22 Green Nail Designs That Might Convince You to Relinquish Reds This Season

Updated 12/03/18
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When we think of holiday nail designs, we think of red and gold nail polish. Those shades are the most traditional, the most classic, and for good reason, too; they're timeless and elegant. This year, though, we're in the mood to switch things up a little bit. More specifically, we're interested in holiday manicures that incorporate the one other most popular color of the season: green. Because whether it's mint, emerald, or olive, a green manicure feels just as festive as traditional red, yet a little fresher and a little more unexpected. That's why, to us, green is 2018's trendiest holiday nail color. Keep scrolling to see our 22 favorite designs from Instagram. These are sure to inspire a salon visit. 

This asymmetric nail design from the trendy NYC nail salon Chillhouse looks like a piece of modern art. We like the complementary combination of evergreen and eggshell colors. 

We're thoroughly convinced that there's nothing more fitting for the holiday season than dark green plaid print nails. The lines of red, gold, and silver make them extra festive (and somehow cozy-looking, too, no?).

This half-moon design is simple and eye-catching, which is all a holiday manicure needs to be, right? It will also make short nails appear longer—especially if they're filed into a pointy almond shape.

If you prefer a lighter shade of green on your digits, opt for this marble manicure, which is a chic, swirling, bewitching creation. It looks just like a real aventurine gemstone. 

This marble manicure is much darker, thanks to a combination of black and emerald green polish. It looks like a swirly, shiny piece of malachite stone.

We didn't think it was possible, but tie-dye nails can indeed be holiday-appropriate—that is, if you use a festive combination of colors. This one uses green, white, and black polish. 

Minimalist dots, graphic strokes of dark and bright green polish, and gold foil. That's the exact equation for the perfect—albeit unexpected—holiday manicure. 

Or, in the same vein as the manicure before it, pair a dark evergreen shade with a creamy nude base. It's just as bold and just as fresh. We like Essie's Sand Tropez ($8), which happens to be Kim Kardashian West's favorite nude nail polish, too. 

For a subtle take on green nail polish, channel your favorite argyle sweater. This design uses gray, plum, and teal green polishes, though the color possibilities are endless.

We're coining this design as the "diagonal French tip." All it requires is two different shades of green painted across the tip of each nail and down one side. It's simple, right?

As the old adage says, simplicity is elegance. Pair a clear base coat with an evergreen hue for a minimalist design like this one. Use Smith & Cult's Darjeeling Darlin ($18), which is an elegant and glossy green.

Don't just play with color, try playing with texture, too. All it takes is combining a traditional satin nail polish with a sparkling one. We like CAI All That Glitters Nail Polish ($4) since it contains chunky pieces of glitter. 

We're big fans of this midnight blue and mint manicure courtesy of Paintbox Nail Salon. Try pairing your favorite mint polish with Essie's Booties on Broadway ($9), which is one of our favorite shades of navy blue.

Olive green polish and metallic gold details look amazing on short nails, as proven by this elegant manicure. It's a good option for someone who finds evergreen shades too bold and mint green too bright.

Sure, this isn't a traditionally festive nail design, but it's exceptionally beautiful, no? The gold jewels complement the green foliage so well. It's a manicure fit for an L.A. Christmas.

Play with varying shades of green by painting a bevy of stripes from the middle of the nail towards the tip. It results in this cool staircase effect.

What can we say? We love a good negative space manicure. This one combines mint green with bright blue and a single snow white dot in the center.

This design is a modern update on a traditional French tip manicure. The varying greens stripes have us craving spearmint candy canes. 

Another day, another minimalist manicure. This one uses teal nail polish and tiny gold nail jewels to create an elegant, yet bold, effect. Try using Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Nail Color in Re-teal Therapy ($5). 

Re-creating a jewel-encrusted manicure is deceptively simple. All you need is a pack of your favorite faux jewels (we like these Mixed Design Nail Studs $7) and some nail glue. Paint your nails with a base color, glue on some jewels in asymmetrical patterns, and you're done. 

If you prefer to keep your nails long, try this nail design, which flatters almond-shaped nails.

Even though our kale consumption is at an all-time low among the never-ending home-cooked holiday dishes that come our way in December, we'll channel the superfood on our nails with kale-colored polish. 

Next, check out 18 black-and-gold nail designs. Black and gold is, after all, one of the most elegant color combinations. 

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