31 Cute Winter-Inspired Nail Art Designs

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We’re almost at that time of year again. It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and it’s time to start thinking about the festive period. Winter is coming. In fact, it’s upon us. It’s time to start thinking about getting yourself ready for winter and to be more precise, all those Christmas parties!

If you need a little inspiration to get festive, check out these 31 cute winter-inspired nail art designs:

1. RED NAILS WITH A SNOWMAN

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You can’t go wrong with a snowman for winter and this red and white snowman design is perfect! Red is always a very festive color and everyone loves a bit of snow. By only painting the snowman on one nail rather than all of them, you’re making your own life a lot easier. It’s quicker and it doesn’t matter if you can’t get them all to match!

2. SNOWFLAKE ACCENT NAIL

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Snowflakes go hand in hand with snowmen and with the “Frozen” frenzy that hit the world, you really can’t go wrong with this blue, silver and white design, complete with all things sparkly. Add some glitter, throw on some gems, and mix and match them up a bit – it’s the season to get jolly after all!

3. PENGUIN ACCENT NAIL

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Instagram / just1nail

Pastels and penguins aren’t two things you would normally associate in the same festive nail, especially when it’s pastel pink rather than baby blue. However these super cute nails show you how to do just that. The baby pink works great as the neutral background, add some blue and see-through sparkles and get creative with your penguin and you’re onto a winner.

4. ELEGANT SNOWFLAKE NAILS

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If you want something more elegant than novelty for winter, check out these stunning designs. Having the glitter and snowflakes at the base of the nail rather than the tip helps to keep things modern and the snowy-white and blue ‘ extras add a little something special to the mix. The good thing about all of these nails is that it doesn’t matter if you fluff them up a bit. They don’t all need to look the same.

5. SWEATER-INSPIRED NAILS

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If you’re wearing the sweater you may as well get your nails to match! Let’s face it, we’ve learned to love those awful festive designs and wear them with pride rather than hide them in the back of the closet so it makes sense to add the patterns to your nails too. Doesn’t it make you feel like you have your life together when everything matches?

6. CUTE PINK NAILS

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Instagram / clairelofthouse

Another pastel pink beauty but this time, we’re adding snowmen! Paint one nail or all of them – it doesn’t matter. Get creative and see where that nail brush takes you. You never know what crazy designs you might come up with!

7. SPARKLY MANICURE

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It doesn’t matter what color you’ve chosen for your base, glitter adds an instant re-vamp. We love this silver and off-white / almost grey look with or without the snowman! It would just just as festive either way.

8. GOLD GLITTERY ACCENT NAIL

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Glitter can be a little too much for some people so by choosing the one nail and making that one your focus nail, you’re achieving that festive glittery look without worrying about it looking too much or too tacky. The festive season is all about going over the top and ‘tacky’ at times but that doesn’t mean your nails need to follow the trend.

9. GINGERBREAD MAN NAILS

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Instagram / judyrox

We loved these gingerbread men nails – another common character you normally associate with Christmas. Again, you’ll see the focus on just one nail, keeping the rest relatively neutral, so why not follow the same trend?

10. LET IT SNOW!

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Why not get your nail artist to write festive words on your nails? ‘Let it snow’ is one of the most iconic phrases of the festive period so why not keep things simple and have festive sayings written on a neutral background. Add some sparkles and you have super-simple, unique nails that everyone will love.

11. WHITE & BLUE SNOWFLAKES

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Instagram / nailsbysophiaa

We don’t know whether it’s the Frozen thing or if it’s always been the case, but blue, white and silver are now considered to be some of the ‘classiest’ colors you can pick this year. A simple blue background with white snowflakes is just as effective as some of the more complicated styles you may have seen, and the slight addition of discreet glitter just adds to the snowy appeal.

12. CUTE SNOWMAN NAILS

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Such a simple look and yet so effective! Simple paint your nails white, paint on a little scarf and some eyes, an orange carrot nose and what do you have – the best, simplest festive nails! Sometimes it pays to go back to basics. You could even get your kids to give you a hand with these!

13. REINDEER ACCENT NAIL

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Instagram / ohmygoshpolish

Another classic example of making one nail the focus nail, we love this cheeky Rudolph poking out from the tip. When did festive nails get so serious anyway?

14. WHITE & PINK MANICURE WITH A POP OF GOLD

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The dotted effect on the white nail here is so effective, you’d be forgiven for wanting it on EVERY nail! Using an old hair grip or something with a round tip, dip into the color and then onto your nails, placed in such a way it could almost look like a Christmas tree. Throw some contrasting colored glitter over the top and it’ll look like someone’s turned the Christmas tree lights on.

15. CHRISTMAS SWEATER INSPIRED MANICURE

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Instagram / thenailtrail

The Christmas sweater nails are back and they’re going to keep coming back too! These nails are so band on trend right now and with the help of a clean brush and some white on a contrasting background, are great for a last minute festive addition. Add a top coat over the top and away you go!

16. PENGUIN NAILS

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Instagram / fairlycharming

We’re bringing sparkly back with these bold penguin nails. Winter is the perfect time to set that glitter free so why not go all-out with a sparkly base? It makes the perfect backdrop for a cute penguin!

17. WHITE NAILS WITH A SNOWMAN

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Instagram / polishedtwins

It’s like a french manicure but with extra winter thrown in for good measure. Add some extra white-tips and include a few dots to make it look like snow, and throw on a snowman to really add to the festivities. Who said baby pink couldn’t be Christmassy?

