Just writing this post is making me over the moon excited for the holiday season. I’m ready to see the first light snow fall, walk the streets with holiday lights, and spend nights cuddled up with tea by the fire. I also can’t wait to try out some new holiday nail art to show off at festive gatherings.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the holiday season is always jam packed with parties and get-togethers. I’m a fan of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, even though some may find it overwhelming. I love nothing more than getting dressed up, putting on holiday makeup and dashing out the door to my next holiday bash. Even if it’s freezing outside, the thought of family or friends gathered together over wine and good food makes all the cold worthwhile.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my nails feel naked without nail polish. I’m one of those people who has nail polish on pretty much 24/7, and although I usually stick to one color, for the holiday season, I like to bring a little more glam. Especially when every weekend seems to be filled with more gatherings than the last, your nails are part of your whole outfit, so it’s important to keep them primped.
If you’re in the same boat as me this holiday season, I’ve rounded up 9 holiday nail art tutorials to ensure your nails look just as festive as you. Some must-have tools? The MEDEEN Detailed Pain Brush Set and the Winston Nail Art Metal Dotting Tool to master the intricate designs. And remember, it’s the holidays – have fun!
1. Holiday Nail Art You Can Actually Do! by Clevver Style
Let’s start off with a simple tutorial that anyone can do! Some holiday nail art tutorials are a little bit tricky and the intricate designs can feel over the top. But this tutorial was made for people at all nail painting levels. They suggest painting a base color and then using a pen to create the designs. The Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen will definitely do the trick! Mix in some holiday colours like red, green and a little bit of glitter, and you’re good to go!
2. Christmas Nail Art | Winter Wonderland Holiday Nails | Xmas Design Tutorial by Robyn Moses Nail Art
If you’re in the mood to have an entire winter wonderland scene on your fingertips, this is the tutorial for you! Starting off with a blue ombré background, you’ll then learn how to create intricate scenery such as snow covered trees and flying reindeer. The end result is magical and is sure to get your nails raving reviews.
3. Four Christmas Nail Art Designs for the Holidays by Nail Career Education
These four nail art designs aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll need a small brush because the designs are very detailed. The artist was inspired by the movie Frozen, which led to the pretty, frosted colors. A shimmering snowflake, ribbon design, Christmas tree and reverse snowflake make up the four gorgeous nail art designs. Try them all or stick with your favourite throughout the holidays!
4. Holiday Nail Art Tutorial – Plum & Gold Crescent Moonicure by All Lacquered Up
She calls this a moonicure – I love that! Reverse French manicures are totally in right now, painting a crescent where the nail hits the skin, rather than on the tip. The plum and gold colors give the nail art a gorgeous holiday feel and the glitter tips are the cherry on top of the cake! For the gold polish, she recommends using OPI "Rollin’ In Cashmere, one of my personal favorites!
5. Nail Art for Christmas: The Ultimate Guide! by cutepolish
This tutorial demonstrates how to get everything that’s quintessentially Christmas on your nails, from the gingerbread man and holiday lights to a bow wrapped gift and Santa Claus. With ten different designs, you can choose one or two, or go ahead and do all ten! Each one is super cute and perfect for the holiday season.
6. How to Do Glitter Ombré Holiday Nail Art by Bustle
If you want holiday nail art that’s a little more subtle than painting Santa Claus and snowflakes on your nails, this glitter ombré nail art is perfect for you. It’s understated but still has major holiday vibes. You’ll need a gold polish like the Julep Color Treat Nail Polish in "Glitters, plus a copper glitter polish (Deborah Lippman has one of those), and a coarse white glitter polish like the one by Pure Ice.
7. Holiday Sweater Nail Art Tutorial by Simple Nail Art Designs
If you have an “ugly sweater party” to go to, or even just like the thought of having holiday sweater nail art, check out this tutorial. You’ll need a red base coat (Sally Hansen Sonic Bloom is one of my faves ), and a white shade for the sweater designs. Make sure to finish it off with a topcoat like the Butter London Hardware Topcoat to ensure the polish lasts as long as possible. It’s such a fun look, that will take you through the holiday season with cheer!
8. Holiday Nails: Christmas String of Lights by LaurDIY
I’m absolutely in love with this Christmas lights nail art. It’s cute, unique and absolutely perfect for the season. This tutorial is not for the impatient. It takes some time and effort, but the end result is magical. Choose whatever colors you want for the lightbulbs, you don’t have to stick with red and green. Make them your own and you’re sure to shine!
9. Easy Holiday Nail Art by FairyDollNails
Using China Glaze "Meet Me in the Mirage, this holiday nail art is simple, yet impactful. The rose gold color is gorgeous and perfect for the holidays, and the red and green gemstones make it nice and festive. It’s ideal if you want a bit of holiday cheer, but don’t want to go over the top.
Try these holiday nail art tutorials this season for festive nails that will take you from party to party looking like a total darling!
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