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7 Christmas Nail Art Designs You Can Do at Home

  • 5 min read

The time for Christmas cheer is near and the holiday spirit is building!

The Christmas lights are shining through the night, the tree is decorated and the scent of gingerbread fills the air. We are feeling all the warm fuzzies here at Gelous, but are most looking forward to the Christmas parties, delectable feasts and quality time spent with our friends and family. 

Whether you’re in full festive swing or more toned down in your holiday spirit, we have got the gel manicure inspiration for you. Bound to impress everyone at your Christmas gatherings, we’ve got you covered with everything from classic looks and colour schemes, to Santa art and candy cane tips. Keep reading to find the best look for your gel manicure this Christmas and learn how you can create it for yourself.

Candy Cane Tips Gel Nail Art

Gelous Candy Cane Tips Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

You can’t get much sweeter than candy cane french tips. Whilst subtle, this gel manicure will certainly lift your Christmas spirit. You will need a nude base to create this, here we have used our Pink Rubber Base Coat and Pink Builder Gel, however a sheer nude like French Kiss or Sweet Nothings will work great too. Over your base, make sure to add a coat of Fine Glitter for a little Christmas twinkle. For the candy cane tips, you will need Red Sass, Just White and your Thin Nail Art Brush to achieve the full festive effect. Paint your french tip using Red Sass, and using your brush with Just White, paint curved lines along your french tip to see your candy canes come to life. We are obsessed with this delightful design and we know you’re going to love it too.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Candy Cane Tips gel nail art, watch our YouTube tutorial here.

Santa Hat Gel Nail Art

Gelous Santa Hat Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

Spread ultimate Christmas cheer with these utterly adorable Santa Claus-inspired french tips. For this look we have paired festive red tips with a Santa hat accent nail to give your gel manicure a Christmas touch. Start by creating your french tips using Poison Apple and your Thin Nail Art Brush. Our French Nail Tip Guides can be a great help for this if you’re still perfecting your technique or don’t have the steadiest of hands! To create the Santa hat, use Poison Apple to paint a curve off your french tip, followed by using your Dotting Tool and Just White to create the fur trim and pom pom. This design is an obvious Christmas favourite for 2022 and we can see why, it’s playful, cute and totally merry.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Santa Hat gel nail art, watch our Mini Tutorial Highlight on Instagram here.

Silver Foil Tips Gel Nail Art

Gelous Silver Foil Tips Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

These show-stopping french tips will have you jingling all the way through the festive season. Perfect for your Christmas parties, you will sparkle even brighter than the office tinsel. For this set we are using our Metallic Nail Foils so you can achieve the ultimate shine, but first create your nude base and apply a coat of Fine Glitter for that festive sparkle. Then, using Foil Gel and your Thin Nail Brush, paint a french tip outline and fill it in. With your Metallic Nail Foils, cut out a section of the silver foil, gently press it onto your nail and carefully pull it away. This isn’t a precise art, so be patient and remember you can apply the foils multiple times to get a full coverage on the nails. We’ve opted for an icy-festive silver, but this manicure would look incredible with any metallic colour for a year round look. Finish this glowing gel manicure by painting a thin line of Just White under your french tip and you’ll have nails so dazzling they could belong on your Christmas tree.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Silver Foil Tips gel nail art, watch our Mini Tutorial Highlight on Instagram here.

Christmas Starshine Gel Nail Art

Gelous Christmas Starshine Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

In this season of celebration, let your nails celebrate with you. Complete with a festive red Gel Nail Polish and shining stars, this gel manicure gives a nod to the jolliness of Christmastime. If you’re ready to dazzle the crowds, start with filing your nails into an almond shape and continue with your usual nail prep. For the festive red base, paint your nails with Red Sass, a bold red-shade that is truly synonymous with Christmas. If you feel daunted by the stars, fear not, they are so easy to create through using our Star Nail Stickers. To apply these, place a sticker onto your nail and gently rub it into place using your Silicone Tool. For added twinkle, take your Dotting Tool with Just White and paint dots around the stars. Voila! A beautiful Christmas-inspired gel manicure that is sure to lift your holiday spirit.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Christmas Starshine gel nail art, watch our Mini Tutorial Highlight on Instagram here.

Festive Swirls Gel Nail Art

Gelous Festive Swirls Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

Even a Grinch would love these subtle, festive swirls. Using classy holiday shades, these nails spread the Christmas joy in a low-key fashion and will still look the part come December 26. Begin with creating a nude base with our Pink Rubber Base Coat, Pink Builder Gel and French Kiss Gel Nail Polish. To create the swirls, use Good as Gold and your Thin Nail Art Brush to paint a wavy line on each nail and simply repeat with Just White and Amazonian. Whilst a more understated look than more typical Christmas nail art designs, the green and white swirls perfectly contrast with the hint of golden glitter to show you’re still ready to get this party started. Dance the night away with your loved ones this festive season knowing you have a stunning manicure to boot.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Festive Swirls gel nail art, watch our YouTube tutorial here.

Under the Mistletoe Gel Nail Art

Gelous Under the Mistletoe Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

With this charming gel manicure you’ll be under the mistletoe in no time. Classy yet fun, this look mixes classic Christmas colours with glamorous glitters and shimmers to bring the Christmas magic. Create the magic for yourself by first painting Poison Apple, Paint the Town Red and Fine Glitter across your chosen fingers. For the mistletoe feature nails, use your Thin Nail Art Brush with Darkest Forest to form the leaves, and your Dotting Tool with Paint the Town Red to create the berries. Totally kissable, you will have everyone fawning over your festive gel nails this year.

Looking for a tutorial?

To recreate our Under the Mistletoe gel nail art, watch our YouTube tutorial here.

Christmas Snowflakes Gel Nail Art

Gelous Christmas Snowflakes Gel Nail Art - photographed in Australia on model

If you’re looking for a more traditional and classic Christmas gel manicure, you’ve met your match. With a merry red Gel Nail Polish, sparkling silver and dainty snowflake nail art, this set brings Christmas winter wonderland to life. Create this gorgeous look with Paint the Town Red, Dance the Night Away, and our Snowflake Stickers. Our Nail Art Stickers are so easy to apply, simply peel off your favourite and apply to your nail by rubbing it on gently. This gel manicure pairs perfectly with a cosy night in by an open fire, a wholesome Christmas movie and a big mug of hot chocolate.

Now you have the inspiration, what will you be creating this Christmas? Get in the spirit and spread holiday cheer in style with a fresh, festive gel manicure. From the team at Gelous, we hope you have a very merry Christmas and enjoy your well-deserved holiday break. It’s time for rest, relaxation and fun in the sun. ‘Tis the season!

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