40 Gorgeous Winter Nail Designs to Brighten Up the Season

Pretty patterns and colors for short nails, long nails and everything in between.

It’s time to rethink your winter manicure. While classic Christmas nail art is always an option, you don’t have to stick to red and green to feel festive; there are new, more neutral ways to celebrate the holiday season. That’s why we went on a mission to find the winter neutrals, glitter and even animal print designs that are perfect to wear from November to February (and even before and after that!). These creative winter nail designs are versatile, on-trend, and bound to be all over your Instagram in the coming months.

This year, variations of metallics, reds and nudes will reign. From barely-there beiges to chrome accents, you can try any of these options for your next mani. The best part? You can do many of them in gel, dip powder, shellac, acrylic or classic polish. Thanks to bloggers, professional nail artists and nail salons, we know all of the trends for the winter season. Complete with designs that you can easily copy in the comfort of your home, these examples should inspire you to design fun and affordable looks everyone will love. Your holiday outfit game will only get better with a little extra sparkle or a modern twist on the classic French manicure. Take a look at our favorite selections below.