Candy cane French tips. Bejeweled sets. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas acrylic nails, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found.
For those who are ready to jump right in, a metallic red almond set covered with dainty snowflakes, like the ones created by nail artist Andżelika Malik, should be bookmarked ASAP. There’s nothing more Christmas than turning your nails into mini ornaments.
If you’re easing your way into the festivities, then a chic, monochromatic manicure like the one Haiyen Tran beautifully painted is a great middle ground. The neutral design also makes for a perfect compliment to the slew of holiday makeup looks you have in store.
Without a doubt, this holiday season is all about nails. Below, we’ve rounded up the cutest Christmas nails you’ll want to wear all winter long.
A Studded Affair
This nude set is a little glitz, a little edge, and 100% perfect for the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re looking for a little extra surprise, try painting the underside of the nail like Ahn did above. Red bottoms never go out of style.
Glossy Rep Tips
For a Christmas twist on the classic French nail, go for red and play with different finishes. When it comes to finding the right shade of red, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you settle on a cinnamony hue or cherry lacquer, the slanted edge of the tips adds dimension, taking this manicure to the next level.
In case you thought marble was only for summer months, we’re here to let you know this design works 365 days of the year. To give it some holiday flair, nail artist Emma Jane added a layer of glitter and silver snowflakes.
This supersweet manicure looks good on its own, but even better wrapped around a mug of rich hot chocolate. There’s something nostalgic about seeing the same handpainted stars we saw in our favorite childhood novels.
So you want a little plaid, but not too much? Pick a couple nails to let the print shine and keep the rest neutral with a bright red polish.
If full glam is more your vibe, it’s time to go all out. These crystals-and-cherub-adorned nails are giving maximalist holiday chic.
Mix up your nail shape with a curve extension. The frosted finish created by the ever-talented Krocaine feels retro yet modern, with airbrushed swirls and butterfly decals.
Candy Cane Delight
What’s more Christmas than candy canes? If you’re not ready for a full set of the sweet treat, select an accent nail, then balance it out with a few white snowflakes spread across the others.
You might have seen a gorgeous wreath but never considered putting it on your nails. As it turns out, it makes for a stunning manicure. For a fresh look, play around with parts of the wreath spread across nails, like the look above.
This set is a holiday-friendly way to nail the color-blocking trend.
While these nails created by L.A.-based artist Sojin Oh were inspired by Japanese potter Takuro Kuwata, the glowing bulbous shapes bring to mind glossy ornaments. And if you’ve been feeling the mixed-metal trend as of late, why not test it out on your hands?
Dreamy crystal hearts are a timeless no-brainer for the upcoming holiday soirees. While nude is also a good choice, swap the base with a red or emerald green for the most regal holiday set.
Sure, gingerbread men are delicious to eat, but they also look totally adorbs on your nails. Throw in some pink candy canes and you’ve won Christmas.
For nail art lovers, Christmas nail inspiration is all around. The big teddy bears that greet us at every mega-mall look equally stunning against blue polish and layered snowflakes.
We think we’ve found the perfect baby blue. Create dimension by adding a couple crystal gems and lining the cuticle with a strip of gold paint.
This wavy set reminds us of the charm bracelets we would add to our wish list around this time of year.
Candy cane French tips with a glitter base might sound like a lot, but, as illustrated above, it totally works.
These Schiaparelli nails created by Mei Kawajiri are totally glamorous and pair well with a Moscow Mule by the crackling fireside.
Who says your French has to go top-down? This flipped manicure is a fun way to mix up your standard Christmas acrylic nails.
Yes, we’re always going to love a bow, especially when they’re flawlessly painted by nail artist Stephany Almanzar.
Decals are often used as nail accents, but why not let them take center stage? This 3D look is a guaranteed conversation starter.
Glitter and Gloss
Glossy mauve and rose gold glitter are hands down a winning combo.
Bright Candy Cane
These glossy nails look like the real deal.
Cherry French Swirl
Fun fact, Australians love to share a bowl of fresh cherries as they get together for the holiday season. Aussie nail artist Vivian created a stunning cherry French swirl mani that looks too good not to try out.
Go for Gold
We can’t do a Christmas nails roundup without a gilded mani. This warm metal hue looks just as good wrapped up on a gift box as it does on a nude base.