Complete your holiday ensemble with nails that are ready to party up a storm with you. Let these Instagram nail artists show you how it's done so your lacquer game can be on point!

1. Ombre

There are so many ways you can make the ombre look work this festive season, but our ultimate fave is this gunmetal sparkle over a barely there pinkish tint.

2. Sweater patterns

Freehand these cute sweater designs if you’ve got the talent or if your nail technician does. Otherwise, stamps and stickers will get the job done just as well.

3. Not so Christmas colors

Go for shades that are not your typical festive brights. Case in point: this unusual trio of neutrals for the holidays!

4. Glitter

You can’t go wrong with glitter. While classic reds, greens, golds, and silvers are always a good option, don’t be afraid to pick a different shade that compliments your outfit perfectly, like this dark, sparkly hue, perfect for a night out with our boo.

5. Snowfall

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! But throw in a bright red accent to add a punch of color. There is something mesmerising with barely-there nail polish partnered with a big splash of luscious pigment.

6. Classic elegance

Iridescent hunter green spiced up with some finger candy makes for an understated shine that easily fits so many party outfits.

7. Mistletoe

Score a quick kiss from your office crush with some on-hand mistletoe. It’s fun, classy, and easy to do. Just grab a dotting tool. Nail art mastery level: beginner

8. Candy cane borders


Striping your nails red and white to resemble a candy cane can be quite a cliche. Change it up by painting those stripes as a border around your flat white nail polish.

9. Mix it up.

Can’t decide between sparkle, patterns, or just a solid shade? Put them all together like this perfectly put-together color buffet for your talons.

10. Crystal crusted

For those bold enough to rock these ultra statement nails, chunky crystal adornments are the way to go. These attention-grabbing diamantés will make you shine bright like a diamond.

11. Tartan

Before you think plaid is just for kilts, check out these beautifully-done digits. Doesn’t it feel a lot like Christmas?

12. Chrome

High gloss chrome finishes are difficult to achieve with just your garden variety bottle of varnish. Take the easy route by sticking on a nice metallic nail wrap. No smudging and hardly any drying time!

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