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.
These simple silver dots are not only gorgeous but also easy to re-create.
Use an ultra-fine eyeliner brush to re-create the white zigzag detail on these festive fingers.
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.
Don't fancy nail art on all 10 digits? Keep to one for a stand-alone look.
This gorgeous crystal-esque line looks über-modern against an otherwise nude nail.
Simple but chic. Nothing feels more festive than red and white together.
You might want to rope in a friend (or some nail decals) to re-create this super-intricate snowflake design.
We can't get enough of this star outline-effect mani.
Crystal tips are perfect for adding a little extra somethin' somethin' to your otherwise French design.
Chunky glitter + nude basecoat = simplistic nail art goals.
Taking your manicure up a section to build a negative-space design is one of the easiest ways to create a new look.
We want to wear these gorge starry nails all year round.
The metallic red of this negative space stripe reminds us of tinsel on a Christmas tree.
Negative space? Check. Gold ribbon? Check. Christmas red? Check.
We told you Santa designs were fair game too (plus, how cute is the mince pie!?).
Another snowflake design—this time on a frosty coloured pearl shade.
After seeing this glorious manicure, we're going to be practicing our star drawing skills every damn day.
The combination of chunky and fine glitter keeps this manicure ultra modern and interesting.
Sometimes there's nothing better than the perfect red. This shade is bright, clean and oh so Christmassy.
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…
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.
Chunky glitter is more fun and modern than super-fine sparkles. Layer this gold over nude, red or navy nails for a festive glitz.
If silver sparkles are your kinda jam, this Jin Soon polish is perfect.
Apply these stars when your nail varnish is drying and still slightly tacky before locking them in with a clear topcoat.
The perfect clean Christmas red… We love Dovima by Nars.
If you're feeling really creative, use gold leaf to create your own festive nail design.
Ideal for creating dots, stripes and placing on stars and glitter; these dotting tools are a must-have for any manicurist.
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.