18 Festive Nail Art Ideas, Zero Of Which Include Santa

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This past summer, Skittles manicures were all the rage. Now that the weather has dipped well below the fifties, it’s time for more seasonally-appropriate nail designs. Yes, ’tis the season for Fair Isle patterns, glitter, and muted tones. It’s Christmas time, baby, and nothing brings me more joy than ogling my fresh, sparkly festive manicure while scarfing down my favorite comfort foods and binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Office holiday party coming up? Or maybe you’re ready for some personal holiday cheer. Ahead, 18 festive designs to inspire you this holiday season—and the next, and the next.

Seeing Red

N.Y.C. nail artist Kia Stewart (owner of Brooklyn nail salon Lux K) specializes in minimalist designs and fine lines. Case and point: The classic red manicure updated with negative space and teeny tiny red-gold swirls.

Twinkle, Twinkle

Opt for a dainty, simple nude manicure with silver flecks peppered on the tips.

Work of Art

If you’re not quite ready to jump into holiday reds and green, liven up your nails with a colorful ombre that mixes neutral tones like beige and olive with oranges and berries.

Fudge Me Up

The holiday season isn’t complete without chocolate. Sweeten your nails with this delicious fudge-colored polish—add a few skinny gold lines for a little razzle dazzle.

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