All the Non-Cheesy Holiday Nail Art to Try This Season

by Julie Sprankles
Dec 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

The holidays are arguably the most festive time of year, and you know what that means — parties abound. From office mixers to family get-togethers, there’s certainly no shortage of occasion to eat, drink and be merry heading into a new year. And, naturally, it doesn’t hurt to have a fabulous holiday mani to flaunt and make you feel even more festive during this celebratory season.

But holiday manicures aren’t what they once were. Long gone are the days of kitschy Christmas trees, Santa sleighs and cartoonish reindeer. Rather, holiday manis today are a modern statement of elegance and interest. They utilize classic colors along with hues that are newcomers to the holiday scene (we’re looking at you, millennial pink). They rely on exciting new techniques for added depth, such as embossing and matte finishes.

So if you’re dying to give your nails a very merry makeover in the coming months, don’t resign yourself to singing snowmen or a similarly silly design. Take a pic of one of these modern holiday looks to your manicurist and ring in the new year in high style.

1 /15: Sweater-weather style

1/15 :Sweater-weather style

Between the matte polish and embossed technique, this look has us feeling very merry indeed.

2 /15: Ice, ice baby

2/15 :Ice, ice baby

If it's drama your dark heart desires, look no further than this icicle-inspired design. 

3 /15: Stunning in silver

3/15 :Stunning in silver

If ever there's a time to bring on the bling in your manicure, it's the holidays. Say hello to this silver style! 

4 /15: Perfect for a party

4/15 :Perfect for a party

Coordinating nude colors give this look added interest while still keeping it holiday party chic. 

5 /15: Petal power

5/15 :Petal power

A barely there design featuring poinsettialike leaves feels delightfully wintery. 

6 /15: Fine lines

6/15 :Fine lines

The holidays are happy and bright, so why shouldn't your nails be? This style is cheerful and unique.

7 /15: Five golden fingernails

7/15 :Five golden fingernails

You can never — we repeat never — go wrong with a glittery, all-gold mani for the holidays.

8 /15: Blue Christmas

8/15 :Blue Christmas

Bright blue is a refreshing holiday hue, and the silver triangle design is a clever nod to the Christmas tree.

9 /15: A bit of glitz

9/15 :A bit of glitz

Super-dark nails (this would be fabulous in hunter green) dipped in gold lend a sophisticated vibe. 

10/15 :Festive fingers

For a look that is simple yet classic, try this burgundy-tipped holiday manicure. 

11 /15: Evergreen dreams

11/15 :Evergreen dreams

Green is arguably the most holiday-esque of colors, and this mix of matte and shine is divine. 

12 /15: Pattern play

12/15 :Pattern play

A plaidlike pattern feels perfectly playful (and not silly) for the holiday season. 

13 /15: Holiday pink

13/15 :Holiday pink

Move over, red! Millennial pink is having its holiday moment, and this manicure is festive proof. 

14/15 :Shine on

Calling all winter brides! This glitter-dipped blush design is about as dreamy as it gets for holiday I dos. 

15/15 :Pin it!

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