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Trending Christmas Nail Designs, Colours & Polishes for 2023

Written by: Ellie Simmons



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We've scoured social media and the internet to bring you a rundown of the top Christmas nail designs and colours for 2023 so that your mani sleighs this holiday season.

Perhaps you're planning your Christmas nail art ideas ahead, or maybe you're ready to start embracing the festive spirit early. Either way, we've got you covered with all the latest trends, designs and colours that are set to be huge for Christmas 2023.

This year, it's all about versatile, untraditional nail colours that we can wear beyond the festive season. Classic reds, greens, and golds will, of course, still be popular, but the standout colours for 2023 will have a bit of a twist.

Our Top Christmas Nail Colours

Top Christmas Nail Colours for 2023:

  • Jewel-toned gel polish – emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue
  • Darker gel polish – deep purple, navy blue, dark burgundy
  • Monochrome gel polish – black, white and off-white
  • Holographic & reflective gel polish

Jewel Gel Polish Colours

Jewel-toned gel polishes are definitely at the top of the list for Christmas 2023. Think emerald green, deep sapphire blue and ruby red polish. These polish colours are still in keeping with the traditional Christmas colour palette but with a more chic and sophisticated twist.

Our Trapeze Artist Gel Polish is the perfect emerald green for the season. The rich green polish is scattered with glitter that gives off a subtle shimmer, perfect for adding a bit of Christmas magic to your mani.

Darker Gel Polish Colours

We're expecting the bright, whimsical colours of Christmas past to take a back seat in 2023, with darker, deeper tones being the thing on everyone's wishlist.

Daring and bold shades will add a touch of drama to your mani, while still embodying the essence of the holidays. Dark purples, navy blues, blacks and deep burgundy reds will all be making an appearance.

Our Kissing Booth shade is a deep purple polish that we're expecting to be a winner for Christmas 2023. The dark berry tone is perfect for adding a bit of edge to your festive nails. You'll find this gel nail polish as part of our The Fairground Gel Polish Quad, which also features 3 other magical winter shades.

Monochrome Gel Polish Colours

Black and white gel polishes are a favourite at any point in the year. These monochromatic shades can be worn alone for a beautifully simple mani or used to create different Christmas nail art designs.

Our Merry-Go-Round Gel Polish is a silky off-white shade with a slight purple undertone – it adds a little something extra to typical white Christmas nails.

For your black gel polish fix, our Tarot Reader Gel Polish is the perfect choice – it's a holographic glitter black polish that will give your nails a touch of Christmas sparkle. (You'll find these shades as part of our Fairground Gel Polish Quad, too).

Holographic & Reflective Gel Polishes

It certainly wouldn't be Christmas without glitter nail polish, and they're sticking around for this year, too.

But reflective shades and holographic glitter are what's making their way onto our nails for 2023. This trend adds a touch of multidimensional sparkle to your mani that's a bit more untraditional than classic glitter shades.

In our The Winter Carnival Collection, we have 2 stunning reflective gel polishes that are true Christmas gel mani essentials – known as our Spotlight Gels. Our Gatsby and Singin' In The Rain shades are holographic gold and silver and will add a dazzling touch to your nails.

Christmas Gel Nail Designs to Recreate At Home

As well as the insider knowledge on what colours will be hot this Christmas, we've also got some Christmas nail design inspiration for you to try at home.

From simple designs to more intricate nail art, our team has pulled together their favourite Christmas nail ideas so far so you can start perfecting them before the holiday season arrives.

And to help you out, we've listed our recommended gel polish colours and tools to help you achieve each look.

Christmas Nail Designs for 2023:

  • Galaxy French Tips
  • Vampy Red Mani
  • Turquoise Glitter Nails
  • Sweater Nail Art
  • Silver French Tips
  • Bauble Nail Art
  • Pink Tartan Nails

Galaxy French Tip Nails

If you prefer your Christmas nails to be more subtle, these galaxy French tips will be perfect for you. They combine a traditional French mani with nail art stars and moons that reflect a winter night's sky.

They definitely don't scream Christmas, but are a great way to add a little bit of festive magic to your nails.

