Head over to Instagram and search for #NailArt and you’ll find a cool 3,83,19,372 posts—and they’re only growing in number. Come December, and the impending holiday season puts everyone in the party mood. Plus, who doesn’t love the cheer that comes with Christmas? We scoured through the depths of social media to uncover 20 nail art designs that are perfect for this month’s holiday season. Whether you like going all-out Christmassy on your fingers or prefer the moody, muted hues of winter, there’s something for everyone. And of course, how could we miss glitter? These easy nail art designs will sort every party-goer out—you can thank us later.
For those who like things minimal
Even if you’re not a fan of heavy embellishments or too much shimmer and shine, there are a lot of ways to create party-ready nail art designs that appeal to you.
Pick two pastel colours and try an ombre look, or wear glitter in hints like a single dot in the centre of your nail or on your statement ring finger.
You could even wear solid-coloured polish on all your nails and apply a transparent glitter top coat on the tips. When in doubt, always trust black accents to save the day.
A triangle at your cuticle or an outline of the tip of your nail, they all have our go-ahead.
Or try a nail art design using foil, the messy bits add just enough shine to your nail without feeling like it’s in your face.
For those who love the Christmas holiday season
Feeling extra festive? Wear your (Christmas-loving) heart on your nails with Santa-inspired nail art designs.
Try metallic matte green nail polish with a mistletoe on your statement finger or wear candy-cane stripes.
In fact, if you’re experiencing snow right now, keeping your nails bare with a simple snowflake on it will put you in the mood too. Hassle-free nail art designs for the win.
For those who prefer the moody hues of winter
If colours of this season are your favourites, wear berries and indigos on your nails with a happy helping of glitter.
You can even try marble nail art designs on one of your nails to break the solid colours.
Bold geometric designs on bare nails using shades of black and red are good winter nail art designs, too.
For those who can’t do without glitter and glam
There’s nothing like glitter to put one in the party spirit.
Whether you want to keep it basic with glitter cuticles, or go all out with shiny jewel studs, every kind of nail art design goes this season.
Wear solid glitter on alternate nails, try stick-on pearls, or even wear coloured-glitter on all your nails, if you like.
We’d never stay away from blacks and nudes and pairing those with a wash of gold is definitely December-approved.
Flip through the gallery above for our edit of the 20 best nail art designs for the December holiday and party season.