10 Holiday Nail Art Ideas to Get You Feeling Festive
'Tis the season for fuzzy pajamas, eggnog, decking the halls with as much red and green decor as possible — and festive manicures that match your holiday spirit.
There's no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays, and the same goes for Christmas nail designs. Whether you like to keep your nail art classic with snowflakes, extra with gold glitter, or subtle with a hint of sparkle, there are holiday manicures out there for nail art maximalists and minimalists.
So make a cup of hot coca, turn on a Hallmark holiday movie marathon, and screenshot which festive manicures you're going to try this year. From red and green swirls, to icy white shimmer nail polish, the following 10 nail art ideas will help you celebrate the holiday season in style.
1. Seeing Stars
This manicure sparkles like the star on top of your Christmas tree. Here, manicurist Betina Goldstein used nail jewels to create the design on a clear base.
2. Festive French
This seasonly appropriate French manicure features red trips and a swipe of a multicolored glitter polish. The exact shades editorial manicurist Mimi D used? OPI's Big Apple Red and You Had Me At Confetti.
3. Candy Cane Swirls
Channel the classic holiday treat with this swirly manicure by Sigourney Nuñez. The nail artist went with OPI's Apline Snow and Red-y for the Holidays (Maraschino Cheer-y is similar) for the white and red swirls, and Stay Off the Lawn and This Gold Sleighs Me for the gold and green ones.
4. Christmas Lights
The combination of deep navy blue and the colorful polka dot accent nail reminds us of twinkling Christmas lights at night.
5. Red Ombré
Why choose one of your holiday reds, when you can wear all of them? Use five different shades, starting with the darkest on your thumb, to create a cool ombré effect.
6. Frosted Ice
Not feeling full-on glitter polish but still want a holiday manicure with a little shimmer? Try a frosted white nail polish like Essie's Twinkle in Time.
7. Let It Snow
Speaking of icy, no manicure screams "holidays" like classic white French tips paired with a snowflake accent nail.
8. All That Glitters Is Gold
Adding a swipe of gold glitter over your base instantly makes any neutral polish feel festive. If you're into this slate blue and gold combination, the exact shades are Paintbox's Like Gilded and Like Wonder.
9. Chic Wrapping Paper
This festive design by manicurist Natalie Minerva is reminiscent of beautifully wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree. Use white polish as your base, then a nail art brush to paint the gold stripes. Finish by adding nail jewels for a little sparkle.
10. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
A black shimmer nail polish looks like twinkling stars in the winter night sky. And the beauty of this manicure is that all you have to do is simply paint your nails with OPI's Turn Bright After Sunset to recreate it.