10 Holiday nail ideas that bring the season to your fingertips

Paintbox creative director Mabelyn Alva says, “Cold Spell is the perfect holiday nail look with a neutral base and silver French tip, complementing every holiday outfit and just the right amount of sparkle.” 

Cold Spell

This manicure with Deco Miami ornament stickers ($10) is full of Christmas jewel tones.


OPI paints were used to create Zoe Saldana's winter 2024 InStyle cover's molten lava manicure look by Julie Kandalec.

Molten Lava 

A deep blue dominates this Hanukkah nail style. The middle of some nails is marbled with white, blue, and silver, while others are solid blue.

Marble Stream 

It uses the underside of the nails with gel-X tips and peppermints.

Peek-a-Boo Candy 

With a super clean base, these Deco Miami Nail Stickers ($10) really shine. They feature cardinals, gingerbread people, candy canes, and more. 

Clear Base 

This dusty blue look has solid, glittered, and glittery manicure tips.

Holiday Blues 

Smith says she used Malaga Wine ($12), Baby Take A Vow ($12), and gold flakes for a cozy winter look.

Malaga Wine 

A jeweled cross and tiny gems decorate red tips for the holidays. On a long nail, you can notice the nail color and cross's intricate design.

Red Cross 

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