15 genuinely elegant Christmas nail designs we’re loving right now


If you’re struggling to feel festive, these artfully designed Christmas nail ideas should help.

Now that we’re a few days into our beauty advent calendars and starting to tick off the big tasks on our festive to-do lists (ie filling up on beauty stocking fillers and luxury beauty gifts), it’s time to start thinking about our Christmas beauty routines. 

From glitter make-up to artfully designed Christmas nails, there’s something lovely about revelling in a particular time of year. So, without further ado, we present 15 wonderful Christmas nail ideas to help you get into the festive spirit this year. 

Deck the halls


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We’re obsessed with these seriously fancy festive nail decals by @goscratchit. If you look closely, there are tiny holly sprigs, Christmas lights and wreaths. 

Starry night


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These festive nails will take you right through to New Year’s Eve and beyond. 

Metallic stars


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Fancy yourself a nail art pro? You’ll need a seriously steady hand to recreate these gorgeous metallic stars. 

Glitter tips


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Adding glitter to your nail tips is a super simple but effective way of jazzing up your mani for Christmas.

Going for gold


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Sprinkle some festive vibes with this gold sparkly update. An easy one to DIY, use a gold shimmery shade to update your usual french manicure.

Modern holly


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This chic mani gives your nails a subtle festive nod without looking too OTT. 

Celestial haze


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An ethereal take on all that sparkles, pastel colours are swirled together with a light dusting of microglitter.

Dipped glitter


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A minimalist approach to Christmas nails, you’ll swipe a nude or flesh-toned colour over the entire nail base before accenting the tips with loose glitter.

Mulled wine


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Deep, dark and deliciously vampy, mulled wine nails are the purple-red tone your Christmas manicure needs. 

Simple Christmas nails


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A deconstructed wreath decorates a nude nail bed in this design. Simple, chic and wonderfully appropriate.

Icy cool


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Bring the (freezing) outdoors inside this Christmas with an ice-inspired festive manicure. 

North star nails


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More art than anything else, these beautiful Christmas nails are the pinnacle of understated, effortless glamour. 

Santa paws


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Forgive the terrible pun but what else could we call this hommage to Father C. himself?

Green and gold


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Appropriate for professional and personal wear, combine green and gold glitter tips this winter. 

Sparkle border


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An asymmetrical way to switch up your glitter polish, outline the top and left or right side of your nail to create a reflective band of festive sparkle. 

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