13 Christmas nail ideas to help get you in the festive spirit

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In need of some Christmas nail inspiration? We’ve got you covered. 

The Christmas countdown is on and despite the highs and lows of 2020, we’re feeling suitably festive in the beauty department. While we’ve had to DIY our beauty routines for the majority of this year, if you’re lucky, you might still be able to wangle a last minute nail appointment before the 25th. 

But whether you’re heading to the salon or continuing on the DIY beauty train, we’ve compiled all the Christmas nail inspiration you need – from seriously chic nail art to a sprinkle of festive delight, here are our 13 best Christmas nail designs spotted on Instagram…

The best Christmas nail ideas 2020

The super subtle Rudolph

With just a nod to Christmas, this chic manicure can take you right through to 2021. Paint over the Rudolph and Christmas cake nail decal and you’re good to go! 

Metallic stars

Fancy yourself as a bit of a nail art pro? You’ll need a seriously steady hand to recreate these gorgeous metallic stars. 

Glitter tips

Adding glitter to your nail tips is a super simple but effective way of jazzing up your mani for Christmas.

Red French

A chic manicure with a suitably festive nod, we love this red-tipped French manicure created by @aliciatnails and @jaimekaywaxman for Dior.

Deck the nails

We’re obsessed with these seriously fancy festive nail decals by @goscratchit. If you look closely, there’s tiny holly springs, Christmas lights and wreaths. 

Glitterball tips

Upgrade your French mani by donning a different metallic shade on every finger. Simple yet satisfying. 

Starry, starry night

These festive nails will take you right through to New Year’s Eve and beyond. 

Classic red with a twist 

Another great option if you’re looking for a manicure that will carry you through to 2021, these negative space nails are festive (thanks to their Coca Cola red shade) but fresh enough to wear through the start of Jan, too. 

Candy cane cuticles

It wouldn’t be a Christmas nail art round-up without some candy cane inspiration would it? 

Go for gold

Sprinkle some festive vibes with this gold sparkly update. An easy one to DIY, use a gold shimmery shade to update your usual french manicure.

Modern Holly 

This chic mani gives your nails a subtle festive nod without looking too OTT. 

Festive Sparkle

If Mariah Carey had a Christmas manicure, we’d imagine this sparkly number would be it…

Autumnal baubles 

Are they baubles, are they fairylights? Who knows but they’re super cute. 

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Chloe Burcham