Products needed to recreate this look:  Base Coat Gel Polish, Miles High Gel Polish, Break The Ice Gel Polish, Get It On Gel Polish, Stamp It Out Stamper & No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish

Vampy Red Mani

Staying on trend with our Christmas nail colours for 2023, this vampy mani is a gorgeous way to step away from traditional reds. The deep red and black gel polish creates an edgy look, while the twinkling nail art stars add a touch of festive flair.

Products needed to recreate this look: Créme CaraGel in shades Witching HourBreak the IceCherry

Turquoise Glitter Nails

The turquoise shade of these nails is a perfect combo of traditional Christmas blue and our predicted jewel-toned colours. The silver Christmas tree nail art is super simple, but adds a festive touch to the look.

Products needed to recreate this look: Bauble Gel PolishCushion Powder Pen in SilverAll That Glitters Stellar

Sweater Nail Art

@myleebeautyofficial Back like she never left……👀 We’re talking about sweater nails of course💅 If you’re looking to nail the perfect mani for AW this one’s for you 👆 @tentinypaintings using 3D Nail Art Kit #mylee #nails #gelnails #newlaunch #3Dnails #sweaternails #autumnnails #nailinspo #winternails ♬ as it was x summer by altegomusic - ALTÉGO

We're really loving 3D nail designs, and this winter-inspired mani makes us feel all warm and cosy inside. Our brand ambassador Jess Nash has cleverly used our 3D Nail Art Kit to create these sweater-inspired nails – and they're so easy!

Products needed to recreate this look: 3D Nail Art Kit

Silver French Tip Nails

For something a little more subtle but still full of festive spirit, this set of silver French tips ticks all the boxes. The gunmetal grey shade and shimmery silver glitter are the perfect combination for a classy, understated Christmas look.

Products needed to recreate this look: Shutup And Drive Gel Polish & No Wipe Base & Top Coat Gel Polish Duo

Bauble Nail Art

These bauble and snowflake tips will get you into the true Christmas spirit. The combination of green and gold glitter is festive and fun but still subtle for wearing throughout the whole of December.

Products needed to recreate this look: Break The Ice Gel Polish, Green Velvet Gel Polish, Goldy Locks Gel Polish 

Pink Tartan Nail Design

These pink tartan nails combine classic Christmas nail art with a modern twist. The pink and silver colour combo is so pretty – you won't want to take them off!

Products needed to recreate this look: Kiss The Season Gel Polish, Below Zero Gel Polish, Once In A Blue Moon Gel Polish & No Wipe Base & Top Coat Gel Polish

Sleigh Your Christmas Nails With Mylee

Each year, we’re excited to see what Christmas nail designs and colours are going to be trending and putting our own spin on them. And we know that this year is set to be no different. With our new and exclusive seasonal releases and our beautiful nail design ideas, your nails will slay this Christmas.

Shop our entire 2023 Christmas collection, which includes our latest gel polish colours, bundles and kits to stay on-trend for the holidays.


What will be the main nail trend for December 2023?

We’re expecting to see subtle Christmas nail designs being more popular this year as opposed to traditional colours and designs. Christmas nail art, like festive French tips, reflective and metallic gels and generally darker gel polish colours, will be big.

What is your most popular Christmas gel polish?

Our new The Winter Carnival Collection is flying off the shelves this Christmas. It features 12 Christmas gel polish goodies, including jewel-toned and reflective gel polishes, which are the nail colours of the season, nail tools and nail art supplies. It’s a Christmas mani must-have.

How should I do my nails for Christmas?

Christmas is one of the best times to experiment with your nails. You can keep it classy and subtle with a French manicure, glitter polishes and chrome nails – which we’re expecting to be popular choices this year. Or, if you enjoy playing around with your nail art, have some fun with creating Christmas trees, snowflakes or bauble designs on a few nails.

When should I get my nails done for Christmas?

The best thing about doing your own nails at home is you don’t have to schedule in an appointment at a salon – you can do them whenever it suits you. Our gel polishes last up to 3 weeks of wear, so if you want your mani to last for the festivities, make sure you do your nails within the 3 weeks leading up to Christmas day.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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