10 Easy Celebrity-Inspired Holiday Nail Designs

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Get a festive tip from Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, and Giada De Laurentiis—these simple nail art designs add style, sparkle, and shine to your holiday.

Dec 10, 2013 | 03:38 PM

Nail art has been popping up everywhere as a festive, must-have accessory for a perfectly polished holiday look. Unfortunately, sometimes so-called “DIY manicures” are next to impossible to do on your own. Get a tip from celebs like Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, and Giada de Laurentiis—not all nail art requires hours of time to look amazing. Skip the salon and try these ten simple, striking nail art designs that even the least artistic home manicurist can create with ease.


Christmas Presents

These wrapped gifts may look difficult to create, but all you need is a small nail polish brush and a (somewhat) steady hand. Use gold foil strips and colorful jewels like Kristen for a more 3D look. For more pictures and a video tutorial, click here.


Christmas Character

If you’re feeling particularly bold, try recreating these adorable Christmas characters and designs with a toothpick or small paintbrush. For the tutorial, click here.

Metallic Sparkle

For the holiday season, there's nothing more versatile and simple than a classic metallic sparkle. Take a page from Jessica’s book and choose a nail polish with different-sized sparkles for a look that really pops. For directions, click here.

String of Lights

Brighten up your manicure with this string of lights design, which we think is completely worth the extra work. For directions, click here.

Let it Snow

The weather outside may be frightful, but your manicure doesn’t have to be with these adorable (and simple!) snowmen nails. For the tutorial, click here.

Newspaper Nails

Use words like “bright,” “merry,” and “star” to add Christmas spirit to these easy newspaper print nails. For directions and a video tutorial, click here.


Easy Christmas Trees

Use a few pieces of scotch tape to create these unique and festive tree designs. For directions, click here.

Abstract Christmas Tree

For a more abstract look, arrange dots of color like ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. For directions, click here.


Get creative with sparkly polish for this cold-weather style. After applying an icy-blue base coat, use silver sparkle nail polish to shape icicles on each finger. For directions, click here.

Candy Cane Stripes

Look like Santa's little helper with these candy cane nails, which are easily created with tape and red and white polish. For directions, click here.

Some helpful tips for every manicure:

• Wait as long as possible between each coat of polish; you don’t want your colors to smudge.
• Use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to eliminate excess polish on fingers.
• Wash hands thoroughly after nails have completely dried to remove any polish from cuticles.

Try out these festive designs for yourself and share pictures of your results in the comments!


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