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10 Winter Nail Trends to Spread Holiday Cheer – Nail Design

If your clients haven’t yet transitioned from their colorful fall nail designs to festive winter ones, get ready because now that we’ve finished our Thanksgiving leftovers, the wave is coming. With every season comes the opportunity to create some fun and beautiful nail art, but between the holiday parties and the themes of ice and snow, your clients can really glam it up in the winter. Check out these 10 winter nail trends to get your creative juices flowing, and pick up some of the latest holiday polish collections of 2022 to get started.

10 Classic Winter Nail Trends

  1. Delicate Snowflakes


Everyone knows that no two snowflakes are alike, so this is your chance to give your client a completely custom design if you opt for hand painting with a liner brush. If not, you can encapsulate snowflake decals between layers of clear gel or use a winter-themed stamping plate to get a perfectly delicate snowflake design.

  1. Cozy Sweater


One of the most popular nail trends over the past few years, the sweater nail is perfect for the holiday season. Creating a sweater nail involves painting a simple cable knit pattern in gel, sprinkling some clear acrylic powder over top, and then curing the design. You’ll get a satisfying matte finish that looks like a warm, soft sweater.

  1. Candy Cane


These nails will make you crave the classic holiday treat. Try not to eat them! Hot tip: rub some red chrome powder into the red stripes of your design for some extra shine. Also, try them in green!

  1. Seasonal Characters


If you’re a tech who loves creating hand painted nail art, try some cute, classic, cold weather character designs. Penguins, snowmen and polar bears are always winners—especially if you give them an adorable hat or scarf.

  1. Intricate Ornaments


This design idea comes with a host of possibilities. Try hand painting ornaments onto the nails with any shape and design, and they’ll come out looking perfectly festive. Be sure to use some glitter or add some texture to make them really pop.

  1. Glittering Jewel Tones


There’s no color that screams holidays louder than a red glitter. But when it comes to glitter, you’re not limited to just red. Any other jewel tone can be just as effective, such as a deep royal blue or an emerald green. For clients who want to move away from holiday themes, a frosty light blue glitter can mimic sparkling snow.

  1. Pop of Gold


Gold is another classic color of the holidays, and whether worn alone or with jewel tones in a design, you can’t really go wrong. In this French design, the streaks of gold glitter polish bring icicles to mind.

  1. Gift Wrapped


All you need is a liner brush to complete this cute, simple bow design, and your client’s nails will look like tiny presents. Spice it up by trying it in a variety of colors.

  1. Little Rudolph


With just a few details like a shiny red nose and antlers, this adorable design is easily recognizable as the lovable Rudolph with minimal effort. It couldn’t be easier for your clients to display their holiday cheer.

  1. Sparkling Silver


Last but not least, adding a touch of silver to your winter nail design is one of the most classic ways to glam it up for the holiday season. Silver instantly brings to mind glittering snow, so you can really use it in whatever way you see fit for a winter nail.

Holiday 2022 Nail Polish Collections

In order to create the best winter nail looks, you need the most current colors of the season. Thankfully, you don’t have to look too far thanks to these new seasonal launches from top nail brands.

  1. Gelish & Morgan Taylor I Wanna Dance Collection


Gelish & Morgan Taylor's I Wanna Dance shade "Belt It Out" 
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Gelish & Morgan Taylor’s I Wanna Dance shade “Belt It Out”


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Gelish & Morgan Taylor's Holiday 2022 Collection, I Wanna Dance 
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Gelish & Morgan Taylor’s Holiday 2022 Collection, I Wanna Dance


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Inspired by the late, great Whitney Houston, this collection is Nail Alliance’s tribute to the legend herself in collaboration with the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

  1. OPI Jewel Be Bold Collection


OPI's Holiday 2022 Collection, Jewel Be Bold 
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OPI’s Holiday 2022 Collection, Jewel Be Bold


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OPI’s Holiday 2022 Collection is especially for those who want to look and feel glamorous. The jewel tones in this collection feature shimmer and glitter finishes, and with 15 colors, there’s something for everyone.

  1. ORLY Futurism Collection


ORLY's Holiday 2022 Collection, Futurism 
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ORLY’s Holiday 2022 Collection, Futurism


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This collection of polishes has a steel-finish for ultimate shine on the nail. The cold metal look evokes both winter and the future, so if your client wants to be ice-cold, this is a great set of revenge colors!

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