11 Festive Christmas Nails For Short And Medium Nails

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Simple Christmas Nails

Even if you donated your last overly-itchy Christmas sweater to Goodwill, there are plenty of other imaginative ways to show the holiday spirit. Elevating your winter style with a merry manicure will help you celebrate the holiday festivities while embracing the art of self-expression and creative passion.

Key takeaways

  1. Snowflakes in shades of blue
  2. Frosty lilac French tips
  3. Pale pink and green nail art
  4. Green Christmas sweater nail designs
  5. Warm and cozy gingerbread-neutral nails
  6. Elegant red glitter nails
  7. Wintergreen reflective glitter polish
  8. Glow-in-the-dark snowflakes
  9. Candy cane French tips
  10. Minimalistic mistletoe
  11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Now is the ideal time to enhance your favorite juicy cherry red polish with a textured pine green wreath design! Whether you are leaning toward the timeless sophistication of simplistic creamy ivory polish or the jolly excitement of vividly embellished nails, it'll be easier than you think to DIY your newest nail art inspo right at home.

Keep reading, and we'll share our favorite Christmas nail art ideas and the easiest way to recreate them all!

See Related: 11 Holiday Nail Art Ideas For A Festive Manicure

#1. Snowflakes in shades of blue

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The holidays won't be complete without some cute Christmas nail designs decorating your fingertips.

A tasteful holiday mani does more than just add the finishing touches to your evening party attire. It also gives you the perfect chance to explore your creative passions while accentuating your natural beauty!

You deserve to have nails that show your personality and unique sense of style

It's time to wear those cute Christmas nails with confidence and poise.  And that's what a few coats of a festive shade can do for you!

Let us share our favorite Christmas nail art ideas to help enhance your next holiday manicure

The first on our list of Christmas nail art designs is this stunning and sleek snowflake pattern.

The contrasting matte royal blue and subtle sparkling sapphire make for the perfect backdrop for some delicate creamy snowflake designs.

Nail stamping is the key to immaculate nails, regardless of the time of year.

This simplistic yet powerful practice gives you the skills needed to recreate your favorite holiday nail designs while staying true to yourself.

If you're worried about hand-painting those straight lines, don't be!

In five simple steps, you can effortlessly "stamp" your chosen artistic masterpiece onto your fingertips, all without the dreaded hassle that comes with DIY-ing your own holiday manicure. Through rigorous testing, we've found that the nail stamping techniques used result in consistently precise designs, ensuring a professional-looking manicure every time.

Plus, you can do it all at home - that means no more frustrating trips to the nail salon!

Let us help you recreate this classic holiday look

For this winter nail art, in particular, you'll just need Maniology's "Snow Day" nail stamping plate on hand. With detailed product descriptions, you can confidently choose a nail stamping style that matches your personal preferences and occasions.

The layer-able snowflakes are perfect for adding some depth to an accent nail, or for simply blanketing your nails. 

For step-by-step assistance, watch this YouTube video to guide you through the DIY process and get some more nail art inspo!

#2. Frosty lilac French tips

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Especially during the holidays, you can never go wrong with a wintery French manicure.

These subtle designs always top the list of Christmas nail ideas, no matter where you look.

Embrace the serenity of that frosty winter morning

Reminiscent of a tranquil frosted December morning, this look embraces bright white and delicate lilac hues in a simplistic design.

Even if you have medium or short nails, this look will elongate and slim your fingers.

All you need is Maniology's "Winter French" nail stamping kit to bring it all together.

#3. Pale pink and green nail art

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Who says that all Christmas nail designs only have to be various combinations of scarlet and forest green?

Try swapping out your classic deep red polish for something a bit more feminine if you want to put a new spin on the holidas!

After the rise of Barbiecore, you can't go wrong with pastel pink nails

Try this unique combo of fairy pink and emerald green polish if you want to add some vibrancy to your glossy festive manicure.

Here are the three things you'll need to recreate this look: the "Winter Occasions: Holiday Trim" nail stamping plate from Maniology, as well as our "Beginnings: Blossom" pink cream stamping polish, and the "Juicy: Sour Apple" light green stamping polish.

#4. Green Christmas sweater nail designs

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When it comes to festive Christmas nail ideas, there's nothing better than creating some traditional red and green sweater designs.

And these glittery nails easily make the cut for a cute Christmas look!

Grab your Maniology kit, and get stamping!

With the "Winter Occasions XL: Ugly Sweater/Holly Jolly" nail stamping plate from Maniology, you can pick from your fair share of designs to recreate these Christmas nail designs.

Whether you want to adorn your nails with snuggle-worthy sweaters or soft snowflakes, you can have it all.

Plus, it's an extra large plate, meaning you get even more bang for your buck! (It doesn't hurt that it also makes for an amazing holiday gift.)

