Last-Minute Christmas French Nails to Recreate At Home
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If you've left your holiday nail prep to the last minute, or you can't squeeze in a trip to the salon before Christmas day, fear not! We've pulled together some easy and festive French nail designs you can recreate at home.
As well as being a classic and timeless look, French manis can be easily customised to suit any occasion, including Christmas. We've incorporated this year's trending Christmas nail colours and more traditional festive elements to create a series of Christmas-ready French manis using our gel nail goodies.
Plus, we've thrown in a few French mani hacks and tips to make sure your nails look truly salon-perfect and last through all your holiday festivities.
Quick & Easy Christmas French Tip Nail Idea
We're starting off our Christmas French mani guide with a little lookbook of simple and quick designs that you can recreate last minute. The products used for each look have been listed, so you can easily add them to your basket and have them delivered just in time for Christmas.
Let's get into it!
Metallic Silver French Tips
We love this metallic silver French tip for a lowkey Christmas mani. The gunmetal base colour lends a modern twist, while the silver glitter adds a subtle festive touch.
|Products used: 5-in-1 Builder Gel in Clear, Shut Up & Drive Gel Polish, Base Coat Gel Polish & No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Red & Gold French Tips
Red and gold is a traditional Christmas nail colour combo, and we've added a chic spin to it with this French tip design.
The scarlet red tips and gold foil accents create a luxe and elegant-looking mani that looks like it's been done by a pro.
|Products used: Fix 'N' Flash Tips – Long Almond, Red Flags Gel Polish, Gold Nail Foil, Base Coat Gel Polish & No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Classic French Manicure
Simple isn't always boring, especially when it comes to French tips. This classic micro French mani is pretty and understated, and it's a failsafe option for any Christmas gathering. Plus, it's super easy to recreate at home!
|Products used: Stamp It Out Nail Stamper, Break The Ice Gel Polish, 5-in-1 Builder Gel in Peach, Base Coat Gel Polish & No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Green Glitter French Tips
If you want to embrace the holiday spirit but don't want to be cheesy with your Christmas nail design, these glitter French tips are for you. We've combined a French tip with snowflake nail art on a few nails for a subtle but festive look.
|Products used: Trapeze Artist Gel Polish, Break The Ice Gel Polish, Dotting Tool, Nail Art Brush, Stamp It Out Nail Stamper, Base Coat Gel Polish & No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Iridescent French Mani
The iridescent shine on these nude nails adds a touch of magic to your mani. While it certainly might look simple, it gives off a festive and ethereal vibe that’s perfect for any Christmas party.
|Products used: 5-in-1 Builder Gel in Blush, Break The Ice Gel Polish & Iridescent No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Pink Glitter French Tips
This mani is a little less traditional with the colours, but it's no less festive! The pink glitter tips and accent nails add a playful touch to your mani – perfect for those who want a fun holiday look.
|Products used: 5-in-1 Builder Gel in Light Pink, Requiem For Pink Gel Polish, All That Glitters Ambitious, No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish|
Tips & Hacks for Creating Quick French Christmas Nails
Now that you've got the inspo, we've got some handy French mani hacks that'll help you cut down on the faff. We've tried and tested them – and they've worked wonders, so we're sharing them with you!
Tip 1) Use a Silicone Nail Stamper
@myleebeautyofficial Want the perfect tips, without the fuss of painting? 👇 Stamp It Out is a nifty little tool – just paint a layer of your chosen gel polish on top of its bouncy silicone cushion, then place your nail into the stamper at a 45 degree angle and slowly push for a flawless tip every time 💅 It even comes with a spare cushion for all your mani needs in the far-off future. Très chic!🤩 #mylee #nails #gel #gelpolish #gelnails #naillook #frenchmani #frenchtips #frenchnails #frenchnaillook #nailhacks #easynails #quicknailart #classicnails #stampingtool #nailstamper #nudenails ♬ original sound - Myleebeauty
The trickiest part of a French mani is nailing the perfect tip. If you don't have the steadiest of hands, your French tip can end up looking uneven. And if you apply too much gel polish, it can end up looking thick and lumpy.
Our Stamp it Out silicone nail stamper is the perfect tool to help you get that crisp and clean French tip line without needing to be a gel nail pro. Simply apply the polish and push the tip of your nail into the silicone cushion.
You can create all types of French tips, including micro, curved, classic and asymmetrical tips, by applying different amounts of pressure and using different angles when pushing your nail into the cushion.
You'll save yourself a whole lot of time trying to perfect the design, and the result will always be consistent.
Tip 2) Use a Fine Nail Art Brush
Using the built-in nail brush of your polish bottle isn't always the best option when creating a French mani, as it can be a bit too bulky for those thin lines you're trying to create.
Instead, use a fine nail art brush to dip into the gel polish and draw on the French tip. That way, you'll spend less time trying to fix any mistakes you might make with the normal gel bottle brush, and you can get it spot-on first time.
We recommend using a 9mm brush for the most precise design.
Tip 3) Switch Out Your Normal Gel Polish for Our Créme CaraGels
Working with a thicker consistency gel polish will give you more control over your nail art, and we've created our Créme CaraGels exactly for these types of manis.
These solid gel polishes are thicker than our standard gel polishes, making them perfect for creating bold Christmas French tips and other nail art designs. You can apply them by picking up the product on a nail art brush and painting directly onto a cured coat of polish.
Less mess, less fuss and less time spent achieving that perfect French mani.
Create Festive French Manis With Mylee
Get into the swing of the festivities by recreating these easy Christmas French nails! Take inspiration from the looks above and use our French tip hacks to perfect your mani with little effort involved.
If you're after more Christmas nail ideas, make sure you follow our socials for all the latest looks or head on over to our blog for exclusive design ideas and tricks. Plus, don't forget to shop our full
Christmas collection, where you'll find limited gel polish shades and bundles for the holiday season.
Are French nails a popular choice for Christmas manis?
French nails are always a popular choice for Christmas. Because it's such a versatile nail design, it's easy to adapt to any look and time of year.
What gel polish colours work together the best for Christmas French nails?
Traditional red, green and white are always popular for Christmas and complement each other well. But this year, we're headed towards bolder and slightly more daring shades. Deep purples, greens and blues are set to be trending this Christmas, so you can incorporate these shades into your manis for a more modern look.
How do you do a simple French tip at home?
Our Stamp It Out silicone stamper is the simplest way to perfect an at-home French tip. Apply your chosen polish onto the stamper, ensuring the layer is evenly distributed. Push the tip of your nail into the stamper at a 45-degree angle, coating the nail tip with polish as you apply pressure. Gently remove from the stamper – and you're done!