8 Holiday Nail Ideas That Are Anything But Basic

December 16, 2021
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
8 Non-Basic Holiday Nail Ideas

Forget the classic red mani (for the moment). If you’re looking to make your Christmas manicure stand out this year, there are plenty of holiday nail art ideas that differ from traditional red and green designs. Take inspiration from our favorite nail looks below, including a cherubic French tip and trendy matte neutrals.

Matte Brown

If there’s one nail trend we’re seeing everywhere this season, it’s brown manicures. Give it an Xmas twist with this matte snowflake-patterned nail art.

hand with brown matte textured polish on nails

Deep Green Florals

These gorgeous green tips and floral nail art remind us of Christmas in the French countryside. If you can’t find a nail artist who can hand paint the florals, try these decals from Amazon.
hands with green french tips on nails

Molten Dip

A gilded drip adds a decadent touch to a classic red French mani. These nails remind us of the shiny ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree without mimicking their exact design.

hand with red french tips with gold accents on nails

Sweet Teddies

Teddy bears can have their moment out from under the Christmas tree and on your nails with this endearing design. You can go with any nail shape you desire, but we’re loving these trendy lipstick tips.

hand with brown nails polish and teddy bear accents on nails

Angelic Tips

These cherubic French tips are an absolute dream. Gold decals add a subtle touch of sparkle.

hands with angel nail art on nails

Shining Stars

Flaming red French tips get a funky upgrade with bold star decals and dangly gold charms. This is a manicure that’s sure to have your relatives oohing and aahing the entire Christmas dinner.

hands with red french tips and rhinestones on nails

Pale Pearls

If you’re tired of snowflake motif manis, try this subtle icy look instead. DIY the pale, shimmery nail color with Essie Going Steady.
milky white nails with peal embellishments

Design: Juliana Campisi Photos: @nailsby_sheila, @nails_byesther, @bedofnailsnyc, @jaynaildit, @acrylicsbyfatima, @nycnailroom

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