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21 Holiday Nail Art Ideas to Rock in 2021

It’s that time of the year again! The millions of holiday parties are coming and it’s time to prep (and we don’t just mean the food)! With 2021 being yet another crazy year, everyone is ready to celebrate with friends and family. That means dusting off your hair styling tools, breaking out the make-up palettes, and making a trip to your nail artist!

Although it can feel like nail art trends are changing by the minute, here’s a few fab designs to inspire and channel your holiday spirit! Whether you love long acrylic nails dressed to the nines in bling or shorties with a simple, modern appeal, we’ve got designs for everyone.

Encapsulated Nails

We love a great encapsulated nail design! These particular looks feature fall leaves, gold glitter, snow flakes, and blue glitter to add some *pizzazz* to these sets.

3D Nail Art

For those that like their nail art to literally come to life- these 3D nail designs will have you feeling merry and bright this season!

Cable Knit Sweater

These sweater weather sets are a cozy mood! Created with gel polish and acrylic powder on top, these cable knit sweater designs will leave your nails on point.


An extremely popular nail trend that can fit any time of the year! Just select seasonal oriented colors such as mustard yellow, olive green, orange, and brown for fall and green, red, gold, and blue for winter.

Hand Painted

Looking for something a bit more detailed? Test out a hand-painted design such as these!


We took a cue from Clueless on these with an eclectic plaid design. Pair it with a little bling for something extra or solid colors for a more subtle look!


Although these nails are tedious to create, the end product is beautiful! Get creative with different phrases such as “gobble & wobble” and “ho, ho, ho”.

Gold Foil

There’s never a bad time for gold foil and we love how it adds a little something extra!


Major caramel macchiato vibes from this design. Fall oriented color scheme without it screaming “fall”!

This blue marbling adds a whimsical effect to this chilly nail design! Not a fan of the standard red and green colors? Mix it up with hues of blue, silver, gold, and white.

Tortoise Shell

Not feeling a “traditional” nail look for the holidays? No problem! Give these tortoise shell nails a go. This print is 🔥

Learn Nail Technology at AIB

Are you interested in learning how you can create all these trending nail designs and more? In our nail technology program, we teach students all the latest techniques for nail enhancement and design! Contact us and we’d be happy to help you get started.


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