18. WINTER TREES NAIL ART

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It’s such a great look and also a very simple design. If you have white polish and pink polish, use an extra small bowl to mix a little of the two colors together to give you the in-between shade of these trees. You have the pink background, pink mixed with white for the trees, and white on it’s own for the tips. All you need to do is add some (optional) glitter and top coat over the top and it’s another look that you can do at home in a few minutes.

19. WINTER DESIGN FOR LONG NAILS

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Long nails give you the opportunity to play around a bit more with the designs you have on your winter nails. You can add a bit more detail to the nail, just like you can see with this cute snowman. Why not make the most of it and go bold and bright like this beautiful blue?

20. HOLIDAY SWEATER MANICURE

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Instagram / judyrox

It’s Christmas sweater with a hint of class. There’s something abut nude nails that looks simply beautiful and it helps to tone the look down a little bit. Notice how there is a clever line of gold glitter around the edge of the red nail? It’s a look that is fast becoming very popular and is definitely one you should try this winter if you want to be on trend.

21. WHITE & BLUE SNOWMAN NAILS

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Even shorter nails can use a bit of a festive makeover and this white and blue snowman design shows you how to do just that. Just make the snowy white tips a little shorter to keep everything in proportion and you can achieve the same looks as longer nails. Also, you’ll notice only the snowman’s head is used rather than the entire body.

22. SIMPLE & ELEGANT MANICURE

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Instagram / Glittr

Why bother making things overly complicated when you could go effortlessly simple and stylish like this white elegant design. Add embellishments to just one nail and keep everything else muted and simple. It’s sophisticated festivity!

23. NORTH POLE MANICURE

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Instagram / polishedtwins

These are actually pretty simple considering how complicated they look. Keep the background nude, add some white tips and add a bit of silver glitter. The trees and penguins are only roughly drawn on so it doesn’t matter if they all look a little different. If you don’t like what you’ve done, you can always whip it off and start again. The background has been left nude remember!

24. WINTER NIGHT NAILS

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Instagram / phenomenail

Who said all your nails had to match? Use each one to depict another favorite thing you love about winter. The glistening snowflakes, snowmen, christmas trees… The overload of glitter is of course, optional!

25. SNOWFLAKE + POLKA DOTS

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Instagram / ruthsnailart

Polka dots aren’t generally seen as festive but when you add them to some glitter and a snowflake, festive they become! It just goes to show that you don’t always have to go festive or winter-mad in order to achieve the perfect nail design.

26. SPARKLY RED MANICURE

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Instagram / polishedtwins

Red nails are a staple for winter, especially the closer it gets to Christmas, and if you’ve forgotten to get your nails done, this look is an easy one to achieve at home. If you have glitter and red polish, mix them together. If you have white, add your wintery additions. Add a top coat over the top and you’re almost ready to go.

But here’s a trick if you want to dry your nails super fast in a hurry… Soak them for a couple of minutes in cool water once they’re past the tacky stage and they’ll harden in a jiffy!

27. COOL SNOWMAN DESIGN

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Instagram / fairlycharming

If your snowman nail art has gone wrong, don’t despair! Just create a melted snowman instead! What a genius idea, and a great cheat for when you do your nails in a rush and fluff them all up. We’ve all done that, right girls?

28. WINTER SWEATER INSPIRED MANICURE

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Instagram / just1nail

We told you nude nails made winter sweaters classier and it’s a point proven once again with these beautiful nails. Make them all the same or different, each of these classic designs are both wintery, festive and brilliant. Super simple too!

29. SIMPLE SNOWMAN ACCENT NAIL

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Instagram / nailsbysophiaa

If you’re only playing around with nail art for the first time, or are looking for something super simple you can do from the comfort of your own home, make life easier on yourself and just paint a snowman or something else equally festive over the top of your exiting manicure. It sure beats taking old polish off, putting new polish on and then waiting for it to dry. Instead, touch it up, add your winter embellishment and you’re ready to go. That’s a great time-saving tip for you. It doesn’t need to be red, gold, glittery or anything else to be wintery.

30. SPARKLY HOLIDAY MANICURE

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This look is both unique and stunning and you can achieve these simple winter nails easily with the help of some gold polish, a few extra gold sparkles, and plenty of top coat. You’ll need to do this in two parts if you want it to look super fabulous. Paint your nails gold and add top coat. Allow to dry before adding a layer of glitter and then top coat. Add another layer of glitter and top coat once that has dried, and maybe one more too. The layering helps to create a more 3D effect with your glitter and the added layers of top coat will make the black snowflakes on top ‘pop’ like you can see here.

31. COLORFUL SNOWFLAKES

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Instagram / cottonconey

It looks great doesn’t it? These winter nails are very easy to achieve too once you have the knowhow. Paint your snowflakes on with contrasting colors and then grab a tooth pick or something equally pointy and pokey to create a small ‘ball’ of polish at the end of each snowflake. It helps to give that 3D, raised effect but you do need to remember to let this look dry thoroughly before you attempt to do anything else. Remember the ball of paint will take longer to dry.

How many of these super cute winter nail designs would you be willing to try now you know how easy they are to achieve? Hopefully you’ve been given a burst of festive inspiration to help get things underway. Why not share your festive designs with us over on your Facebook page? We’d love to see what you come up with!