10 Holiday Manicures That Are Proof Festive Nail Art Doesn't Have To Be Just Green & Red

Take these designs to your next appointment.

by Natasha Marsh

The holidays might be synonymous with red and green, but this season’s festive manicures introduce minimalist dots, negative space, shiny silver, and shades of pink onto the scene. And lucky for you, TZR scoured Instagram for the 10 best holiday nail designs to bring to your next salon appointment.

Ho, Ho, Ho

Don’t want to ruin your new blowout? No problem. Display your festive spirit on your nails with this santa hat-inspired manicure.

Merry Accents

Opt for an enchanted dark emerald green that pops, thanks to a dainty Christmas tree accent. If you're doing this manicure at home, be sure to start with a base coat to prevent the color from staining your nails.

Winter Whites

Wearing white after Labor Day has never looked better than this magical sparkly white manicure. The sheer glitter works great for day-to-day tasks and all upcoming parties.

All Wrapped Up

‘Tis the season for gifting, so why not duplicate the activity on your nails? Opt for nail stickers, bright pops of color, 3D accents, and intricate lines. Remember, the more the merrier.

Holiday French

With classic, micro, deconstructed, and green, it’s no secret that the French manicure has been a top trend this year. And this season introduces a new iteration: polar bear santas. If you’re doing this at home and don’t have a steady hand, opt for nail stickers.

Put A Pin In It

Pinwheel your way into the holidays with this jolly manicure. To achieve, apply a white polish base and let it dry fully. Then, with a thin nail brush, paint in stripes of red. Finish with a glossy top coat for durability.

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Holiday Sweets

Sweet tooth lovers will enjoy seeing candy canes, peppermint bark, gingerbread men, and other holiday candies in this manicure. Pro tip: apply a top coat every few days to make it last longer.

Short Nails Don’t Care

If you prefer shorter nails, you can still take advantage of holiday art. Go classic with a candy cane red base and a santa hat showstopper.

Dot Party

For the minimalist lovers out there that still want to partake in the holiday, dot it out with some festive colors. You can dot the perimeters of your nails for a clean look, or play around with the pattern for an abstract take.

Sparkle & Shine

This classic silver and sparkly manicure is a great way to usher in the New Year. From negative art, soft lines, and bold snowflakes, it utilizes multiple trends and can be manipulated to how you see fit.


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