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When temperatures start to drop and the sky gets dark earlier and earlier each day, it’s one of our favorite times of year to treat ourselves to a super cute manicure featuring designs for winter nails.
The best way to fend off the winter blues is to indulge in some serious self care, including doing your nails or getting your nails done!
We’ve rounded up 23 examples of our favorite winter nails inspo for this year’s winter season.
No matter whether you prefer a simple, minimalist, and neutral manicure, or whether you love an elaborate, blinged-out look, we’ve got the perfect manicure inspiration for you!
If you’re looking for the ultimate winter nails for 2024, just keep reading!
Here are 23 Frosty Winter Nails for When the Weather Gets Cold.
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Frosty Winter Nails
1. Simple Winter Nails
This vanilla chrome French manicure is the perfect simple, minimalist, and neutral nail look that still has a little bit of wintry flair.
In addition to the subtle shimmery effect of the vanilla chrome nail polish, two accent nails also feature tiny snowflake nail art, making these nails perfectly on theme for the winter season.
2. Pretty Nails for Winter
This ultra feminine manicure is the perfect nail inspo for the girl looking for pretty nails for winter.
They feature a combination of glittery white nail polish, snowflake nail art, and matte white sweater print French tips that give winter wonderland vibes.
For an extra touch of girly sweetness, the white sweater print French tips also have baby pink bows!
3. Winter Gel Nails
These winter gel nails in a gradient of neutral colored chrome nail polish are the perfect manicure inspiration for someone who loves neutral tones, but still wants to spice up their winter manicure with something a little unique.
4. Classy Winter Nails
A strategic pop of maroon and oxblood is one of the hottest trends of this winter season.
Recreate the look yourself with these simple, but impactful classy winter nails in an understated, but trendy shade of deep red. And check out these winter makeup ideas to complement your chic manicure.
5. Winter Nails Inspo
These festive gingerbread nails are some of our favorite winter nails inspo of the season.
They feature matte white and brown nail art in a variety of gingerbread-inspired designs, making your nails look good enough to eat!
6. Winter Chrome Nails
These baby pink winter chrome nails are the perfect finishing touch on any winter outfit.
They’re monochromatic and minimalist, but the shiny chrome finish means that they still add a ton of visual interest to your look!
7. Cobalt Chrome Nails
If you love the chrome trend but are looking for something a little more creative, try these squiggly cobalt chrome nails.
They’re a fun twist on a traditional French manicure, incorporating a cobalt blue nail polish with a shiny chrome finish, complete with little accent stars on some of the nails.
Also, if you love blue, but chrome isn't your thing, check out these blue snowflake nail ideas perfect for winter.
8. Winter Forest Nails
Take inspiration from the great outdoors with these winter forest nails.
Across a pristine white backdrop, these nails feature tiny painted pine trees in a gradient of dark and sage green to recreate the silhouette of a majestic evergreen forest.
9. Burgundy French Manicure
This fun variation on the burgundy nails trend features a classy dark red French manicure on most of your nails.
Then, as an accent, create an adorable heart out of negative space on an accent nail, with the rest of the nail painted dark red.
10. Icy Blue Nails
This super cute winter nail look features an icy blue nail polish in a transparent jelly finish.
Each nail is decorated with its own super cute accent, like white snowflakes, an adorable polar bear wearing a tiny scarf, and even some 3D pearls and a matching icy blue butterfly!
11. Purple Geode Nails
These purple geode nails are a colorful and untraditional take on winter nails, perfect for the girl looking for a unique winter manicure idea that no one else will have thought of!
They feature a variety of purple and gold nail polish shades watercolored together to emulate the glittering inside of an amethyst geode.
12. Snowflake Chrome Nails
These snowflake chrome nails are the perfect winter nails option for people who prefer wearing their nails short.
They feature an icy, iridescent chrome base with gold snowflakes painted across each nail.
13. Chrome Stars
These graphic chrome stars are a super fun and eye-catching winter manicure idea.
They start with a base coat of cream white nail polish. Then, on top, paint a bunch of bold stars in gold chrome nail polish!
14. Coquette Pink Nails
Hop onto the viral coquette trend with these super long and feminine pink nails.
Each nail features a base coat of pretty pink nail polish.
Then, as an accent, they feature baby pink sweater-print French tips and baby pink 3D bows!
15. Minimalist Gold Nails
This minimalist gold French manicure is as delicate as a piece of gold jewelry.
It features a sheer nude base coat painted with thin, delicate lines of gold nail polish on the tips to mimic the look of a French manicure!
16. Minimalist Sparkles
If you want a little bit of shine on your winter nails, but aren’t into too much bling, try this minimalist sparkly look.
Start with a base coat of nude nail polish before painting on some tiny dots and stars in a sheer shade of dark purple.
Then, using a dark colored glitter nail polish, paint on some teeny tiny glitter accent dots!
17. Vinyl Black Snowflakes
This is an edgy take on the winter manicure for anyone who prefers a more goth aesthetic.
To get this look, use alternating matte black and super shiny black nail polish to create monochromatic black snowflakes!
18. Forest Green and Gold Nails
At first glance, this looks like a plain forest green manicure.
However, a closer look reveals that the edges of each nail are painted with a thin line of sparkling gold nail polish for a subtle pop of bling.
19. Hot Cocoa Winter Nails
Take inspiration from one of our favorite winter beverages, hot chocolate, for these hot cocoa nails.
They feature a rich, chocolate brown nail polish with a sophisticated shimmer finish for a look that’s both bold and neutral.
20. Oyster Pearl Nails
These oyster pearl nails are super unique, featuring a base of shimmering white nail polish that gleams iridescently, like the inside of an oyster shell.
Over the top, abstract squiggles are painted in 3D clear nail polish, giving the nails an even more ethereal and oceanic look!
21. Tortoiseshell Nails
These tortoiseshell nails are the perfect winter nails for the girl who draws her inspiration from dark academia year-round.
They feature sheer layers of dark and medium brown layered over each other to create a tortoiseshell effect!
22. Halo Ombre Nails
These halo ombre nails are a more abstract, artsy variation on the winter nails trend.
They feature an ombre from a pastel grayish lavender shade in the middle to a deep burgundy on the outside, an unexpected color combination that still somehow screams “winter”!
23. Angel Number Nails
These gorgeous cobalt blue nails are decorated with silver moons and stars, perfect for the girl who’s super into astrology.
We call them angel number nails because if you look closely, they feature an angel number, “777,” painted in silver on the thumb!
There’s nothing like a fresh manicure to spice up your look and lift your spirits, especially in the cold, dark winter months.
If you’ve been searching high and low for unique winter nail inspo, look no further!
No matter what shape, length, or color you like to wear your nails, you’re sure to find your next winter nail look on this list!