There are tons of ways to get into the holiday spirit: watching the best Christmas movies, putting Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas on repeat, and decorating your house to the nines, to name a few. But when you really want to up the celebratory mood, here’s something to consider – giving yourself a merry manicure in honour of the most wonderful time of the year.
Between all the holiday nail polish colours on the market and festive symbols, there are tons of inspiration to draw from. So, to help you transition your summery manicure to Christmas nails ahead of 25 December, we rounded up a slew of Christmas nail art designs.
From half-moon accents and Santa-inspired art to glitter, string lights, and snowmen, here are 18 easy Christmas nail art designs to help you usher in the festivities.
Pssst! Read till the end for our nail salon recommendations!
Easy Christmas nail art designs
If you prefer a simple manicure, try painting on these adorable snowmen on the tips of your nails. All you need is white, black, and orange nail polish, as well as a fine-tipped brush to nail the details.
Gold orbs on matcha green
Spruce up a manicure with some deftly placed golden circles. You can do this with any colour, but we love pairing it with a muted green for the holidays.
Starry glitter ombré
This sparkly ombré manicure has tons of glitz, and star decals help take it to the next level. Simply apply silver glitter polish on the tips of your nails and place your star confetti on top of it. You can pick up a set of silver star confetti here.
Candy cane chic
Channel your inner Cyndi Lou and make your fingers look like abstract candy canes with a swirly red and white design.
Diagonal green tips add some sugar and spice to a regular nude manicure. All you need is a bit of nail tape for an easy DIY session.
Curved, Christmas-coloured stripes are sleek and subtle. With a thin brush, you can try this at home. Just be sure to give each wave some time to dry before moving on to the next one.
Pearly red polish is a Christmas staple. Kick it up a notch by adding pops of multi-coloured glitter. We guarantee you’ll return to this design once CNY rolls around next February.
With flecks of glitter both big and small and a few choice snowflakes, these nails have us dreaming of a white Christmas. Let your inner Elsa come out and play with these nail decals that you can pick up here.
Metallic green zig-zags
It’s amazing how simple metallic green strokes can conjure up all the festive feels instantly. This manicure here is done using foil, but you can recreate it at home with metallic green polish and a fine-tipped brush.
Granted, The Grinch isn’t exactly the easiest character to paint on your nails. This is why we’re thankful for nail decals like these ones. Wear it with Kylie Cosmetics’ The Grinch collection to complete your look.
These holographic gradient nails are both sparkly and subtle. If you don’t want chunky glitter, these fine glitter particles reflect light.
Take a cue from Mr. Claus himself with red and white nails. A white half-moon makes these understated nails resemble everyone’s favourite Christmas hat.
For the minimalists among us, a small half-moon of metallic red keeps your nails in the spirit without sacrificing your aesthetic.
You can also keep your base pretty in pink and add a touch of gold on your half-moons.
Matte and metallic
Metallics will always be a favourite texture of nail art enthusiasts, but you can add even more contrast by adding metallic tips to a matte mani. Try a bright emerald green for the holidays.
Here, nail artist Kassandra Jones demonstrates how multi-coloured Christmas lights can brighten up a creamy neutral polish. Fans of Stranger Things would also rock this nail art 24/7. If it’s a little too challenging to achieve, you can purchase nail decals here.
Swipe left to view the green marble nails!
Marble nails are having a moment, but they don’t have to be in subdued colours like white and grey. These green-toned marble tips are festive and pretty.
If Santa Claus is your favourite person around the holidays, swipe left to check out nail artist Megan’s tutorial to recreate this exact look on your own red nails.
Get Christmas nail art designs at these nail salons
1. Skosk Beautique
Pamper yourself and beautify your nails at Skosk Beautique. Try the classic gel manicure, where they’ll shape, buff, and coat your nails in gel polish and jazz up two nails with the Christmas nail art of your choice.
Redeem your voucher via our Salon Finder at S$38.
2. Queen’s Market
If you can’t stand the sight of a chipped manicure, head over to Queen’s Market. They use soft gel nails, which are less damaging and last longer due to its flexibility. Choose from a wide range of samples and shades for the perfect Christmas manicure.
Redeem your voucher via our Salon Finder at S$80.
3. Yoga Beauty Palace
Located at Bugis Cube, Yoga Beauty Palace offers gorgeous gelish nails in speckled glitter and gold to get you prepped for the holidays.
Redeem your voucher via our Salon Finder at S$88.