Eleven Chic Christmas Nail Art Designs (Without A Snowman in Sight)

It's confirmed. The arrival of party season brings with it an abundance of justifications for adopting a more maximalist style in your cosmetics and outfit. However, this is the time of year when nail art truly shines.

For your next manicure, there's no reason not to embrace a riot of shimmering metallics, sparkles, or a rainbow of jewel tones, whether you're sporting them for an office Christmas party or a relaxing evening at the pub with pals. 

A metallic French manicure, like these nails by Alexandra Teleki, is a fantastic festive choice if you prefer a more subdued approach to nail painting. According to Truong, "silver is a terrific party season hue and a chance to move outside your comfort zone—it's evocative of the fashionable chromes we've been seeing." 

If you're not into nail painting, micro French tips in a seasonal shade are a terrific alternative. want these nails by natural nail artist Corinna Bianca, "for those who want to play it safe, a rich autumnal red is a fantastic holiday choice since it expresses the warmth of the season," 

Gems, pearls, and crystals will be a major trend over the holiday season and just as stunning as an ornament on the tree. Truong concurs, saying, "I think the holidays will be all about ornamentation this year." 

These are fantastic because you can use them on your natural nails, apply them to press-ons (like mine with Lottie London), or use them at a nail salon. See digital artist Samantha, also known as @samrosenails on Instagram, for inspiration.

This simple but impactful freehand bauble design by nail artist Hang Nguyen is so cute and festive. You can keep the colour palette as kaleidoscopic or as minimal as you like, or stick to the nail art on just one finger and go for a colour-block hue on the rest of your nails. It’s basically a seasonal take on a classic nail art dot. 

Rather than an all-over glitter, Truong suggests “opting for a glitter tip to add a little glamour without being too overwhelming.” It’s an easy way to tip your glass to the season’s festivities without having to embrace top-to-toe sparkles. Look to these nails by natural nail artist Nat aka @sgbeauty.ldn on Instagram. If that’s too understated, you might like these deep glitter French tips by Samantha. 

If there’s one nail art look that we’ll be asking for this festive season it’s this adorable ribbon and bow design by digital creator Melanie Graves. It uses classic holiday colours, but still feels quite minimal thanks to the neutral French manicure base beneath. 

Rich, jewel tones like amethyst and emerald lend themselves naturally to festive nail looks. This one by Phoebe (@phoebesummernails on Instagram) is elevated further with a crushed velvet silver top coat that adds decadent texture and a subtle shine.  

“As cliché as it is, glitter is always the first thought for a party nail as it adds some sparkle to even the simplest of outfits,” explains Truong. “I think that incorporating some sparkly nail art would be a trendy way to try it this year, particularly with star or sparkle shapes,” like these nails by nail artist and educator Bryony Howell. 

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