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Your 2022 guide to Christmas nails

The nail trends you need to know this festive season

Google trends state that searches for ‘Santa hat nail art’ have risen over 5000% in the last seven days, ‘bow nail art’ by 550% and ‘Christmas bauble nail art’ by 350%. It’s clearly time to face the yearly dilemma of what to get for your festive nail sets. While there is no right or wrong when it comes to your nails, we’re here to tell you what’s expected to be a hit this season.

Danielle Qaushi, owner of Queen Qaushi salon, says: “I expect that glitters and sparkles will be popular this Christmas, as you can see from fashion on the high street at the moment that it’s very glitz and glam.”

Pink glittery long square nails with cartoon style gingerbread man, christmas tree, christmas pudding, candy cane and brussel sprout nail art.

Mix and match glittery Christmas motif nails.

Qaushi goes on to say that classics such as deep greens, rich reds and nudes with gold designs will still be popular. However, she also expects to see brown as a trendy shade this season, based on the current love of leopard print and tonal shades in fashion.

Alice McColm(known as Alice McNails to her 56k Instagram followers) believes you can’t go wrong with a classic red. McColm says: “Nothing says festive like red nails. I predict 70% of my clients will opt for some form of red on their nails this season, it’s the Christmas crowd favourite.”

Mix and match nail art featuring candy can striped little fingernail, red chrome ring fingernail with white snowflake, nude brown middle fingernail with small gingerbread man, present and candycane, and matte red first fingernail

Mix and match nails in classic red shades.

As for something less traditional, Qaushi says an unexpected trend will be cartoon or pop art nails. The rising trend can easily be adapted to suit your Christmas wishes.

McColm says that every year snowflakes, hollies, candy canes and classic Christmas motifs are set to come back, but this year it will be with a 2022 twist of 3D detailing. She explains ‘sugaring’ (applying acrylic powder or loose glitter to wet gel polish) is a “chic nod to Christmas”, adding texture and creating a snowy look to a simple mani.

2 hands with almond nail extensions that have tips resembling snow tipped mountains, with silver outlining the white wavy tips

‘Sugaring’ in action.

As for McColm’s predictions, she says: “3D snow globe nails, baubles, and the cat eye trend are all going to be popular. We’ll be seeing more 3D elements everywhere.”

Gingerbread house themed nails with 3D white details, and mickey mouse gingerbread men

Mix and match gingerbread nails incorporating 3D elements.

Qaushi also believes 3D details will be on trend this season, and says she would love to do more nail art this Christmas. So, if you haven’t already get your nail appointment booked in for some unconventional festive designs.

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