The best 2018 Christmas nail trends for this winter

By Marie – on in Beauty
Make a splash whenever you take off your gloves with these 2018 Christmas nails trends to rock the Holidays from head to toenails.

Snowstorms have already hit the Northern regions, but thanks to online shopping, this hasn’t stopped you from finding your Christmas party outfit. And while you’ve already been having fun with this season’s fall-winter nail trends, you want something extra special for the holidays? Of course, you do! Winter definitely has its down sides but getting to dress up and celebrate is not one of them. In fact, it’s almost worth the extra layers and the dreadful snow shovelling that comes with the coldest season of the year. Get fancy all the way to the tip of your fingers with the 10 best 2018 Christmas and winter 2019 nail trends to complement your chic attires.

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Festive French

Yes, this one is a classic, but what better time to rock classics than during the holidays! However, this version is far from boring. Forget about the long-dead white French tips and go extra Christmas-y with this glossy deep red. If you are getting your nails done at the salon, ask for a nice shading starting from the base of the nail for a more modern look. Classy, conservative and original, it’s the perfect subtle touch for those who like to keep it simple and fancy.

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Winter Sparkle

A red French mani isn’t flamboyant enough for you? Nail artist Park Eunkyung from Unistella has got you covered. This over-the-top sparkly manicure takes the transparent nail trend to a whole other level and we can’t be mad about it. This crystal encrusted mani couldn’t be more appropriate for Christmas time. It is the perfect choice for anyone looking to literally shine during the holidays.

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Metallics are the colours of the season and nothing says winter celebrations like prismatic hues of copper and crimson with a hint of pink. Opt for a glossy finish, and while you’re at it, why not treat yourself to some fancy nail polish such as this Chanel Le Vernis. The elegant shade number 917, justly named – you guessed it – Opulence, says feminine with an edge like no other. Combine it with almost any festive outfit for perfect Christmas style.

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Gold Storm

Forget about the snow with this gold flakes manicure. Simple, yet chic, this delicate nail trend is the perfect holidays passe-partout. The look goes from Christmas Eve party to morning-of petit pain au chocolat and egg nog breakfast with ease. It’s the perfect excuse to have everyone close-up on your hands while unwrapping gifts and spare yourself the unflattering bedhead Christmas morning photos.

Wrapped in Silver

Gold was never your thing? How about champagne glitter? This glorious look unites most of this season’s major nail trends into one perfect Christmas manicure. Metallics, revisited French tips, texture and shine, you’ll not only be chic but also incredibly trendy. Bold, yet versatile, it will complement any type of ensemble. But you might want to opt for another look if you’re worried about your nails stealing the show.

All The Way ‘Till The New Year

Reminiscent of a starlit sky, this Jin Soon nail polish channels your dark side while screaming classy party animal. The glittery black vernis combines two big nail trends of 2018 in one perfect festive manicure. It is the ideal look to go from Christmas office party to New Year’s eve out on the town with the snap of a sombre and sparkly finger.

Christmas in Britain

You don’t have to spend the holidays wrapped up in an ugly Christmas jumper, eating Yorkshire pudding, mushy peas and toad-in-the-hole, and to pop Christmas crackers while listening to the Royal Christmas Message to sport that Burberry-like mani. If you can’t afford the British fashion house’s luxury creations, wear it on your fingers! Dare the printed manicure trend, especially on short squarish nails, to glam up a somber outfit.

Party Metallics

You’re a tradition kind of person? You’re 23 but still prepare a plate of cookies and a glass of milk in case Santa gets hungry? Never forget the carrots for the reindeers? You had an argument with your sister because she wanted to skip the turkey and try something more exotic this year? There is no way you’re not wearing red on your nails on Christmas? Give it a little spice by opting for a shiny, glossy, sparkly, metallic red mani.

Mother of Pearls

Christmas is one of the most traditional holidays, so why not please Grandma and opt for pearls for the occasion. For over-the-top elegance and conservative extravagance, try this glamorous pearl manicure. Extremely fun but still being elegant, this textured nail art is certain to catch the eye. It’s the perfect balance between daring and classic to wear with any kind of outfit and to any kind of reception.

A Little Bit of This a Little Bit of Gold

Can’t make up your mind? Do it all at once with this classic and glamorous red nail with a touch of dramatic gold.  The best part? The golden details are not nail polish, but rather gold foil. The latter gives the manicure an interesting texture as well as an extra light reflecting quality. Its creator, Paintbox, calls it autumnal. We say it’s not a bad look for Thanksgiving, but this mani is Christmas all the way.


Grab the phone and make an appointment right away, because nail salons are like hair salons, impossible to visit in the month of December unless you booked three years prior. Too late for that? Start practising these 2018 Christmas nail trends now and do yours yourself. We believe in you.

Cover photo credit: paintboxnails | Instagram

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Graduating with a degree in Professional Writing and a grandmother on her downtime despite being in her twenties, Marie loves her mornings accompanied by crossword puzzles. Early bird, she maintains a close relationship with her running shoes. This said, her colleagues always await the fateful day when she arrives to work dressed in a cycling kit.