6 Simple Winter Nail Art Designs That Are Super Chic

February 22, 2022
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The Best Winter Nail Art Ideas

Winter nail art goes far beyond holiday-inspired details. Whether you want to play up the dark colors of the season or incorporate glittering snowflake designs, there are so many ways to give your mani a wintry feel. From cozy cable knit patterns to pretty plaids, find six nail art designs that you’ll want to recreate before the weather starts warming up this spring. 

Dark and Sparkly

Forest green is a refreshing color for winter. While this hue looks great in matte and shiny finishes, we’re partial to this extra sparkly mani from nail artist @overglowedit.

Sweater Weather

Add some texture to your nails with adorable cable knit designs. This is one of our favorite trends for the season.


Can’t pick just one color? Put a wintry twist on the gradient nail trend by keeping things neutral and choosing colors close to your skin tone.

Midnight Snowfall

Snowflake nail art doesn’t have to be kitschy. Take notes from nail artist @tessa.lyn.nails by selecting a sophisticated navy color (like Essie Infinity Cool) and dabbing dainty white dots along your nails to mimic the look of falling snow.
hands with navy blue nails and nail art

Upgraded French Tips 

The OG French manicure has received quite the upgrade. Rather than opting for a traditional pink and white pairing, go for a gold tip. It has a luxe vibe that makes your nails look on point for the season, yet still chic and sophisticated.

Pretty in Plaid

We’re naming plaid the unofficial pattern of winter. Paint a plaid statement nail using white, black and deep berry polishes, and keep things simple for the rest of your mani.

hands with burgundy nails and plaid nail art

Photo: @gelnailsroc, @tessa_lyn_nails

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