Get inspired with these red and white Christmas nails that are festive and classy. Whether you’re new to nail art or feel like a pro, you can create these styles at home in just a few minutes!
Red & White Christmas Nails
I’m Cora, the beauty and skincare editor at Revivalist Magazine. In my expert opinion, expressing yourself through nail art is the perfect way to embrace your personality and the holiday season! Plus, a festive manicure is the perfect accessory to any holiday outfit.
Traditional Christmas colors include red, green and white (see white Christmas nails here), sometimes featuring silver and gold for fun accents. While you can’t go wrong with any of those color combinations, red and white designs are perfect for a classy look.
See my curated list of red and white Christmas nail picks below!
Red Gift Wrap & French Tips
I love the simplicity of these red and white Christmas nails with a milky white base and red french tips. The accent nail with the gift wrap bow is so dainty and simple, and the glitter feature is the cherry on top!
To achieve this look, start with a milky white coat then add the french tips in red. Go with a clear line under each tip and dip in gold glitter powder. Add with the bow accent detail then finish with a glossy top coat.
Red Chunky Glitter Nails
Chunky glitter makes a statement on these red and white Christmas nails and I love the two accent nails to break up all the red. The white accent nail has a finer glitter and the candy cane accent nail is the perfect ode to Christmas, in my opinion!
Little Santa Hat Nails
Who doesn’t love the tale of Santa Claus at Christmastime? These little Santa-inspired nails are cute yet subtle with the perfect touch of Christmas magic.
To achieve this look, go with a deep red glitter and create french tips with a small tail at the end. Then line the tips with white dots and place a dot at the tip of the tail. You’ll create the visual of little Santa hats that everyone will adore.
Alternate red and white polish on your nailbeds to create this Santa-inspired style that works throughout December. It’s a great minimalist look that sets the stage for statement rings or a patterned sweater.
Geometric Lines and Snowflakes
I love red glitter during the holidays!
Get this look by using nail tape to outline where you want your glittery red polish to create sharp edges. A thin-tipped brush will complete the look by drawing brilliant white snowflakes on your accent nails.
Mix and Match Christmas Details
In my opinion, the best nail art designs always feature more customizable options to match each person’s unique style.
Recreate this look with a red or white polish base on each nail. You could top them with various Christmas motifs that make you feel most celebratory, like stars, Christmas trees or wrapping paper designs.
Gift Wrap Nails
Transform your nails into a gift to yourself with this iconic look that is my favorite on the list. A shiny red base polish will dazzle everyone in your Instagram photos, especially with a glittering white bow painted onto your ring fingers.
You could even swap the white polish for a white bow sticker if you have a pair of thin tweezers to place it gently without creating air bubbles.
Candy Cane Nails
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without candy canes, am I right? They’re perfect as decorations, desserts and even nail art.
This style is ideal for minimalists who want to celebrate the holiday by turning their nails into their favorite Christmas treat.
To achieve this look, make a line down the center of the nail with chrome red polish and layer over diagonal white lines, then dip them in white glitter powder.
Sparkly Red w/ White Snowflakes
Invite the magic of Christmas into your style by alternating sparkly red polish with white snowflakes.
The fine glitter will make your nails look chic and elevated. I mean, it could be exactly what you need to match your nails to your favorite chunky-knit Christmas sweater!
Groovy Red and White Spots
The lava-lamp-inspired bubbles in this retro nail design are a clever nod to holidays past, and I’m all for it! The ‘60s and ‘70s were all about lounging with friends in a stylish living room conversation pit.
Evoke that feeling with this groovy design before your next Christmas party.
Silvery Snowflakes and Red Tips
Winter means embracing the soft snowflakes falling outside your window. They’re essential to any winter holiday vibe, especially on your nails.
To achieve this look, coat your nailbeds in matte red or clear polish, then follow with a sparkly white bottle for drawing snowflakes that catch the light.
Wine Red Sparkle Nails
People often decorate with bright red hues during Christmas, but that’s not your only color option. I love burdundy, maroon, and wine hues this time of year.
