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Pics of Winter Nails to Guide Your Slay

BY: Colleen Loggins Loster | Dec 26, 2018

Do visions of Santas, reindeer, snowmen, and Christmas trees dance through your head when you think of winter nails? They're obvious design choices for our most festive time of year, but what happens when you want something a little less on the nose? Or what happens after December 25? You probably still want winter nail colors and nail art—after all, the season doesn't even technically start until December 21—but what says "winter" and not just "Christmas"?

To give you some inspiration, we scoured the winter nails hashtag on Instagram and came up with some amazing seasonal looks. Feel free to copy these during your next nail salon visit.

Frenetic Foils

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Victoria Rose (@manikuredby_victoriarose) on

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This frenetic splatter pattern is enhanced with gold foils and then grounded with              solid black lines, creating an artsy mani that wouldn’t look out of place at a dressy          event.

Shop the look: Butter London Union Jack Black ($14.94); Nicole by OPI Lips Are          Dripping Honey ($6.99); 20-piece nail art brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Abstract Christmas Trees

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by ❤ Hang Nguyen ❤ (@thehangedit) on

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These triangles with flecks of green jewel tones celebrate the holiday season without    being so obvious about it. And the super short length feels especially refreshing. It's          not surprising that the nail artist behind this mani, Hang Nguyen, works with Nailing Hollywood, an agency that represents some of Hollywood's coolest manicurists.

Shop the look: Butter London Union Jack Black ($14.94); emerald gem glitter ($3.20);            20-piece nail art brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Reverse Moons

 
 
 
 
 
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This manicure, also the creation of celebrity nail artist Hang Nguyen, would fit right              in at a fancy holiday party or New Year's event.

Shop the look: Butter London Union Jack Black ($14.94); 20-piece nail art brush set      ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Glitter-Dipped

 
 
 
 
 
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By using an ombre technique, the manicurist at Faf Nails makes a classic gold-glitter manicure look fresh and fun, not to mention festive.   

Shop the look: Nicole by OPI Lips Are Dripping Honey ($6.99); makeup sponges for        ombre technique ($8.99)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Starbucks Holiday Cup

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Lauren Wilkin💅 (@alldemnails) on

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These winter nails give a whole new meaning to the phrase "latte art." The free-hand      design pays homage to the Starbucks holiday cup and lets people know just how            much you value your coffee.

Shop the look: Essie Blanc, Essie Bump Up the Pumps ($7.99 each); Butter London        Union Jack Black ($14.94); 20-piece nail art brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Ice Queen

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Catriona Leith (@thenailstudiocb) on

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Only the fiercest queens can pull off these blue-green winter nails with their        exaggerated almond shapes and head-turning gold-glitter highlights.

Shop the look: 500-piece acrylic nail tips ($6.99); 6-pack glitter nail polish with bonus      fidget spinner ($27.99); Butter London Union Jack Black ($14.94)); 20-piece nail art          brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Cozy Sweater: Take 1

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Christina - Blondie's Nails (@blondiesnails) on

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Nothing looks cozier than these heather gray sweater nails with a soft-white tribal     pattern. And unlike some of this other winter nail art, this design works just as well            on a late February day as it does during the holidays.

Shop the look: Essie Hubby for Dessert, Essie Blanc ($7.99 each); 20-piece nail art            brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

Cozy Sweater: Take 2

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Have Fun With It! (@dliciousnails) on

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Textured nails that resemble chunky-cable-knit sweaters are among the most              popular winter nail designs on Instagram, probably because of how adorable they            look peeking out of fingerless gloves or wrapped around a mug of something hot.

Shop the look: 3D gel polish; 12-piece UV nails gel polish set 1 ($68.99); UV nail lamp ($29.99); 20-piece nail art brush set ($8.90)

Click here to find a manicurist near you. (Call to make sure they have 3D gel polish.)

Glittering Snow

 
 
 
 
 
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These may be the most overtly Christmas-y nails on here, but they wouldn't be out              of place in January or February, especially if you swap out the snowflakes in favor of              a lace pattern.

Shop the look: 500-piece acrylic nail tips ($6.99); silver glitter nail-art powder ($8.99);       Essie Blanc ($7.99); OPI base and top coat set ($11.99); 20-piece nail art brush set        ($8.90); nail stamp set ($7.95)

Click here to find a manicurist near you.

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