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Christmas Nail Art Ideas To Get You Feeling Festive

By Carly Cochrane and Julia Richardson -
Christmas nails

Halloween has been and gone, chocolate selection boxes have started to swarm the supermarkets and it’s only a matter of minutes until the Coca-Cola advert hits our television screens.

Christmas is well and truly on its way, and whilst decking your house from top to bottom with sparkle can get you in the jolly mood, we prefer to showcase our seasonal spirit with some festive nail art.

That’s right, from December 1st it’s strictly Christmas nails in the Cosmetify grotto. It's standard procedure for us to give you a little inspo, so we've done the rounds and found a bunch of Christmas nail art ideas that make it straight onto the nice list.

1. Frosted fingers

Welcome the wintry weather with open arms (or hands) with this subtle snowflake design. Perfect if you don’t want to go too crazy with the sparkle, this festive take on the popular ombre nail will look wonderful when clasped round a warm mug of hot chocolate.

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour - Smooth Talker

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour


2. Candi-cure

Simple, elegant yet oh-so festive, this candy cane inspired manicure allows you to channel your inner sweetness. Whether you choose to stick to the red and white colour combo or experiment with other shades, this is a timeless classic that will look fab paired with a chunky knitted jumper.

Mavala Nail Colour - 386-Red Cosmic

Mavala Nail Colour


3. Tree tips

Bring the baubles and the tinsel to your fingertips with this Christmas tree design. Intricate yet effortless, this manicure is a great option for nail art beginners. Just grab some glitter, tape and a matte top coat and you’re good to go.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish

4. Santa claws

If this doesn’t scream Christmas spirit then we’re not sure what does. This incredible Santa Claus manicure is a winner if you’re looking to spread festive cheer. And if you're feeling really Christmassy, you could even throw a couple of cute Santa hats into the mix.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish - West End

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish


5. Make it rein

We couldn't possibly flaunt a Santa-inspired manicure without following it up with his beloved reindeer crew. Whether you want to showcase Rudolph or go all out with the entire sleigh, this is a seriously cute nail art idea that will spread seasonal spirit in an instant.

Nails Inc Hot To Trot Nail Varnish

Nails Inc Hot To Trot Nail Varnish


6. Snowman-icure

If you can't possibly stray from a simple lick of paint then you're going to want to cast your eyes over this design. Pretty polka dots are combined with Jack Frost to bring you a super-festive manicure.

Max Factor Masterpiece X-Press Nail Polish

7. When in doubt, wear an ugly sweater

Who would have thought that an ugly Christmas jumper could look so good. This fair isle print is the perfect go-to if you're looking to slowly introduce your fingertips to decorative designs. All it takes is a lick of jumper-coloured paint and a pack of stencils and you're good to go.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint - GNP29-Chai

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint


8. Ginger nails

Candy canes aren’t the only sweet treat this season. Show your appreciation for Christmas baking by giving your nails a gingerbread makeover. Time and precision is needed with this one but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

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Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint

9. Shine a light

Twinkle lights are a must at Christmas time and not just on the tree. Test your nail art skills and create this intricate design using a range of bold colours on a white base coat. This is a sweet and joyful way to show your festive spirit.

Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

10. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle

This is the ultimate look for the Scrooges out there this year. If Christmas isn’t your favourite but you'd still like to get involved with the nail art, then give this minimal glitter design a try. It’s sparkly and festive without being too ‘in your face’.

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

11. Tinsel time

The timeless classic decoration may look somewhat tacky anywhere else, but dazzle them at the NYE celebrations this year with ultra-glam, sophisticated nails that shine like tinsel with these fairy-dust inspired fingertips. This look is paired perfectly with a champagne flute at midnight!

Revolution Glitter Nail Polish

12. Don't be a Grinch

After this year you may be feeling more unfestive than ever, but remember there's always a light at the end of every tunnel. So what better way than to brighten up your Christmas with this playful, grinch-worthy and festive design. They're practically the nails that stole Christmas.

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13. Mrs Claws

If the out-there, festive designs are too much for you, then why not embrace this low-key, glittery top-coat glazed look. Mrs. Claus herself would agree that when it comes to class, this design gives her just the right amount of pizazz at her fingertips, without being too over-the-top.

Barry M Nail Paint Fortune Teller

14. Falling for snowflakes

Why not stand out from the crowd this Christmas? If the bold reds and the loud greens aren't your colour then you can fall head-over-heels for this minimalistic, pastel purple shade. With subtle ice-cool mini snowflakes that add a festive feel, this girly look will give your nails a metallic shimmer with minimal effort.

Rimmel Rita Ora 60 Seconds Nail Polish

15. Hot chocolate nails

Wrap your fingers around a hot mug of cocoa and show off your rocking Rudolph, tasty chocolate nails. This basic design features a cheeky cameo of Rudolph's red nose, yet adheres to simplistic warm brown tones with a hint of sparkle. So why not Indulge your fingertips with this delectable, cappuccino-coloured look?

Barry M Velvet Nail Paint

16. Christmas pudding

Christmas is a time to indulge in the things that we love and we love this super cute Christmas pud design. Why not treat your fingertips to this guilt-free, sweet nail art, and leave the Christmas baking to the professionals. This look can be created with or without glitter depending on your taste, just pudding it out there!

Mavala Nail Colour - 388-Gold Cosmic

Mavala Nail Colour


17. Gift-wrapped in glam

If you're feeling like you've earned the title of the best present wrapper this year, then why not embrace it. Sit back and relax with your mulled wine and embrace these festive chic fingernails. You can give yourself the gift of great nails and spoil yourself with this simple yet elegant glam look.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture

18. Bauble-Licious

Baubles don't just belong on the tree this Christmas. This design will light up the room and leave your fingertips shimmering in the Christmas day selfie. This simplistic style is for those bauble babes who aren't quite masters of nail-art yet but are looking to add some sparkle to their fingertips.

Revolution Glitter Crush Nail Polish

19. Oh Christmas tree

There's no business like snow business! Spread some shimmer onto your fingertips and have the white Christmas you've been dreaming about. This look may need precision but once its complete others will be envious of your dreamy white nails, partnered with a glittery finish.

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NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer

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20. Ice ice baby

Do you want to build a snowman? It might be cold outside but this hot look is effortlessly easy to create and even leaves a frozen, snowy effect on your fingertips. Sprinkle some glitter onto your nails with this snowman-inspired nail art and leave the building to Elsa.

Revolution Glitter Crush Nail Polish

So, that's a wrap. Christmas is the perfect excuse to get creative and these nail designs are a great way to kick start the festivities - you'll be surprised what you can fit on the end of your fingertips.

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Or give the gift of nail happiness with one of our nail varnish gift sets.

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Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for four years. She has over six years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

Julia Richardson

Written by Julia Richardson

With a passion for all things beauty and makeup, along with a degree in creative writing, Julia is a great source of knowledge about the latest must-have products.

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