12 Winter Nail Art Designs For Chilly Season

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Winter Nail Designs

No matter what your favorite season is, winter is near to our hearts for many reasons. And nothing is perhaps more exciting during this chilly time of year than winter nail art!

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Self-expression is an essential part of our self-care and overall happiness. So when we are forced to bundle up and layer clothes, our cute winter nails give us the freedom to still show off our unique style.

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1. Dark Iridescent

Winter is a season known for its profound and deep contrasts. Night approaches quickly, drawing out our sunlight, while white snowflakes keep our world bright.

A timeless manicure idea for winter nails is dark iridescent. Use darker shades to contrast the warmth and natural glow of winter that we feel drawn towards.

Black and midnight blue are perfect for expressing your inner mystery and intrigue. You can start with just simple dark shades, but bringing some iridescent shimmer into your look is a great way to bring it to the next level.

The Best Way To Get Unique Winter Nails

We're not going to ignore the obvious. An at-home mani is usually only successful with plain shades and limited creative freedom. After all, it's hard to get salon-quality winter nails right at home!

That's where we come in. At Maniology, we believe that authentic self-expression starts in the comfort of your own home. That's why we designed our nail stamping kits, to give you the ability to get a unique and artistic manicure right at home!

But we didn't stop there. We also have our iconic iridescent nail art powder to effortlessly give you that long-awaited iridescent look.

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2. Simple French Tips

If we're talking about winter nail designs, there's nothing more timeless than simple french tips. This natural and simplistic design is perhaps the most classic winter manicure you can have!

French tips are great for any season, but they are exceptionally stunning in chilly months. Not only do they accentuate and bring out your natural features, but they also help draw attention to your winter fit.

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Is a simple french manicure not your style? Then why not spice up your french tips with something more stunning?

Instead of white, use a pop of neon or a classic gold sparkle. There's truly an endless amount of ways to sport a trendy french tip look.

However, free-handing french tips are not for the faint of heart. At Maniology, we have our Pardon My French manicure nail plate to help create a crisp tip for your winter nails. So whether you want a naturally curved template or a trend-setting geometry, you can get it all.

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3. Bold Cherry Red

Winter is, of course, associated with the holiday season. And this festive time of year is usually marked with colors like red, green, and gold.

No seasonal color is quite as iconic as red. And a deep cherry red is perfect for bringing out your cold-season beauty and reflecting holiday vibes.

Add Golden Or Silver Glitter To Make It Pop

Red may not shine its brightest if it's riding solo. But if red and green are iconic winter colors, then so are red and gold. So let's bring some golden sparkle into this festive look!

When it comes down to it, if you're looking for some winter nail inspo, bold cherry red is a great place to start. And even better is with Maniology's Shaka Santa red glitter stamping polish.

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4. Neutrals And Shades Of White

Nothing is more satisfying and heartwarming than neutral tones. Especially during the colder months, a fulfilling neutral color helps bring our winter looks together.

Neutrals like off-white and gentle grays are the perfect places to start with your winter nail designs. You can also go for nude nails for a more sophisticated look.

You Can't Go Wrong With Nude Winter Nails

Nudes give you an ideal palette to create trendy nail art. In fact, you can never go wrong with anything from nudes to neutrals. Whether it's winter to summer, they never go out of style!

The best part about natural and nude tones is that there are unlimited colors to suit your unique beauty. Maniology's Naturel 6-piece stamping polish set gives you all the essential tones you need to create a masterpiece.

Paired with our Winter Occasions XL nail stamping plate, you'll feel the cozy vibes all winter long.

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5. Bright Colors With Glitter

Some of us are under the impression that the winter season is a time for only simple and neutral colors. However, while classic nail art designs thrive in the colder months, you don't need to limit yourself to only them. 

If you want something more striking and trendy, bright colors are a fantastic way to bring some passion into these cold months. Colorful cool winter nail designs are ideal for creating elegant yet stylish looks.

Our Essentials Bright nail polish set is precisely what you need to revitalize your winter style. You can also add some shimmer and sparkle into a bright palette to multiply the potential!

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6. Black And White Winter Nail Designs

Winter is all about feeling cozy. There's nothing quite like heartwarming emotions to help us through the cold months.

Touching and personalized winter nail designs are an easy way to light a fire in your heart. By harnessing the power of unique self-expression, you can find a nail art look that's truly special to you!

Use black and white to maintain a simplistic appearance with your nail art. This allows your unique self-expression to truly shine.

And what's cozier than our pets? Maniology's On The Prowl cat-themed nail stamping starter kit allows you to show affection to your furry friends. This nail art will be sure to steal any show.

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7. Browns And Burnt Orange

We'll draw some inspiration from autumn on this one. After all, bringing warm colors into your look is a great way to contrast the chilling aspects of winter.

Burnt orange and warmer colors like burgundy and brown can help you stand out. Drawing upon orange tones is an effortless way to enlighten your style and express your inner warmth.

Our Chrysanthemum stamping nail polish is a shade you can't face winter without. Want something more neutral? Our Coffee Or Tea nail art stamping bundle has everything you need to fully express your unique style!

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More Nail Art Ideas For True Self-Expression

We won't stop there. Here are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing for your winter nail designs!

  1. Blue and white snowflakes
  2. Lilac and blue plaid pattern
  3. Maroon sweater weather vibes
  4. Dark red glitter
  5. Holiday patterns in red, green, and blue

Keep Reading: 15 Cool Winter Colors And How To Use Them


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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