Bonus: 7 Winter Nail Care Tips To Keep Your Fingers Strong And Healthy

#5. Warm and cozy gingerbread-neutral nails

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Everyone knows that neutral tones and a natural base make for the most simplistic and elegant nail art.

Plus, what's even better is that it takes minimal effort on your part.

Talk about the perfect way to DIY your Christmas nail art at home!

A subtly sweet edge for your regular go-to manicure

If you're looking to elevate your daily look, you don't need to take the maximalist route to get amazing results.

Instead, adding just a hint of holiday cheer to your nail art will be effective enough!

With our "Kawaii Christmas: Warm & Fuzzy" nail stamping plate, you'll have your pick of the top Christmas nail art designs.

Both short nails and lengthy acrylics will make an ideal canvas for these cozy designs.

This nail stamping plate can satisfy more than your sweet tooth

If crumbly gingerbread cookies and steaming hot cocoa aren't really your thing (though we don't know why they wouldn't be,) this nail stamping plate has plenty of other designs to choose from.

#6. Elegant red glitter nails

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Of all the Christmas nail colors, scarlet truly stands alone. If your collection of nail polish doesn't include this iconic color, be sure to make that a priority!

Maniology's "Shaka Santa" is the perfect cherry tone for a Christmas-red manicure, and its highly pigmented formula is so easy to apply.

This is the Christmas nail design that will keep you in the holiday spirit

Complete with alluring shimmers swimming throughout the bottle, this rich shade will make your Christmas nails the centerpiece of your holiday season.

Just don't forget to coat your gorgeous festive nails with a high-shine smudge-free top coat! This polish boasts long-lasting durability, with wear-tests showing minimal chipping even after days of wear.

#7. Wintergreen reflective glitter nail polish

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The perfect pair for your holiday red is this mint green nail polish.

Maniology's "Glitter Bomb: Shine" is a unique glitter nail polish that becomes extra reflective under flash lighting. So, if your winter schedule is filled with evening parties, this is the perfect polish to help you steal the show.

Plus, its cool tone is made with a subtle extra sparkle that will help your nails shine all season long!

You deserve to glow, even as the cold weather takes hold.

#8. Glow-in-the-dark snowflakes

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Though the winter months are notoriously dark and dreary, these glam glow-in-the-dark snowflakes will be the light to guide you through it all.

When you're feeling a little worn down by the cold wind and dry air, a little whimsical glow can be the saving grace you need.

Pop of few of the stickers from Maniology's "Glowy Snowflakes" glow-in-the-dark nail art sticker set and your nails will truly shine.

Easy, peasy!

#9. Candy cane French tips

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You might think that it's impossible to don simple nail art while still staying true to the spirit of Christmas.

But that's far from true!

Swap out that overdone Christmas tree nail art for something a bit more tasteful

If you're tired of seeing tiny Christmas trees showering your social media feed, try out this simplistic candy cane nail art for Christmas instead.

All you need to do is alternate a rich red and a creamy white in the style of a classic French manicure.

It's a Christmas nail design that stays simple and stunning, no matter where the holiday season takes you!

#10. Minimalistic mistletoe

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For some timeless, simple X-mas nails, subtly combine the two most notable shades of the seasons - red and green!

With some minimalistic mistletoe designs, you'll be able to showcase your love for the holidays while maintaining a simplistic look.

All you need to do is plaster your artwork over the top of a neutral base, and you'll be ready to steal the show at your next holiday party.

#11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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The perfect accessory for your simple Christmas nail art is the most famous reindeer of all - Rudolph!

This cute design is both simple and intricate at the same time. Pair this adorable face with stunning red tips, and your festive Christmas look will be finished.

Final thoughts

You don't need to be a professional nail artist to get super festive and stunning nail art during the holidays. Nail stamping plates let you recreate timeless classics and modern twists in just a few seamless steps.

Our featured nail stamping plates showcase the latest innovations in nail art technology. They allow you to effortlessly craft intricate nail designs that were once nearly impossible to recreate.

Over the years, nail art techniques have evolved, and our stamping designs reflect the latest trends and advancements out there. It'll be easy for you to stay ahead of nail art trends!

Compared to competitors, Maniology's designs stand out. Our their attention to detail, ease of use, and versatility is unmatched. We really are the preferred choice among nail art enthusiasts.

Try out any of these simplistic nail designs during the holidays, and enjoy the confidence they bring. That's the power of artistic self-expression through nail art!

Keep Reading: 7 Nail Gift Sets To Treat Yourself To This Holiday Season


At Maniology, we believe your nails are opportunities for adventure, fun, and unrestrained artistic expression. Our nail stamping plates and nail accessories are here to help foster your self-expression in the hopes of building a community of individuality. For more nail tutorials, subscription box updates, and designs, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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