20 Awesome Holiday Nail Designs for Short Nails

Updated on November 1, 2019
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Turn Up Your Nail Game for the Holidays!

Are you looking for ways to add sparkle and festivity to your holiday beauty routine? There's no better time to do this than the season that brings gifts and glitter to all. Whether you want to try painting the designs yourself or going the professional manicure route, here are 20 awesome designs to get your nails holiday ready.

1. Glitter Tips

Amp up your French tips with red and green glitter nail polish accents.

2. Cozy Snowmen

An icy blue color is a perfect base for a snowy scene. It's also great for Frozen-inspired nails if you're having a Disney-themed party this winter.

3. Holly-Day Nails

Accent your holiday French tip with a playful holly design! You'll need a fine-tipped brush for the delicate leaves and the back of a bobby pin for the berries.

4. Santa Hats

These Santa hats are a subtle but adorable way to get your nails holiday ready. Don't you just love the little gem adding a little sparkle to the design?

5. Neon & Sparkles

Add a pop of color on an accent nail to set your nails apart from the rest! This is an elegant look that's great for a night out. It would look cute teamed with a pink Santa hat for a feminine twist on the usual Christmas colors.

6. Penguin Pals

This nail design is sure to bring smiles to your family's faces. Try planning a nail-painting party and creating this design on each other's nails!

7. One-Tip Wonder

If you don't have time to decorate each and every nail, this one-tip wonder is an elegant way to add some holiday spirit without too much investment.

8. Stiletto Nails

This design might be better done in a nail salon than the DIY route. Try choosing a few different colors and textures to add more elements to catch the eye. The cherry color is perfect for bringing a bit of warmth to the frosty season.

9. Mink & Gold

The color combination of mink and gold is luxurious! It almost looks as if the nails are inspired by Santa's reindeer and fancy sleighing gear. This design would be gorgeous to wear to an office party or on a night out with the girls.

10. Frosty Tips

Winter gel nails look amazing with blue glitter and snowflake nail art. Many beauticians offer various different design options, so reach out to different salons and find the best one that can make the look you want.

11. Holly & Gold

The gold base contrasts beautifully with the holly-red color. Anchor the whole look by painting one nail the same shade as the berries.

12. Confetti & Bright

Nail polish with chunky glitter mimics confetti and is a popular choice for the Christmas season. Try this fun and easy look to glam up your nails!

13. Santa Belts

You'll need red, white, black, and gold polishes to recreate this festive look. If you don't have steady hands, ask a friend to assist you with the finer details.

14. Winter Wonderland

This design is an accent-nail variation where the special nail is left plainer than the rest. To create the intricate details, you can either apply nail stickers or have your local salon paint them on!

15. Peppermint Stripes

Create a simple and festive pattern using the classic red and white colors. You could do this with every nail or break it up with solid nails and sparkles.

16. Santa Hats & Dots

Santa hats make a big statement when they take up the full nailbed. Change up the look by popping on a few glitter dots on other nails for a playful design.

17. Christmas Lights

Drawing Christmas lights on your nails is pretty straightforward. Use a gold color for the base and then add a thin black line that winds along the nailbed. Add the lights by using colored rhinestones and finish everything off with a clear coat of nail polish.

18. Festive Baubles

These festive baubles are gorgeous, and the glitter polish really sets them apart! You can choose whatever color scheme you like, but I find that the teal color complements the pink and silver sparkles perfectly.

19. Nail Stamps

You'll need a nail stamp kit to put these cute designs together. I think it's definitely worth the cost because you can create many designs with one kit and different nail polish colors!

20. Olaf From Frozen

This is a sweet look for you and your mini-me! If you don't feel brave enough to paint Olaf, you can buy pre-made nail decals and attach them on top of your base color.


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      2 years ago

      I love the design thanks you they give me great ideas to help me choose

    • ezzly profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thanks paint drips, Merry Christmas !

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      Very cool! I'm trying these.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by listsnthings, hope you enjoy the holidays !

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      Anna Christie 

      4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love these nail designs they are fantastic They've given me real inspiration for Christmas nails Thanks for this hub

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by rtalloni

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      5 years ago

      Such fun designs!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for commenting Deborah Diane, I look forward to seeing pics of your Christmas nails this year ;)

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      What adorable ideas for painting your nails for the holidays! This article has certainly broadened by horizons!

    • ezzly profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Flourish :)

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      5 years ago from USA

      Absolutely beautiful.


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