Just 21 truly magical Christmas nails ideas to get on your digits immediately.

If the carols playing in the supermarket and the annoying ads on TV haven’t made it obvious, Christmas is upon us.

Yes, it’s a very busy time and we’ve all got a million things going on…

… But if we could have your attention for a moment, we need to chat about the underrated Christmas beauty statement that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves.

Christmas nails.

Wearing Christmas nail art is one of the easiest ways to bring festive cheer into your life and the lives of others. OK, swiping on a joyful red lipstick is easier, but not nearly as fun as Christmas digits.

From simple festive colour blocking manicures to glitter, snowflakes, Rudolph and mini Santas, there’s almost no limit to how much fun you can have painting your nails for Christmas.

To get you started, here are 21 magical Christmas nail ideas to bookmark and take to your nail technician, or attempt at home.

Festive colour blocking.

Let’s start with your entry-level, risk-free Christmas nails option.

Swap out your regular manicure shade with a festive colour – think all shades of red, a deep emerald green or metallics.

As with any bright nail colour, take your time if you’re doing it yourself at home. Start with a base coat and apply a top coat at the end after two to three coats of colour.

Extra gifts from Santa if you go for a chrome finish festive manicure.



Geometric Christmas nail designs.

Geometric Christmas nail designs are the 2018 version of festive nail art.

They’re subtle enough to pass off as an everyday, modern manicure, but have the creative scope to add a dash of festive cheer.

Try asking your nail tech for a geometric nail art design – triangles, crescent moons, squares etc. – but with Christmas colours.

Red is a pretty safe option. You could also mix reds, greens and golds to make it clear these are Christmas nails, not regular nails.


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Glitter Christmas nails.

Adding glitter is the easiest way to jazz anything up into being festive.

There are so many ways to use glitter and/or glittery specks to turn your manicure into a Christmas manicure.

Just dip the tips of your nails in glitter for a frosted, snowflake effect, add shiny, metallic glittery circles, or paint over the top of your regular nail colour with a glitter top coat polish.

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Hectic Christmas nail art.

Some people just don’t do subtle. If that’s you, let’s talk about Christmas nail art.

Think snowmen Christmas nails, Christmas presents, reindeer nails, Santa Claus Christmas nails, Christmas trees, milk and cookies, the Grinch nails… just to name a few.

You might be talented enough to try some of these designs yourself at home – a toothpick dipped in polish can be used to draw intricate designs on dry nails.

In salon, manicurists and nail technicians have the skills to create more hectic designs, or stock festive nail stickers which can be applied for more technical Christmas nail art designs.

Really, the world is your Christmas bauble.

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A mix of everything.

Can’t choose between all of the above Christmas nail ideas?

Just try them all.


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Which is your favourite Christmas nails idea? Do you do your own nails at home or go in-salon?