5 Holiday Nail Art Ideas That Will Have You Feeling Festive AF

It’s actually December, and the tree at Rockefeller Center is lit af. It’s basically Christmas already, guys. Unless you’re a normal human grinch, Christmas is the one holiday where everyone acts extremely extra, and quite honestly, the festive cheer is encouraged. I may be the wrong person to talk to about this, because I literally have been listening to Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album since October, and I may or may not have two Christmas trees in my apartment rn, but THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT. My point is, #HolidaySZN makes for the perfect excuse to deck yourself and everything around you in all the sparkles and lights you want. The new month comes bearing holiday parties, themed outfits, and NYE preparations, so to complete your snazzy dress, here are five designs for the holiday nail inspo you never knew you needed.

1. Toffee

Bright colors aren’t my thing, either. Obviously the only color I ever want for anything is black. For a warmer neutral that isn’t over the top and obnoxious, a warm toffee makes for a classy holiday shade. It can be your new fave nude, and if you feel your mani is still lacking some cheer, add gold flake accents.

Toffee Nails

2. Sparkly/Chrome Tips

‘Tis the season for all glitter everything. Instead of making a complete mess, only get your tips dipped in Insta-worthy glitter for a twist on this trend. If you’re looking for something that isn’t a bitch to take off with nail polish remover, opt for chrome tips in your favorite metal and a simple neutral.

Chrome Tips

3. Two-Toned

Whether it’s with red and green, black and white, or sweater-weather darks, keep your manicure game interesting by mixing a couple of colors together. Change things up a bit with different geometric shapes, matte accents, or contrasting color blocks.

Two Toned Nails

4. Glittery Shit

Literally anything with a shit ton of sparkles is fair game. If you want to be festive AF and get a million likes with your next nailfie on Instagram, consider a design with glitter every-fucking-where. Deck each nail with a solid glitter shade, choose an ombre style, or ya know, you could always do just the tip.

Glitter Nails

5. Holiday Art That Isn’t Basic

I’m always impressed with people who have the time to paint their own nails, or sit through a hella long nail appointment while they receive hand-painted nail art. I barely have time to breathe, let alone draw a fucking snowman with a toothpick on my ring finger. If you were blessed with artistic abilities or have a really patient manicurist, go for holiday-inspired nail art. Try plaid, chic snowflakes, or some kind of stylish wrapping paper look. Really, as long as you don’t have an entire nativity scene painted across your nails.

Holiday Nail Art

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The Best Nail Art Trends To Try This Winter When You’re Bored AF

There’s a lot to be said about the winter season. Sure, your skin falls off and you won’t see sunshine again for at least six months, but at least you get to act like the lazy, self-indulgent asshole you were always meant to be. There’s also the fact that you get to spend some much-needed quality time with family your favorite Netflix shows and no one can say dick about it, because it’s too cold outside to actually do anything else. So blessed, so moved, so grateful. Can’t believe this is my life. That said, November through March—or, in New York’s case, November through June (kill us now)—can sometimes be…kind of…boring. There, I said it! Sometimes sitting on your ass, re-watching old episodes of Friends, and drinking your weight in Chardonnay isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes you kind of want to brave the cold to drink your weight in Chardonnay in public. I know, it’s like I’m taking crazy pills or something. But since we can’t always have the things we want in life, sometimes we have to get creative with how we spend our time. And what better way to combat boredom than by trying nail art trends as seen on Instagram that you’ve been talking shit about for months now (but secretly love)? So here are the six winter nail art trends for you to try when there’s literally nothing else to do. You’re so welcome.

1. Metallic Accents

Metallic accents were huge this year and, in my opinion, they’ll continue to be one of the few nail art trends that don’t seem like a cry for help extra. The accents pair perfectly with dark winter nail polishes and will take your holiday look from basic to glamorous in less time than it takes you to get drunk and embarrass yourself at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Metallic Nail Accents

2. Spacey AF

Negative space nails are about to be every-fucking-where, I’m calling it now. These manicures are chic and modern AF, plus it’s an excellent way to make it look like you regularly visit the salon, when in reality, the last time you got your nails touched up it was still warm enough to wear shorts. Gotta love millennials. Leave it to them to turn shitty, grown-out gels into a nail art trend. #BlessUp.

Negative Space Nails

3. Foil Nails

Similar to the metallic accents trend, foil nails are one of the best ways to elevate your look this winter. We suggest pulling this one out around New Year’s Eve, unless you actually want to look like you actually give a fuck at your company holiday party seem thirsty. These little strips of metallic foil, cut and placed mosaic-style on your nail beds, make for an artsy, yet chic look. 

Foil Nails

4. Phrase Nails

Finally a trend I can get behind: blatantly talking shit. I mean, I’ve been doing this on my own for years, but it’s nice to know that the beauty community is finally standing by me in support. Phrase nails have been huge this year, and it’s like people suddenly have a bunch of shit to say about the state of our world? Honestly, I have no idea why…

Phrase Nails

5. Minimalist

One of my favorite things to do is to pretend like I have my shit together, and nothing says “I don’t spend 3-5 days a week sabotaging my life at happy hour” like minimalist nails. Add a thin graphic lines in a contrasting color for a simple yet dynamic look.

Minimalist Nails

6. Statement Nails

When in doubt, go with a basic statement nail color, like bold red. There is a reason you see this color around the holidays more than your ex texts you, knowing you’re home for the long weekend: because it’s classy AF. If you’re feeling more basic than bold, stick with a traditional holiday color and let the nails speak for themselves. 

Red Nails

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