The 12 Nail Designs of Christmas (and Winter)!

Christmas and the winter season are associated with a lot of things–cold weather, snow, family, gift-giving, etc–that are great themes for nail designs. Nail art becomes more common, as people tend to have more fun with their nails than during other times of the year. In fact, we recently highlighted three different manicures perfect for the winter holiday season.

Below are pics of 12 more fun winter-themed nail designs that we’ve seen: which is your favorite?

1. Snowflakes on beautiful blue nail polish
Snowflake nails and blue background
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Three Holiday Nail Designs for the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner Nail Artist

Nail Design for a Winter Holiday Manicure

With the winter holidays upon us, it’s time for many nail enthusiasts to decorate their nails festive designs. Some nail art can be very simple, while other examples can be intricate and require a lot of experience. Allure.com has a guide to holiday nail designs that is great for anyone, as there are three manicures, one each for people with advanced, intermediate, and beginner skill levels.

The advanced nail design is called the “Full-On Mrs. Claus”, and it features snowflakes, a snowman, and a Christmas tree. The medium skill level manicure is referred to as “Wrapping Paper Nails”, and it will make your nails look like gifts that are ready to be opened. The final design, which is for beginners, is two-toned and called “Elegantly Festive”. It is a stylish look featuring a rich burgundy like Visions of Love in the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Reds collection, along with a silver glitter.

With these three options, everyone can wear a festive nail design for the holiday season. Discover the manicure that is right for you!

How to Stop Cracked Nails and 10 Other Common Fingernail Problems

Nail Treatment for Cracking and Splitting

Everybody loves a new manicure, but if you crack your nail or have issues with your cuticles, the look of your new polish or nail art can go from impressive to icky in no time flat. Here is a slideshow with 11 common manicure problems and suggested solutions for each one. Keep in mind that this certainly is not medical advice, and a doctor or other professional should be consulted to examine serious symptoms.

The problems addressed and their recommended solutions are:

  1. dry fingernails and cuticles: cuticle oil like CND Solar Oil
  2. rough cuticles: cuticle eliminator
  3. hangnails: moisturizer (and fingernail clippers)
  4. ridges on the nails: ridge-filling base coat
  5. yellowing nails: nail brightener
  6. peeling nails: Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II with protein
  7. nails that crack or split easily: Nailtiques Nail Protein
  8. nails that won’t grow: nail “fertilizer” with herbs and minerals
  9. post-manicure smudging: fast-drying top coat
  10. thickened polish: OPI Nail Lacquer Thinner
  11. dark spots on your skin: dark spot correcting or brightening hand cream

A lot of these problems are so frustrating! And yet they are very common. Take a look at our Nail Treatments center for more solutions to everyday nail problems.

The Temptation of Texture, a Tantalizing Trend

OPI Bond Girls CollectionWhat’s the hottest look in nails right now? Think it’s appliques, fine art or the ombre look? Perhaps you could make a case for one of these, but there is another contender. It’s textured, and we’re not talking faux here. Several companies have come out with nail polish that actually give your nails some real, touch, and feel texture. In fact, OPI has an entire collection dedicated to its textured formula known as Liquid Sand: the Bond Girls Collection.

Here are some other alternatives for texture on your nails, courtesy of The Fashion Spot’s rundown on textured manicures:

Soft to the Touch: These new nail color products go beyond simple rhinestones or jewels. The texture is actually worked into the nail polish itself. If you want your nails to glitter like all that’s gold or if you want a truly luxe fuzzy look (think deep hued and soft) then, check out Ciate’s new products. The company sells manicure kits that will make your nails sparkle with miniature rhinestones or feel soft to the touch with a fuzzy like velvet finish. Also hot is the caviar look, so named because your nails are textured with minuscule little round bumps – much like the top of a sushi roll. Continue Reading

Manicures for Men? Nail Polish for Males is Entering the Mainstream

The New York Times recently ran a story with an interesting premise: men are beginning to use nail polish on both their hands and feet. The piece discusses a number of individuals with different backgrounds who paint their nails in different ways.

First, there is a federal government budget analyst who likes to get pedicures with his wife. The finishing touch on the pedicure is usually nail polish for his toes. He likes shades of green or orange, though of course he is able to hide his nails whenever he is wearing shoes.

Another man is a bar owner in New York who wears black fingernail polish virtually everyday. It is kind of a trademark for him, and he says that the feedback he gets is fairly positive when he is at work. Continue Reading