Winter nail designs for 2021
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When winter arrives, you might feel the urge to decorate your space with garlands, lights, a menorah, or, if you’re Kylie Jenner, a 20 foot Christmas tree. And if you love nail art for a moment, the decor doesn’t stop there. Adorning your hands with winter nail designs can be a fun way to mark the start of the season.
Miniature snowflakes or mittens are obvious choices, but if you’re looking for a less literal interpretation of “winter nail designs,” you’ve come to the right place. These winter nail designs for 2021 are inspired by current nail art trends, but they feature shimmery and holographic finishes in the spirit of the season. You can pull them off at home with beginner to intermediate nail art skills. (Of course, there’s no shame in taking a screenshot to bring to the nail salon, either.) Without further ado, here’s how to make pretty nail designs for the winter at home. (Related: Winter Nail Colors That Will Get Every Compliment)
“I don’t normally do glitter, but the holidays are an exception,” says Brittney Boyce, a famous nail artist and founder of NAILS OF LA who has partnered with ORLY. “Instead of making the entire nail glitter, I like it when it has an ombre tip.”
Sigourney Nuñez, a Los Angeles-based nail artist who has partnered with OPI, loves holographic finishes for winter. (And for what it’s worth, she’s not the only one.) With this tri-layered nail design, in particular, Nuñez is going for a futuristic vibe. Feel free to use French manicure guide stickers such as the ORLY 1/2 Moon guides (Buy it, $ 5, orlybeauty.com) for this one if you don’t have a steady hand.
“For winter, I love the dark, still hues because they remind me of how quiet it gets on vacation at night,” Boyce explains. “While black gives a lot of advantage, you can soften it with navy blue or dark forest green undertones.”
This winter nail design is essentially the glittery ombre tip described earlier, but inside out. “This one is simple but fun and has a major party vibe,” says Nuñez. You can pull it off even if you are a beginner in nail art. (Related: Fall 2021 Nail Trends You’ll Want to Try Immediately)
“A classic French tip using a shimmering shade on an oval-shaped, short or medium-length nail is really gorgeous for the holidays,” Boyce says. “It lengthens your fingers while giving them a bit of texture. The easiest way to get the perfect French tip is to use a silicone nail pad. It works even on shorter nails.”
“Winter is a fun time to play around with shimmer and texture,” Boyce explains. “You can play up different types of metallic undertones for this look, from standard gold to rose gold to a bright orange bronze shade.” For a short cut, NAILS OF LA makes a nail wrap (Buy it, $ 16, nailsofla.com) with the same design.