Select one of these dark red gel polishes for your next look. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly in a gel-firming machine. Draw fine-tipped snowflakes along your cuticles to complete this dazzling style.
Little Polka Dot Nails
I recommend this design for at-home beginner nail artists because it’s straightforward. To achieve the look, apply red gel polish to each finger, let it dry and top your ring fingers with tiny white polka dots to create a shimmery effect.
If you tire of nail art designs that take over the entire nailbed, this could be your next favorite style.
Create red and white Christmas nails that are festive and classy by using a thin-tipped brush to paint half-moon mints on your cuticles. How cute!
A clear top coat will seal them in place so they last through your seasonal plans.
Sparkly Santa Nails
Change your look by filing your nails into square tips with slightly rounded edges. They’re perfect for replicating Santa’s beard.
Recreate this design with bold, sparkly red and pearl-white polishes. The white and red will make Santa’s face on your ring fingers while the red coats your other nails and catches the light.
Mirrored Red Swoop Nails
I can confirm that minimalists can wear this Christmas nail design without compromising their style!
To achieve this look, apply nail tape to make swooping lines from the top corner of your nailbed to the opposite corner on the tip. A thin white line contrasting it makes a layered look that even looks great with an accent snowflake.
Snowflake and Stripe Nails
This red-and-white look makes your nails more festive with a white snowflake and sharp lines that evoke memories of bite-sized peppermints and wrapping paper. This design is absolutely perfect for a snowy Christmas season, in my opinion!
Christmas Design Nails
If you can’t decide on just one style of nail, go with them all. I love how this manicure features each nail with a red or white Christmas-inspired design like a sweater nail, candy cane nail, snowflake nail, and frosty icicles.
French Tips and a Christmas Tree
Anyone who loves decorating their Christmas tree will adore this look, in my opinion. It involves painting a red Christmas tree with white ornaments and garlands on your ring fingers.
Create white French tips on your remaining nails to complete the style.
Red Hues and White Tips
Two colors contain many hues. Take advantage of the red boldness you want in your Christmas nail art by using a dark shade as your French tips.
White tips will complete the look on your ring fingers, especially with a red bow on your cuticles. Then, outline the bows with white stripes to make them subtle but still contain depth.
Christmas Sprinkle Border Nails
In my books, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without desserts. Show off your love for festive cookies by adding sprinkle borders to your nails.
This look is great for beginners because anyone can use Christmas colors to create polka-dot borders around their nails. Use a dotting tool to make them match in size and your nails will look like cookies in no time.
Snowflakes & Metallic Red Nails
Add a bit of couture to your style this December by painting a metallic red polish over your nails. They’ll recreate the look of torn cellophane wrapping paper if you gently scratch the dried edges to make a torn appearance.
Top each fingernail with a delicate white snowflake to wear dazzling nail art to your next Christmas party.
Christmas Sweater Pattern Nails
There’s nothing better than wearing your favorite cozy sweaters during the holidays. So why not celebrate your collection of seasonal knits with your next nail style?
Wear a festive Christmas pattern on your fingernails with classic geometric patterns and symbols like hearts, reindeer and snowflakes. Use this picture as inspiration when you’re ready to sit down and make detailed art on your nails.
Minimalist Red & White Stripe Nails
I adore this red and white stripe design! It is perfect if you want to feel festive in a more subtle way.
The simple color combination will match any seasonal outfit you wear. And because they don’t have glitter or Christmassy doodles, you can keep them after the holiday without looking unprofessional or outdated.
Red Glitter and White Almond Tips
Finally, add a little glitz and glamor to your holiday season with glittery almond-tipped nails. The curving red tips will look like you dipped your fingers into the Christmas spirit.
To achieve this look, shoose a dark red polish that sparkles and finish with thin white lines inside each stripe. The stunning effect makes any outfit a bit fancier while sticking with your holiday theme.
Feel Jolly With Red and White Christmas Nails
I hope you have enjoyed my list of stunning red and white Christmas nail designs. I truly think you can show off your festive spirit this year with the perfect manicure.
It’s no secret that red and white are perfect for holiday nails that look chic and stylish. For more nail inspiration follow the links below and visit me over at Revivalist!