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20 Winter Nail Designs To Cuddle Up With

Thanksgiving is officially over, and there’s a fresh chill in the air. Winter is on its way! Chances are with this holiday, you’ll be decking out a house with candles, lights and maybe even a Christmas tree, but hat about yourself?


Trends are constantly changing, so you can really only do what suits your own style. Whether you like bold and beautiful or subtle and sexy, there is a wintertime look that will suit you perfectly. But we aren’t just talking about the bigger things,like the shoes or clothes you wear. We’re taking it down to the nitty-gritty details of what will be screaming winter on your fingernails during this holiday season!

Nail art has come a long way over the years. As early as 3000 BC, people were using nail polish in China, and the Ancient Egyptians used it as well! From China, the nail polish craze spread across India, the Middle East and northern Africa. Once we reached the 19th century, nail polish just started to reach the US, England and France markets. In the 1920s and 1930s, France started to see manicure establishments popping up in any medium to large city!Modern day nail polish as we know it was spurred on by the creation of automobile paint. In 1932, Revlon became the first to create a nail polish line for women.

In recent years, nail art has become a sort of addiction on the global market. In 2012, nail polish sales soared, reaching over 750 million dollars! With the wide variety of nail art you can have done to your fingertips, it can be quite overwhelming. Did you know there are thirteen types of nail polish finishes you can request? How on earth will you every decide!

This winter, we decided to focus on some holiday favorites of ours so you don’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out what will look best on your nails. Whether you’re feeling elegant or playful, we have a design for you. Your imagination is your only limitation, and we think you can add and change these designs to suit your style. No matter whether you like your nails short or long, rounded or pointy at the tips, we’ve compiled some of the coolest nail art designs for this winter season. So what are you waiting for? Grab some of that hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go out for a night on the town with your friends. You’ll all dolled up, nails and all, so get ready to party this holiday season!

20. Holiday Fashion

If you’re dreaming of sweater weather, these nails are the perfect accessory for you. A matte gloss in a deep red will let that white shine on through. Everyone will be loving your nails!

19. Spirited White

All that glitters isn’t gold with these gorgeous nails. MaxFactor Glossfinity keeps nails bright and shiny for up to seven days. Pick a pure white color, which will look great with any skin tone. The sparkles they chose are pink in hue, but you can go any colored route as long as it looks magical and like a winter wonderland!

18. Pretty in Patterns

High gloss takes these nails to a whole new level! The deep blue accentuated with gold adds a hint of mystery, while the plaid ring fingers bring in the whole warm flannel feel winter creates. If you’d like a more simple look, replace the gold with the deep blue to only change colors twice. You could also minimize the glam on the plaid nails, but we think this look overall is a keeper.

17. Let It Snow

Bring out your winter passion without going too over the top with this creative design. Start your nails off with a black or deep deep blue matte tone. Then let your nail artist go to town with special decals created for long-lasting wear. We absolutely love the gold accents against the black backgrounds, and the blue sparkles add an enchanting dimension.

16. Light Up The Night

Keep the party all lit up with these holiday-inspired nails! Nothing brings Christmas cheer like Christmas lights. We’re pretty sure everyone has great memories of driving or walking around town and seeing all of the brightly lit shops and towns. Bring that holiday cheer along wherever you go. With a simple coat of clear and then simple white sparkles, you can create this look in a few easy steps. Add the french tip, and create your design for the lights, and you’re done!

15. Simplistic Glam

Not feeling the in your face holiday designs like Christmas trees and lights? No problem! You can rock out this holiday with a more simple approach to your nails. The two tone matte polish on four out of the five nails keeps it simple, but the ring finger glam sets this look off. Shorten these nails up for an easier approach to nail maintenance, or go all out with a set this long.

14. Sweater Weather

These nails are a true simplistic showstopper! If you are sweater obsessed, here is the nail design for you. Nail artists have learned to use 3D gel to create a design before applying your colored polish. Once this design dries and you put a layer or two of polish over top, you get this effect! How cool is that?!

13. O Christmas Tree!

We absolutely love this cute take on marbled nails. With two tones of nail polish, your nail artist can create a marbled effect. Place some cute little dots on for garland and of course, top that tree with some garland for a festive nail design. 

12. Go For The Gold

White and gold are a killer color combination. If you like geometric patterns, you can pull off a number of designs just by putting a white base on your nail and then accenting with gold. Pick a gold that is very opaque so you don’t have to do multiple coats. Let your imagination run wild!

11. Peppermint Fun

If you won’t be hanging candy canes on the tree this year, how about decking out your nails with this traditional holiday item? This nail design keeps the holidays fresh, and is good for any time around Christmas or the New Year holiday since it isn’t specifically Christmas themed.

10. Silver Bells

Maybe gold isn’t really your thing. There’s always silver! Snowflakes are perfect for any time in December through the holiday season and beyond into January and February. You can keep it simple with just a silver background and white snowflakes, or you can add in some glitz like this photo shows for some depth.

9. Ombre Goodness

This design encompasses a little bit of everything! The silver to gold fading is fairly neutral, but the red tips help to set the look off. Perfect for a night out on the town or that New Years Eve party you’re attending!

8. A Little Christmas For Everyone

If you can’t decide what you’d like to incorporate on your nails, why not include it all? Penguins, reindeer, and presents all come together to create this adorable and playful nail design. Let your inner child play and wear this design for some fun around the holidays!

7. Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Nothing is dreamier than these nails! Even if you don’t get snow for Christmas, this design is sure to cheer you up. A wintry blue is vibrant and will brighten your mood on even a glum, chilly morning. 

6. Frosty The Snowman

Keep the winter blues at bay with this little winter landscape right on your fingertips. A sparkly backdrop with french tips creates a winter wonderland where Frosty can hang out and look adorable!

5. All The Glitz & Glam

If you’re feeling adventurous, this red creation is killer! Variations in sparkles and swirls create enough interest to keep the design cohesive without being overwhelming. The white design adds some ornateness to this look, too. This all red design reminds us of a poinsettia!

4. Ornate Simplicity

This mandala-inspired design is perfect for wear all through December and beyond. A simple white french manicure is pretty, but this intricate design work takes the traditional french manicure to the next level. The great thing about this design is it will match with anything you wear!

3. The Winter Blues

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! But preferably, only on your fingertips! The winter will come to life with this cute little snowflake design. Break up the snowflakes with some sparkles on the index finger and pinkie for some variation.

2. The Live Nativity

Talk about a work of art! We love this silhouette design of the three wise men traveling across the desert. A deep dark matte background creates the base. Add a layer of glitter, heavier toward the tip of your nail, to act as stars. Then let your nail artist go to work on drawing out the camels and men!

1. The Ice Queen

Bring winter to life with these “Frozen” inspired nails! Shaped like icicles, these frosty nails are fun and flirty. These are definitely for the person who loves glitz and glam!