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From gold bows to sparkling Christmas trees: how to create the most beautiful and genius festive nail art

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They may only comprise a couple of square inches of space, but your nails can be a playground. 

From intricately detailed mini Christmas trees complete with a glittering star on top, to tiny and delicate snowflakes, there's a lot of fun to be had with festive nail art this year.

Here, we've rounded up our pick of the 10 best looks to create this year.

  • Snowman and snowflakes

    This adorable snowman might take some practising to get right, but the results are worth it.

  • Snowman and snowflakes

    Get the full tutorial from Pshiiit.com

  • Festive fairy lights

    We love this string of festive fairy lights for a kooky take on Christmas nail art.

  • Festive fairy lights

    You can see the full tutorial on One Nail To Rule Them All.

  • Single present

    Hopefully there'll be more than one of these under the Christmas tree this year, but when it comes to festive nails a single present is a chic nod to the season.

  • Single present

    Get the full tutorial here.

  • Red and gold bows

    Go for a crafty shortcut with these sweet bow stickers attached to a festive red manicure.

  • Red and gold bows

    The full tutorial can be found at Kouture Kiss.

  • Sparkly Christmas trees

    Complete with a glittering star, these mini Christmas trees make for an intricate illustration. 

  • Sparkly Christmas trees

    Get the tutorial from Blue Tape and Nails.

  • Delicate snowflakes

    This subtle nod to a White Christmas can be achieved in three easy steps. 

  • Snowflake

    Get the tutorial from The Beauty Department.

  • Candy cane tips

    This minimalist candy cane design is easy to create than it looks (and doesn't require lots of fiddly tape).

  • Candy cane tips

    Get the full tutorial from The Crafty Ninja.

  • Mini tree ornaments

    Forget the tree and opt for festively decorated nails instead. 

  • Mini tree ornaments

    Learn how to draw these sweet baubles with a video tutorial from Sunshine Citizen.

  • Minimalist snowflakes

    Use a nail art pen (and a very steady hand) to create these intricate snowflake designs. 

  • Minimalist snowflakes

    Get inspiration for your snowflake designs from Beaut.ie.

  • Glitter stripe

    This touch of glitter is perfect for those who prefer a subtle hint of sparkle.

  • Glitter stripe

    Get the full tutorial from Love Maegan.

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