20 Christmas Nail Art Ideas You'll Want to Re-Create Now

Updated 04/16/19

Here at Byrdie HQ, we love a bit of nail art. Whether it's simplistic negative space designs or full-on glitterazzi transfers, if your mani is mixing it up, we want to see it. In my opinion, there's no better time to experiment with your nails than the Christmas period. Why? Well because whether you're feeling festive yet or not, Christmas nail art always helps to make you feel that little bit more party-ready.

But Christmas nails don't have to mean mini Santa designs painted onto every nail (although, they can mean that too). Our favourite Christmas nail designs are the kind you can probably get away with wearing all year round—just with an extra bit of festive sparkle and flair. To give you some serious manicure envy, we've stalked some of our favourite nail accounts, salons and artists to compile our ultimate list of Christmas nail art inspo.

@drybylondon

These simple silver dots are not only gorgeous but also easy to re-create.

@drybylondon

Use an ultra-fine eyeliner brush to re-create the white zigzag detail on these festive fingers. 

@drybylondon

There's nothing chicer than gold-leaf detailing on nude nails. For an extra detail, use your favourite burgundy hue to mix up this negative-space mani.

@drybylondon

Don't fancy nail art on all 10 digits? Keep to one for a stand-alone look. 

@drybylondon

This gorgeous crystal-esque line looks über-modern against an otherwise nude nail. 

@nailsbymei

Simple but chic. Nothing feels more festive than red and white together. 

@nailsbymh

You might want to rope in a friend (or some nail decals) to re-create this super-intricate snowflake design.

@nailsbymh

We can't get enough of this star outline-effect mani. 

@paintbox

Crystal tips are perfect for adding a little extra somethin' somethin' to your otherwise French design.

@shoreditchnails

Chunky glitter + nude basecoat = simplistic nail art goals. 

@shoreditchnails

Taking your manicure up a section to build a negative-space design is one of the easiest ways to create a new look. 

@shoreditchnails

We want to wear these gorge starry nails all year round. 

@shoreditchnails

The metallic red of this negative space stripe reminds us of tinsel on a Christmas tree. 

@shoreditchnails

Negative space? Check. Gold ribbon? Check. Christmas red? Check.

@shoreditchnails

We told you Santa designs were fair game too (plus, how cute is the mince pie!?).

@shoreditchnails

Another snowflake design—this time on a frosty coloured pearl shade. 

@shoreditchnails

After seeing this glorious manicure, we're going to be practicing our star drawing skills every damn day. 

@shoreditchnails

The combination of chunky and fine glitter keeps this manicure ultra modern and interesting. 

@mytownhouseuk

Sometimes there's nothing better than the perfect red. This shade is bright, clean and oh so Christmassy.

@mytownhouseuk

Who said white nails need to be saved only for summer? Give yours a frosty edge by painting one nail silver and sparkly. 

Plus, the products that will help you create the look…

Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers
Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers $8
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It's the queen's favourite nail shade, and for good reason. The perfect pinky nude, Ballet Slippers also doubles up as the ultimate base for simplistic nail art designs. 

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Shattered Souls
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Shattered Souls $18
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Chunky glitter is more fun and modern than super-fine sparkles. Layer this gold over nude, red or navy nails for a festive glitz. 

Jin Soon Nail Polish in Soiree
Jin Soon Nail Polish in Soiree $17
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If silver sparkles are your kinda jam, this Jin Soon polish is perfect.

MAC Galactic Glitter in Mix Stars
MAC Galactic Glitter in Mix Stars $17
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Apply these stars when your nail varnish is drying and still slightly tacky before locking them in with a clear topcoat.

Nars Nail Polish in Dovima
Nars Nail Polish in Dovima $15
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The perfect clean Christmas red… We love Dovima by Nars. 

Nazila Love Glamour Gold Leaf
Nazila Love Glamour Gold Leaf $5
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If you're feeling really creative, use gold leaf to create your own festive nail design. 

Salon Services Multi Dotting Tool Set
Salon Services Multi Dotting Tool Set $5
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Ideal for creating dots, stripes and placing on stars and glitter; these dotting tools are a must-have for any manicurist. 

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat $9
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Whether you're a nail novice or manicure buff, Seche Vite is the topcoat you need for taking your nails from "pretty good" to "pro." The über-thick and glossy varnish locks in your style in seconds, leaving a gel-like finish that doesn't bubble, chip or peel.

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