I had short nails for years that stubbornly refused to grow any more than a thin 1mm of white tip and remained in perpetual terrible condition. Obviously, the opportunity for nail art has historically been therefore very limited.
Now on the other hand (pardon the pun), I’ve become a full blown nail addict (acrylics are my vice) and therefore I’ll jump at any opportunity to tie my nails into my wider aesthetic. Spooky nails for Halloween, extravagant manicures for NYE and of course, festive designs for Christmas are all at the top of my list.
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Getting a Christmas-themed mani in December (or earlier, if you’re really keen) has become a necessary part of my ritual to get me in the festive spirit. I tend to opt for a plain coloured manicure most year round, so Christmas gives me a real excuse to go ham on the glitter, gold and all-round gaudiness.
While I’ve yet to master doing my own nail art, the saved folder of nail inspiration that I take to my local salon is ever-growing. Below, find my favourite festive nail art to wear on your fingertips this Christmas.
The best part about Christmas? That period between 25th and 31st December, ofc. You can get real lazy and cosy, with the help of these nails.
Glitter is *the* perfect vibe for December; you really can’t beat it. Go for gold on a clear base for simplicity.
This deconstructed swirling candy cane design gives the festive nod without being too on-the-nose, meaning you can get away with it well into January.
Add a twinkle to your manicure with this Christmas Star-inspired nail art.
Velvet nails are coming back in a big way, and this festive-red shade is the perfect match for your velvet Christmas stocking.
The reverse French-tips are an elegant upgrade to any manicure; take it up a level in festivity by opting for a gold or silver glitter.
Pine for me
Is there any colour that makes you feel quite as nostalgic for the festive season as this gorgeous deep green Christmas-tree shade?
Gold and red work as well together at Christmas as mince pies and mulled wine, and this manicure combines the best of both.
Go icy with this baby blue and white snowflake design that takes inspiration from Scandinavian Christmas traditions.
All that glitters
If there’s any time that calls for glitter and gold, it’s the Christmas and New Year period. These nails will see you through the 25th and 31st with maximum impact.
Deck the halls
This delicate design is inspired by the ultimate Christmas floral decor and features a touch of gold glitter to frame the holly nail art.
This festive red glitter is a glam seasonal twist on your usual French tip.