Best holiday nail art: 16 fun and festive tutorials that’ll make your nails shine


It’s hard to resist the urge to cover everything in tinsel this time of year. From glittering outfits to shimmering makeup to every Christmas décor item out there, ’tis the season to shine. But what about your nails? When it comes to manicures, there’s no better way to stand out than with some holiday nail art.

Pulling off an impressive DIY manicure is easy as pumpkin pie thanks to an abundance of festive nail polishes and beauty bloggers who love to document their inventive creations. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best holiday nail art looks for 2013 and come up with quite the list.

May we suggest a chic snowman? Or dressing your nails up like a cozy Christmas sweater? How about a tiny, decorated tree that rivals the best IRL decorations? Whatever you love most about the season, you can paint it on your nails. And whether you’re a nail art newbie or serious pro, these holiday nail art tutorials break each design down with easy-to-follow directions. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the best holiday nail art for 2013 and start painting!

Trim the tree with a perfect little evergreen accent nail [PSHIIIT]

Get under the mistletoe wherever you go with this nail art design [One Nail To Rule Them All]

Gold and splatter chevron nails make for a chic New Years Eve mani! [TotallyCoolNails]

Adorable Christmas-inspired nail art [CutePolish]

A sweet snowflake motif that works right into the new year [Lacquertude]

Snow nail art is great for even after the holidays have ended [CreativeNailArt]

A bejeweled twist on the traditional French manicure has us swooning [Uneedamanicure]

Sip hot chocolate in style with this Starbucks holiday cup manicure [HelloMaphie]

Try a maroon and white glitter nail design for a candy cane effect [Blackcatnails]

Deck your fingers with these charming Christmas ornaments [Simplichic]

This fair isle sweater pattern will keep your nails cozy [OdetteSwan]

Hit the slopes with skiing snowbunnies! [CraftyNail]

Wear your festive Christmas sweater on your digits this holiday season [Meliney]

Snowflakes and candy canes, what could be more festive? [Lacquerologist]

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Put a Santa hat on it! [The Daily Polish]

Bold lines and neutral beige lines create a casual combo of plaid perfect for the holidays! [The Crafty Ninja]