13 holiday-inspired nail art designs to try this season
The holiday season is officially here! That means it’s time to sleigh (pun intended) with some incredible holiday nail art inspired by the end-of-the-year celebrations. Whether you love a festive manicure with all the trimmings or prefer a toned-down nail set, a holiday-inspired manicure is a sure way to lift your spirits and elevate your look.
While some folks may want to throw snowflakes and Christmas trees on all ten fingertips, others may prefer something a little simpler — either way, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite holiday-inspired nail art looks you can easily recreate at home, so let them serve as inspiration in the upcoming months.
2Gold Dipped French Mani
If there’s ever a time of the year that screams for metallic fingertips, it’s definitely the holidays. Take your regular French manicure to new heights with this elevated Christmas-ready version. To recreate, use a French mani stencil to help achieve a perfectly crisp line.
3Simple Gold Squiggles
Ho ho ho! This elegant green and gold combo is easy to recreate and will stylishly play up every holiday outfit you have planned for the season.
4Candy Cane Swirls
Holidays or not, who doesn’t love a candy cane? Let your nails indulge in this tasty peppermint treat with this candy-inspired nail design. All you need is your favorite red, white, and pink nail polishes, a tiny rhinestone for the center, and a nail art brush—this YouTube tutorial walks you through it.
5Let It Snow
There’s something magical about snow that really makes the holidays come to life, whether IRL or through our beauty looks. Watch the quick tutorial above to learn how to create snowflakes on your nails.
Plaid is fashion’s unofficial pattern of the season, and guess what? Your nails can get in on the action too! For a vibrant holiday-inspired plaid manicure, try OPI Nail Lacquer in “Big Apple Red.” Honestly, it’s the perfect red for you to rock throughout the holiday season, both alone and as a base for nail art.
7Holiday Inspired Negative Space Nails
We love geometric nail art because it puts a fun yet minimalist twist on a simple mani. Grab your favorite shade and play around with this trend–we hope to see this one for many seasons to come.
8Mix Match Holiday-Themed
If you really want to get into the spirit, try throwing everything you love about the holidays onto your nails all at once. Whether it’s candy canes or ribbons, no one will be able to stop staring at your holiday-ready mani with a look like this.
As you may be well aware, red is the color of the season, and a non-basic way to add a splash of this hue to your fingertips is with a textured glitter nail polish. Get on Santa’s “nice” list this year by paying good ole’ Saint Nick a festive homage and adding his staple accessory to your accent nail.
10Bling Bling, Hooray!
Get ready to party with this fun look. Add rhinestones, faux diamonds, and gold accents to a nude base to make your mani pop and really stand out from the crowd. Go ahead, be extra.
11The Gift Of Nails
Make gift-wrap nails your early holiday present to yourself this season, and play with your look by switching up the designs on your nails to add an extra fun twist. Try Sinful Colors Nail Polish in “Queen of Beauty” to make the gift-inspired nails sparklier and more special.
12Classic White & A Glittery Twist
Snowflakes, stardust, or simply a glittery white polish? If you want to keep your nails simple and add just a sprinkle of holiday joy, try out this classic look with a subtle holiday vibe. Using glitter is the perfect way to spruce up your nails that will look classic with every outfit you wear. Make your tips shine and create your own winter wonderland with this simple and easy-to-recreate style.
Holidays were meant for being a little extra, so why not throw a few holiday-inspired gems onto your mani? To recreate this look, create a thick, asymmetrical line at your tips using a gold nail polish, then add a few tiny gems on top using nail glue. Ta-da!