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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 twinkling through the night, the stockings are hung up and the smell of gingerbread is filling the air. We are feeling all the warm fuzzies here at Gelous, but are most excited for the Christmas parties, delicious feasts and quality time spent with our nearest and dearest.

Whether you’re in full festive swing or more subdued in your holiday spirit, we have got the gel manicure inspo for you. Bound to dazzle everyone at your Christmas gatherings, we’ve got you covered with everything from traditional looks and colour schemes, to Santa art and candy cane tips. Keep reading to find the perfect 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 New Zealand on model

You can’t get much sweeter than candy cane french tips. Whilst subtle, this gel manicure is bound to lift your Christmas 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 subtle, sheer nude like French Kiss or Sweet Nothings will also work great. Over your base, be sure to add a coat of Fine Glitter for a 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. 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 New Zealand on model

Spread ultimate Christmas cheer with these totally adorable Santa Claus-inspired french tips. For this look we have paired festive red tips with a Santa hat feature nail to give your gel manicure the Christmas touch. Begin by creating your french tips using Poison Apple and your Thin Nail Art Brush. Our French Nail Tip Guides can be a big 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 a clear Christmas favourite for 2022 and we can see why, it’s cute, playful, 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 New Zealand on model

These show-stopping french tips will have you jingling all the way through the holiday season. Perfect for your Christmas parties, you will sparkle even brighter than the office tinsel. For this look we are using our Metallic Nail Foils to give you the ultimate shine, but first create your nude base and apply a coat of Fine Glitter for that festive twinkle. 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 in all types of metallic colours year round. Finish this radiant 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 New Zealand on model

In this season of celebration, let your nails celebrate with you. Complete with a festive red Gel Nail Polish and sparkling stars, this gel manicure gives a nod to the jolliness of the Christmas season. If you’re ready to dazzle the crowds, begin by filing your nails into an almond shape and proceed with your usual nail prep. For the festive red base, paint your nails with Red Sass, a bold red-hue that is truly synonymous with Christmas. If you feel intimidated 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 sparkle, 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 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 New Zealand on model

Even a Grinch could love these subtle, festive swirls. Using classy holiday hues, these nails spread the festive joy in a low-key fashion and won't look out of place come December 26. Start by 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 other 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 holiday season knowing you have a gorgeous 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 New Zealand on model

With this charming gel manicure you’ll be under the mistletoe in no time. Classy yet fun, this set mixes classic festive colours with glamorous glitters and shimmers to bring the Christmas magic. 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 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 Christmas inspired 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 New Zealand on model

If you’re looking for a more classic and traditional Christmas gel manicure, you’ve met your match. With a merry red Gel Nail Polish, dazzling silver and delicate snowflake nail art, this look brings Christmas winter wonderland to life. Create this darling set 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 the fire, a good 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 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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