5 Holiday Inspired At-Home Manicures to Try This Season

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holiday manicures

I’m so grateful my best friend introduced me to the relaxing bliss of a mani-pedi back in college; an hour of me-time cut off from the rest of the world to chat, read a magazine, or watch whatever happened to be on the salon TV.

But I haven’t been to the salon as much this year, so I decided to pour over new nail styles to see what I could recreate in my own home. I don’t have any fancy tools for my at-home manis and pedis, so I checked to see what I could substitute (bobby pins can help make great polka dots!), and what new tool I might want to invest in. Here are five of my favorite holiday looks and some of the tools for doing it at home.


1. Nail Color Combos

This is the easiest look of all because it’s not about design, it’s just about the colors. You can mix and match complementary or contrasting colors however you like, giving you infinite combinations. Plus, investing in a handy tool like The Poppy below can make sure both your hands look fab!

holiday manicure ideas

Source: @opi

holiday nails
Ulta | OPI

Wine Nail Lacquer Mini 4-Pack

For a set of gorgeous deep red nails, look no further than this wine color combo. Mix and match these colors all throughout December.

holiday nails
Target | Olive & June

Mini Mani Set

We love Olive & June's gorgeous polish colors, and this holiday set even comes with fun stickers to spice up your mani.

essie holiday nail polish set
Target | Essie

Limited Edition Holiday Minis Nail Polish Gift Set

Mix and match sparkling polish with saturated reds with this holiday kit.

Target | Olive & June

The Poppy Manicure Tool

Invented to make at-home manicures easier, the Poppy tool from Olive & June pops right onto the handle of any polish for smooth, mess-free nails.


2. Gold Accents

A quick and easy way to make your hands look holiday-ready is gold. This look is achieved with strips (you can use vinyl) and dots (you can use a bobby pin to make the small dots).

holiday manicures

Source: @essie

La Pierre

Good vs Gold

Inspired by beauty and boldness, this golden color of nail polish is super festive and saturated.

Walmart | OPI

This Gold Sleighs Me

We're obsessed with this bedazzling gold color of polish from OPI, which is perfect for any holiday party or winter occasion.


3. Glitter Ombre

This feels like it appeals to my clumsiness as a nail tech. It’s a beautiful and simple look to achieve.

Amazon | Smith and Cult


This ultra-adherent topcoat looks amazing by itself or layered on top of a red, green, white or blue manicure for extra holiday cheer.

People of Color


This gorgeous gold color represents the meaning of the name of the Taíno chief Anacoana, "Golden Flower." It is perfect for wearing alone or over other colors.

Ulta | Essie

A Cut Above

For a pop of pink in your holiday manicure, look no further than this glittery polish from Essie.


4. Festive Stickers

When in doubt about my artistic ability (which is usually), I turn to stickers. They’re easy to apply, relatively cheap, and really dress up your look.


Snowflake Nail Stickers

Take your festive manicure to the next level with these stick-on snowflakes, which can be layered on gel, shellac or acrylic polish.

Target | Olive & June

Shimmery Stars Nail Art Stickers

For a more subtle sticker, these little stars from Olive & June are absolutely perfect. These are great for the holiday season and beyond.


Christmas Nail Art Kit

This nail art kit comes with more than just stickers; it also includes a nail art brush for creating your own festive designs.


5. Green and Gold

My favorite color combo in the world (and also my wedding colors) is gold and green. And this year’s new green hues are so appropriately festive. Whatever pattern is within your capabilities, it will look gorgeous!

holiday manicures

Source: @paintbox

Target | Essie

Off Tropic

This deep, tropical green color is sure to have you obsessed this holiday season. Pair it with a red nail for a classic Christmas mani.

Lights Laquer

Hoping to Be Kissed

Glitter and green? Yes, please. Layer on this hunter green color with gold and silver sparkles for a long-lasting holiday look.



Matte nail polish is a fun way to mix up your manicure, and this highly pigmented emerald green shade is beautiful.

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