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10 Unique Winter Nail Designs to Inspire Your Next Manicure

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Winter can be a drag. A lack of sunshine, frigid temps and all that ugly slush — you have to really appreciate the pockets of joy when they come. We think that’s as a good a reason as any to get your nails done with a design that makes your heart happy.

This season’s hottest nail trends encourages you to set the rules aside and do whatever it takes to break up the monotony of winter. From fun decals to colourful twists on the classics, here are 10 designs to show your nail tech, or to try at home if you’re feeling ambitious.

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Winter nail trends: be a kid again with doodle designs

Take yourself back to those drawings you did in your grade school notebooks — you’ll need it to inspire your doodle manicure. The fun part is deciding what you want on each nail, and you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. The more random, quirky and whimsical the designs, the better the finished manicure will look.

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Winter nail trends: let it snow with some glitter

Channel the icy weather with some sparkly glitter this season. Adding some sparkle makes for the perfect set for the holidays without being too literal. Nail the look by painting it all over, or take it to the next level with a glassy ombre.

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Winter nail trends: get cozy with hot cocoa nails

Brown continues to be the hue of the year, giving us cozy vibes no matter the season. There are so many ways to play with brown, whether it’s with a French tip, multi-tones or abstract designs, but you’ll know you got it right when your nails look like they’ve been dipped in a steaming cup of hot cocoa.

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Winter nail trends: go back to basics with the classic French tip

The classic French tip is a mark of the early 2000s, made popular on the hands of Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson, among other stars. They may have gone out of style for a time, but the French mani is back with a rebirth that encourages creativity. In 2021, there’s no need to stick with the white tip — choose any colour you like on any nail you choose.

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Winter nail trends: turn up the heat with red hot nails

Bring in the holidays with a bold cherry red that’ll remind you of everything good about the season — from candy canes to Santa’s red suit to Rudolph’s iconic nose. Though this hue is especially nice in the winter, it’s classic enough to wear all year round.

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Winter nail trends: go all out with a little bling bling

Nothing says winter like a little bit of bling. Taking cues from the icicles and snowflakes abound, adding a few rhinestones to your mani will make it instantly fancy. If you’re not afraid of doing the most, this nail idea might be for you.

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Winter nail trends: beat the winter blues with a rainbow French manicure

If the cold weather has you down, lift your spirits with a funky rainbow French set. If you’ve got a steady hand, you can even do it yourself — just find five bright shades and get to work on those funky half moons. Don’t forget the nude shade underneath to give it that extra polish you’d get at a salon.

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Winter nail trends: get artsy with abstract swirls

This design looks more difficult than it is. All you have to do is give your nail tech a few colours and free rein to make swirly art with your nails. The result is a magical mosaic that’s sure to grab attention. There are no rules here, so if you’re feeling confident, you may be able to pull this off on your own.

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Winter nail trends: Feel the love with heart designs

Valentine’s Day isn’t that far away, so you might want to plan a heart-inspired nail set for when February comes around. Tap into this year’s hottest trends by playing with negative space or even sage green. You can always keep it cute with trusty reds and pinks that you can’t go wrong with.

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Winter nail trends: add a bit of edge with snake print tips

We can’t get enough of the French tip’s versatility — this edgy snake print proves how far the classic style can go. Unleash your inner Rihanna by dressing up the set with some rings and bracelets, a combination sure to hypnotize.

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