Who doesn't love a little glitter? Spice up your Olympic nail art with a pearlescent top coat and five-ring accent nails.

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