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7 Christmas Nail Art Designs You Can Do at Home

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The time for Christmas cheer is near and the holiday spirit is starting to build!

The Christmas lights are sparkling through the night, the stockings are hung up by the fireplace and the gingerbread is in the oven. We have got all the warm fuzzies here at Gelous, but are most excited for the Christmas gatherings, scrumptious feasts and quality time spent with our nearest and dearest.

Whether you’re in full festive swing or more toned back in your Christmas spirit, we have got the gel manicure inspo for you. Bound to dazzle everyone at your holiday parties, we’ve got you covered with everything from traditional looks and classic colour schemes, to Santa art and candy cane french tips. Keep reading to find your favourite gel manicure look 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 United Kingdom on model

You can’t get much sweeter than candy cane french tips. Whilst subtle, this gel manicure is certain to lift your holiday spirit. To create this you will need a nude base, here we have used our Pink Rubber Base Coat and Pink Builder Gel, however a sophisticated, sheer nude like French Kiss or Sweet Nothings would work great also. Over your base, don't forget to add a coat of Fine Glitter for that little Christmas sparkle. For the candy cane tips, you will need Red Sass, Just White and your Thin Nail Art Brush to get 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 watch your candy canes come to life right before your eyes. We are in love with this delightful design and we know you’re going to be obsessed with 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 United Kingdom on model

Spread total Christmas cheer with these absolutely adorable Santa Claus-inspired french tips. For this look we have mixed festive red tips with a Santa hat feature nail to give your gel manicure the ultimate Christmas touch. Begin with creating your french tips using Poison Apple and your Thin Nail Art Brush. Our French Nail Tip Guides can really help with this if you’re still working on 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 undoubtedly a favourite for 2022 and we can see why, it’s cute, playful, and beams Christmas joy. 

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 United Kingdom on model

These show-stopping french tips will have you jingling all the way through Christmas. Perfect for all the festive season parties, you will sparkle even brighter than the office tinsel. For this set we are using our Metallic Nail Foils in order to get the utmost shine, but first create your nude base and apply a coat of Fine Glitter for that Christmas 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 numerous times until you get a full coverage on the nails. We’ve chosen an icy-festive silver, but this gel manicure would look incredible with all types of metallic colours year round. Finish this brilliant 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 United Kingdom on model

Let your nails celebrate with you this holiday season. Complete with a festive red Gel Nail Polish and shining stars, this gel manicure gives a nod to the jolliness of the Christmas season. If you’re ready to dazzle the crowds, start by filing your nails into an almond shape and continue with your routine nail prep. For the festive red base, paint your nails with Red Sass, a bold red-hue that is truly synonymous with Christmastime. If you're nervous to design 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 shimmer, take your Dotting Tool with Just White and paint dots around the stars. Voila! A beautiful Christmas-inspired gel manicure that is bound to lift the 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 United Kingdom on model

Even a Grinch could love these subtle, festive swirls. Using classy holiday colours, these nails spread the festive joy in a low-key way and won't look out of place on December 26. Start by creating a nude base with our Pink Rubber Base Coat, Pink Builder Gel and French Kiss Gel Nail Polish. To make 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. While a more understated look than common 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 the party started. Dance the night away with your loved ones this Christmas knowing you have a gorgeous manicure to match.

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 United Kingdom on model

You’ll be under the mistletoe in no time with this charming gel manicure. Classy yet fun, this set mixes traditional Christmas colours with captivating glitters and shimmers to really bring the Christmas magic to life. See the magic for yourself by first painting Poison Apple, Paint the Town Red and Fine Glitter across your chosen fingers. To create the mistletoe accent 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 Christmas. 

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 United Kingdom on model

If you’re searching for a more classic and traditional festive gel manicure, you’ve just found your match. With a merry red Gel Nail Polish, glittering silver and delicate snowflake nail art, this set brings a Christmas winter wonderland to life. Create this stunning set with Paint the Town Red, Dance the Night Away, and our Snowflake Stickers. Our Nail Art Stickers are so easy to use, simply peel off your favourite and apply to your nail by rubbing it on gently. This gel manicure perfectly pairs with a cozy night in by the fire, a cheesy Christmas movie and a big mug of hot cocoa. 

Now you have the inspiration, what will you be creating this Christmas? Get in the spirit and spread festive cheer in style with a fresh gel manicure for the holidays. 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 family fun. ‘Tis the season!

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