8 Types of Nail Art Designs To Choose From for the Holidays


Holiday nail art is an essential part of the festivities, but it’s also a great way to express your creativity and originality. There are many different types of designs that you can choose from, some more complex than others. In this article, we will give you eight options for holiday nail art that range in difficulty level so that no matter what your skill set is, you’ll be able to find something perfect for the season.

1) Glitter Holiday Nails

If you’re a beginner, glitter nails are the best way to go. They’re super easy and look great from far away or up close, so everyone will know that your festive spirit is popping. For this design, all you need is a bottle of glitter and some nail polish. You can choose any colors that will go well with the rest of your look or whatever color sparkles catch your eye, and you and I can also get nail places near me.

2) Holiday Water Marble

If you’re a little more experienced with nail art, then water marbling is the way to go. This design will give you some leeway in color since it’s meant to look like marble and can be achieved using any colors that interest you. Start by painting your nails white or another light shade so they don’t get covered up when doing the marbling step later. Next, apply a thick layer of clear polish onto each one and wait for them to dry completely before continuing. When your polish dries enough for this next step, drop different shades of nail polishes into bowls filled with room temperature tap water (this might take some experimenting if you want specific effects). Dip just the tips of your fingers into the bowls and let them sit in there for a few seconds. Gently remove your fingers from the water when you’re ready to start painting on top of each color that’s swirled together, leaving some white showing through in certain places if desired.

3) Holiday French Tips

For a chic and classy look that’s also festive, go for the french holiday tip. You’ll need to paint your nails in either red or green nail polish (you can do one color on all fingers if desired). When they dry completely, add a thin line of white polish to each top edge with an angled brush. The best thing about french tips is how simple they are – it doesn’t get much easier than red and white. If you want these nails to stand out even more, then try adding some gold metallic studs or rhinestones around the edges instead of just plain white polish.

4) Holiday Stripes

Another way to go is with holiday stripes. Rather than just red and green, this design mixes in some gold for a glitzy effect that’s great if you’re planning on donning formal attire for the holidays. For these nails, you’ll need three different colors, including white, so they pop against your dark base color. Paint your nails with the base color of your choice and let them dry completely before you continue. Next, take a striping brush or toothpick for this next part – whichever works best for you. Start at the bottom edge of one nail and draw on a white line that’s about half as thick as your base coat to the end.

5) Holiday Nails with Bows

If you want to kick things up a notch, then holiday nails with bows are what you’re looking for. They’re perfect if your outfit requires some glamour because they add that extra touch of elegance without being too overdone or complicated. For this design, paint two coats on each nail in the color of your choice. Once that dries completely, you’ll need to draw a bow on each nail with white or silver paint. If required, you can use the end of a bobby pin for this step – make sure it’s clean before using. Once your bows are dry enough, dot some clear polish onto them and let them sit there until they stick.

6) Holiday Gems

Another way to add some glitter is with holiday gems. This design works best if you’re going for a more understated look and doesn’t require too much work at all. Just paint your nails in the color of your choice (don’t forget two coats) and let them dry completely before using this next step. Take some larger gems and put them onto the tips of your nails, pressing down gently on each one, so they don’t slide off. You can do this with more than just gems if desired – you could also try using some tiny rhinestones for a different look.

7) Holiday Stamping

Stamping is one of the most straightforward nail art designs to do, and it’s perfect for adding a touch of holiday spirit. This design works best if you’re going with Christmas colors – red, green, blue, or even gold are all great options here. Start by painting your nails in any color that looks good on them (again, two coats are best), and then place the stamping designs onto each nail. When that’s done, grab a clear coat or topcoat for this part – it helps protect your nails if you’re going to be doing other things around the house.

8) Holiday Sparkles

Finally, the final design is perfect if you want to go for something quick and simple that still makes a statement. Just paint your nails with any color of choice (two coats are best) and when they’re dry enough, take some glitter nail polish in an appropriate holiday color of choice. Apply it randomly across each nail, so they end up with a speckled look that represents the holiday season. You can also do this in one color if desired – it works whether you go for gold, silver, or even rainbow glitter!

This holiday season, put yourself out there by stepping outside the box and getting creative with your nails. Don’t be afraid if things don’t turn out exactly how you pictured them in your head; practice makes perfect.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.