End the Year the Glam Way With 15 of the Latest Festive Nail Designs

Whether you like to stick to the basics or wear extravagant Christmas designs, we’ve rounded up 15 new nail art ideas to level up your festive nail game this season

By Trishad Atanga

There’s always a bunch of things to tick in the list during the festive season, like spending quality time with family, get a new haircut… or trying a new, beautiful festive nail design. Whether you like to stick to the basics or choose extravagant Christmas designs, we’ve rounded up 15 new nail art ideas to level up your nail game this season.

If you’re part of the DIY girlies team and want to get the look you want without the bother, why not try press-on nails or nail stickers? You will find plenty of beautiful pieces on Amazon, Boots or Superdrug. But don’t sleep on the talent of manicurists nearby your town. Sometimes, it’s good to trust the professionals to take care of your nails.

Well, if you’re tired of basic simple colours or white French tips, discover our 15 ideas below to level up your nail game this festive season. From chrome nails, frosty colours, to extravagant Christmas designs, there is something for everyone.

1. Reds and swirls

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Reveal you inner painter (or let your fave nail tech tech do her magic) with this easy and elegant red nail look. The swirls add some originality while the plain colours keep up the classic touch.

2. Tortoise shell nails

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If you’re looking for an elegant mani on your natural nails, well, tortoise is the a must-to design to try on! Add a touch of gold to keep the quiet luxury effect, and you’re all set!

3. Christmas-friendly chrome nails

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Won’t lie, chrome nails was the trend not to be missed this year. And the beautiful thing is that this design works with every single colour! To stay in the Festive spirit, choose bright and dark colours, such as burgundy or dark purple. A disco-like nail design your friends will have to copy!

4. Glazed donuts

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Craving some Krispy Kreme donuts? The glazed beauty trend, that took all over TikTok, is here to stay, especially during this season. With a milky sheer colour and glossy finish, this manicure, popularized by Hailey Bieber offers a discreet yet eye-catching look. A perfect way to celebrate the Festive season without doing it ‘too-much’.

5. Gradient colour nails

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Who said you had to stick to red, white and gold colours to get into the festive spirit? This beautiful cafe au lait gradient set can do the thing, if you’re not into hard designs.

6. One colour can do all the magic!

Christmas nails design by @nomm_london
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Getting an original festive manicure with one colour only is easier than you think. Just play around with the colour placement and shapes! A good way to elevate your nail game without adding any accessories.

7. Not so Basic Candy Cane

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Why choose between a Christmas or a festive mani when you could get both? This beautiful, sparkling candy cane nail design will make your holidays even more fun. Choose a bright red with sparkles to shine even more!

8. Frosty frosting

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A set that screams ‘It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year’. 🎵 Sparkle your way into the spotlight with light pink nails and shining accessories, such as nail stickers.

9. Subtle snowflakes

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Nothing fits the winter vibes better than snowflakes do! You can’t go wrong choosing this design, as you’ll be able to add some Christmas spirit to your fingertips while celebrating the winter.

10. ‘Renaissance’ on your fingertips

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Still not over the Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ era? Keep up this cozy and energic spirit with a reverse French tip and silver sparkling colours. You’ll thank us later.

11. Tiny Santa Hats

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Talking about Renaissance, is there anything Beyoncé can’t do? Well, certainly not missing to get an on-point mani! These tiny Santa hats on her nails are the cutest, easiest way to celebrate Christmas the fun way. An easy design you can easily reproduce at home.

12. Electric vibes

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Rocking around the Christmas tree – the spicy way. This electric and eye-catching design by @zeesnaillab can be a good way to step out your comfort zone while keeping to the festive colour palette.

13. Sparkly red

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You can never go wrong when choosing a sparkling nail colour. This design is the perfect match to your beautiful Christmas tree baubles!

14. More sparkles, more glam

@imarninails / Instagram

A little sparkle goes a long way. This nail design by Imarni Nails went viral on Instagram for a reason. How beautiful is it? To keep up the elegant look, try on an almond nail shape. A 100% guaranteed festive nail design that will turn heads.

15. Reverse Red French tips

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This stunning manicure uses all the techniques of nail design. The shimmery red is broken up into solid colour, reverse French tips and a thin line of colour around the nail into which snow flakes are painted.

Happy Holidays! 🎄 🫶🏾

✶ Nail your Nail Game ✶

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