The stockings are hung by the mantle with care — and your nails are polished to festive perfection. Find manicure design inspo that highlights every symbol of the season.
Celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole used Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Unwine'd ($8, ) as the backdrop to simple yet stunning white stars.
We love this geometric take on a classic winter nature scene. Believe it or not, nail artist JauntyJuli actually uses to get the gorgeous greens you see here!
Nail artist created a simultaneously wacky and glamorous winter-themed manicure featuring a thermometer, jingle bell, and working snow globe!
play the role of Christmas lights in this festive manicure. To really make them stand out, try a darker, holiday-inspired green shade as your base, like Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Jealous Glaze ($18, ).
With a steady hand, a trusty and a love for this Christmas classic, you can have the most nostalgic nail art this winter!
There's nothing ugly about this Christmas sweater-inspired mani — in fact, festive nail art in a seasonal color scheme sounds like the prettiest of winter accessories. And if you're thinking that you could never recreate those tiny sweater details on your own, have no fear. It can all be done with the help of a .
We love this subtle nod to winter weather, especially how the silver pops against the base Zoya Nail Polish in Blu ($10, ). The thin streaks of different shades of gray look like dangling icicles — a great twist to the popular gradient manicure.
If you love a basic white manicure but want to make it more fun for the holidays, just paint one with a gold or silver metallic polish, like Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Shattered Souls ($18, ) for an added dose of pizzazz.
Hit a nostalgic note with this delightful knit pattern plus a matryoshka doll accent. The double pink shades — we recommend Backseat Besties by Essie ($9, ) and Neon Heat by Orly ($8, amazon.com) — make this a pleasant surprise for the season.
Playing with negative space is an easy way to take your manicure to a whole new level. All you need are a few beautiful jewel tones and some .
Elevate a white mani by sprinkling festive red and green glitter on the bottom of your nails. (This is also a great way to hide any chips or imperfections before a last-minute soirée.)
Polish off a pale pink manicure by adding a touch of gold glitter at the base. We recommend applying the glitter with a make-up sponge so you don't overdo it.
That's right: These nails don't just have Christmas bulbs painted on them, they actually glow in the dark thanks to China Glaze Ghoulish Glow ($10, ) when you switch the lights off. Brilliant!
Not only is this a striking tribute to the season, it's also a beautiful way to celebrate nature on your nails. Bonus: Because it's accomplished , it's much easier than simply hand painting each individual tree.
These nails are so delicate and pretty, they look more like holiday watercolor painting than a manicure. If your hand is a little less steady with a , this almost-abstract design is perfect for you.
Metallics, like China Glaze's Metallic Muse ($7, ), will always be a favorite texture of nail art enthusiasts, but you can add your own unique touch with tiny gold accents toward the bottom of your nails.
Once you've mastered the art of chevron, a.k.a. that fun zig-zag pattern on the outer nails of this mani, you can use it with any color combo for any holiday. Still, it looks prettiest in a holiday manicure complete with .
Mimic your favorite wrapping paper with glittery diagonal stripes across each nail. A sweet wreath on your ring finger tops this look off with an extra cute accent.
One of the best things about the holidays (depending on where you live, of course): snow. Celebrate those first few snowflakes of winter with this delicate design on your mani. We recommend a festive red base like Essie's Really Red ($9, ).
You don't need to go all-out on your nails to make an impact. Simply painting a little Santa hat on each hand's accent nail makes it clear that you love Christmas without all the glitter, shimmer or stripes of more complicated designs.
This thin, slightly swirled design created with a is reminiscent of ribbon candy, making them perfect for pairing with your holiday party look.
Crisp angles and sharp lines are what make this manicure such a winning look. And be sure to decorate at least one of your Christmas tree accents with little "ornaments."
Let your nails mimic one of Christmas's most popular decorations — the wreath. Red holly and scarlet bows add flair to this twist on the half moon manicure.
Go more of a metallic route with this pretty, gold and white ornament manicure. The three-dimensional make it pretty enough to hang on a tree.
Red, green, and silver aren't the only holiday-appropriate shades. Jewel tones like violet — we like OPI's Purple with a Purpose ($10, ) — can be just as festive, especially when used to design delicate snowflakes on your double accent nails.
Impress every foodie at your table with these deliciously fudge-y nails that are almost good enough to eat. This manicure may take a little more patience, but it totally pays off, especially when you use a rich brown shade like Essie's Mink Muffs ($9, ).
Glitter is typically chunky and scattered or super fine and all-over, but this geometric mani, done with "" — takes the polish staple to the next level.
Why pick between white and red or red and gold when you can have both in one gloriously festive zigzag design? Get the border perfect !
This festive combo is far from cliché. In fact, it's quite a sophisticated and original version of French tips. Just cover your favorite red and green polishes with a matte top coat like Essie Matte About You ($8.50, ).
While a manicure might not be everlasting, this deep hunter shade is surely evergreen. For the gold pine tree-like design, use a toothpick or for bold, even lines.