Nail the holidays with a new festive manicure

Image credit: Caitlyn McAdam

Image credit: Caitlyn McAdam

December is upon us, which means Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner. While you may still be on the hunt for the perfect outfit for your Christmas party, there is one part of our seasonal self-care routine we cannot forget about and that is prepping our nails. It is officially time to switch out the autumnal shades and deck your nails with holly, glitter, or a pop of colour to give you a perfect manicure for the holidays. 


Elizabeth Morris, a nail technician based in Droylsden, Manchester, told me Christmas is all about the glitter and glam . “I’ve found the most popular design around the festive period is mainly glitter, glitter, and more glitter! A lot of the designs I tend to recreate around the festive period are mainly red or white with a different design on each finger, which normally consist of snowflakes, ombre glitter, different coloured stripes down the nail, and full cover glitter nails,” said Elizabeth. 

However, when it comes to festive nail trends, there is a wide variety to choose from including, those who love red and sparkl eor those who wish to have a more subtle design with neutra l colours. Elizabeth said: “Christmas nail trends tend to come back the same every year, mainly consisting of snowflakes, reindeers, candy canes, presents, snowmen, holly leaves, Christmas puddings, and mistletoe.” These designs have become popular across Elizabeth’s clients around the festive season. “Something that is becoming increasingly popular in recent years around Christmas is the cable knit nail design, which is shown in the step-by-step tutorial on the mistletoe nails,” Elizabeth adds. 

Whether, your nails are short or long, I have carefully selected two incredible designs for you to try at home with a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow. From a skilled home manicurist to a first-timer, I hope to give you some easy, festive design inspiration for the holiday season ahead. 

Which design will you be attempting? Tweet me @CaitlynMcadam and make sure to check out @eknailsx for inspiration for your Christmas nails.

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