25 Festive Christmas Nail Ideas That'll Have You Fa-La-La-ing in Love
During the holiday season, we like to be done up as festive as a Christmas tree. A Yuletide-ready manicure is the perfect way to accessorize for every holiday party, potluck, and cookie swap. Instead of going with classic red or Fraser fir green this year, we think it’s time to switch things up with these Christmas nail art ideas. Get your fingers ready to celebrate Christmas by taking your cherry red, rich oxblood, and creamy ivory nail color to jolly new heights.
For Hallmark-binging romantics, a classic shade speckled with boughs of holly, mistletoe, and wreaths just feels right. For cocoa-clutching carolers, a cozy plaid print will give your nails a merry makeover. You can test your own manicure skills by DIYing one of these designs, or follow our lead by bringing this as inspiration to your nail salon. Check out these 25 fun and festive Christmas nail designs for 2018.
Make Your Nails Bright and Merry this Season
There's a lot of merry to be making when donning these metallic nails. Find the tutorial here.
Christmas greenery doesn't just belong in the home. Your nails can get in on the action, too. Find a holly-themed tutorial here.
Kris Kringle would just love these candy cane-adorned nails. Find the tutorial here.
Cherry Red Plaid
Pick out your Christmas tree whilst wearing this cozy plaid. Best of all, it's much easier than it looks. Find the tutorial here.
If candy canes are your Christmas treat of choice, this nail design will look right at home. These candy-inspired nails use negative space and fun stripes to ensure your most playful holiday manicure yet.
Tied up with a pretty red bow, this nail art will get you in the gift-wrapping zone. Find the tutorial here.
Give your holiday mani a girly twist by using millennial pink nail shades. The wreaths give it a festive finish. Find a wreath-themed tutorial here.
Does your love for pumpkin spice lattes run deep? This Christmas nail design might be for you. Find the tutorial here.
Holiday Half-Moon Wreaths
Like popcorn strings, poinsettias, and plum pudding, these wreath-adorned nails seem destined for holiday greatness. Find the tutorial here.
Keep your Christmas companions close. Santa and Rudolph are right at your fingertips, literally. Find a similar tutorial here.
Snowglobes make us dream of winter wonderlands, and these nails definitely have us wishing for a white Christmas.
These tartan nails would look oh-so festive clutching a mug of hot cocoa or baking a batch of gingerbread cookies.
These nails will pop against your winter wardrobe. Cherry red and delicate snowflakes make a magical duo. Find a snowflake nail art tutorial here.
Holly, Jolly Stickers
Follow your most festive fancy when you have these easy decals in hand. Between the holly and the mistletoe, you'll be the belle of the (Christmas) ball. Buy them here.
Christmas Tree Green
Ask the nail salon for the closest thing it has to Fraser fir. Then, in festive fashion, add some glitter.
If you’re not into green or white, this manicure makes a bright but subtle option for the holiday season—and it’s incredibly easy! Find your favorite three red polishes, from dark to bright cherry, and use tape to create gradient corners.
If you're heading for white sand beaches and clear blue waters this Christmas, find a suitable match in this tropical nail design.
Prepare to be the coolest aunt ever. This nail art pays homage to the jolly snowman, Olaf. Find the tutorial here.
Holiday Half Moon
Classic and fun, this half-moon design will pop at every party. The easiest way to get this design is by placing a sticky paper hole reinforcement to the base of the nail, using a paint brush or Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to smooth any smudged lines.
It doesn't get more festive than twinkling lights. These ultra-thin decals will have everyone fooled. Buy the decals here.
We'll let this cute fellow hang out on our nails anytime. Find a penguin nail art tutorial here.
Keep things minimal but festive with this gold glitter half-moon design. Use nail tape or—hack!—those sticky paper hole reinforcements at the base of the nail.
For a festive manicure that'll get you through the New Year, try this matte look. Jewel-toned green gets extra sass from nail jewels.
If you subscribe to the wintry way of life known as hygge—a Danish concept that basically means you love all things cozy—these flannel nails will keep you feeling it all season long.
"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!" Celebrate this classic Christmas movie loud and proud, right on your nails.