It's the most wonderful time of the year! And since you'll be using your hands to hang sparkly Christmas tree ornaments and sip mugs of hot cocoa or hot toddies, you need to make sure your paws are on-point. You might not want to dress like a Christmas tree from head-to-toe every day of December, it's never a bad idea to have a little hint of holiday spirit to take you through the season. Christmas nail art is a great way to keep the vibes alive, and you're going to need some cute manicure ideas to keep it cute.
Don't worry — if red and green aren't your signature colors, we've got looks from across the color wheel and it can not be overstated how adorable these mani designs are in all hues.
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When you think about Christmas time, you undoubtedly think of candy canes. They might be the Christmas equivalent of Halloween's controversial candy corn treat, but even if you're not sucking on peppermint sticks this December, you can't deny that this is a pretty darn cute nail art design that won't look too over-the-top to keep rocking for a whole month. An added bonus, because of the sparkling nail polish, this design could take you all the way to New Years' Eve without someone batting an eye!
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Similar to the last nail art design, this look evokes candy canes but also another winter favorite: snowflakes! If you didn't like the fully white-and-sparkly nail in the last photo, this one keeps it cool with solid red sparkly nails, candy-cane art, and a snowflake on top of a french manicure-esque red and white look. If you look closely, you can see that the other hand has the same designs is a slightly different order, which does add a little something special to the overall nail art idea.
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This Christmas nail art idea looks great on someone who likes to keep their claws on the shorter side. Plus, you won't have to shell out twenties at the salon because it's pretty manageable to DIY. All you need is some red, white, and gold polish and a little bit of a darker color, too! If you want to keep rocking these into 2020, do you! You can ever take some polish remover on your ring finger, cover it with some gold, and it's purr-fect for your NYE bash!
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If you're someone who doesn't like to be totally in-your-face with nail designs, may we recommend this subtle look? Using a pastel matte in the blue-purple hue and stringing some snow-ish white polish on the tips gives it a distinct winter feeling without necessarily screaming it from the rooftops. Heck, you could start rocking this nail look before Thanksgiving!
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No shame... raise your hand if your favorite part of the holiday season is the gifts! Sure, it's great to see friends and family, but there's something about Christmas that can be a little... stressful. So, remind yourself of the best-of-times with this present-inspired nail art idea. Red, green, and gold are the colors of the season but this look doesn't overwhelm you with any of them.
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We love the manicure trend of making every nail slightly different, and with this Christmas nail art idea, every claw is different, but they're similar enough that it doesn't seem totally strange to have them all on the same hand. After all, you want to be surprising but coordinated!
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This nail art idea is similar to the Christmas one showed earlier with a reindeer, but its incorporation with the color black (and some snowflakes popping from dark), make this manicure design a little extra edgy in the best way. We've got a whole host of colors used: Black, white, red, brown, gold, and silver. If you've got some extra time on your hands, you could take a stab at it yourself. Otherwise, it doesn't look too difficult for a nail tech to perfect if you're on a tighter holiday schedule. I mean, aren't we all? Those gifts aren't going to buy themselves!
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Well, Stranger Things totally co-opted Christmas lights because that's *all* I can think of when looking at the bedazzled nail design. Still, it's pretty perfect for your lewk this year and pretty much goes with any outfit you have planned for December 25. Since Taylor Swift told us that we can keep the Christmas lights up 'til January, you can keep these on your paws well into the new year! (Let's face it, we keep Xmas lights up until March!)
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Just like you cut some small pieces of wrapping paper and stuck 'em on your nails with glue, this is probably slightly better for your nails than otherwise. It would take an artist's precision to get the sleigh and snowflake look, but you probably can get a few stencils off Amazon to speed up the process. These Christmas nail stencils could work?
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Matte black nails? On Christmas? Surprisingly, this works well. With some majestic red bells, and flecks of gold, too, this could be a scene out of It's A Wonderful Life. That's exactly what we're here for this holiday season! With Christmas nail art ideas like these ones, you'll be trying to keep up the holiday spirit all year long in 2020 — but don't worry, you can use some of them next year, too.