Forget the Trends—These Are the Chicest Nail Colours to Wear This Christmas

How is it already the second week of December?! I am seriously panicking about my lack of preparedness for Christmas this year. The tree isn't up, the fridge is empty and I've not bought a single present. Yep, I'm really that disorganised. That being said, I have started to put some plans into motion, and I rang my mum this morning to ask what gifts I should get for the family. Whilst we were on the phone, she mentioned that she was off to get her nails done and asked me what Christmas manicure colour she should go for. As a beauty editor, I'm used to my friends and family coming to me for skincare, makeup and nail advice, so I was more than happy to chat about my favourite shades of the season.

I've tried my fair share of trendy festive manicures over the years, but I always go back to the five chic, classic colours below. Don't get me wrong—I love a glittery gold or metallic silver mani now and again, but I often end up regretting my choice after a week or two and opting for one of the shades I'm about to present instead. So, in case you too are looking for some inspiration ahead of your festive nail appointment, trust me that the below shades will elevate all of your party outfits whilst helping you feel Christmas-ready, even if you're currently as disorganised as me.

The Chicest Christmas Nail Colours to Try Now

1. Black Cherry


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First up is this beautiful black cherry shade. After seeing this manicure on nail artist Julia Diogo's Instagram page, I immediately decided to give the colour a go, and I've had so many compliments on my nails since. This shade is perfect for those of you who don't like bright red or burgundy colours, but also don't want to opt for black. I think it looks so expensive and is ideal for this time of year.


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This colour looks great with a super-glossy finish, so I'd recommend using a shiny topcoat when doing your nails yourself.

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2. Forest Green


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Not only does this forest green colour remind me of Christmas trees, but it's great for adding a subtle pop of colour whilst keeping your nails looking sophisticated.


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This shade looks stunning on both short and long nails, and if you want to make it a little bit more festive, try adding some nail art or a glittery accent nail.

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3. Chocolate Brown


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How gorgeous are chocolate brown nails? I've been seeing this colour everywhere, and although it's currently trending, it's actually been a classic choice for years. Just looking at this manicure makes me want to snuggle up in front of the fire with a Christmas film and a hot chocolate in hand.


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Although it might not seem like an obvious choice for Christmas, in my opinion there's something so cosy and festive about this shade.

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4. Classic Red


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I couldn't do this roundup without including a classic red shade. This manicure is so timeless yet it still gives off all the Christmas vibes.


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The great thing about this colour is that you can tailor it to suit you, whether you prefer a deep red or something bold and bright.

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5. Chrome Finishes


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Chrome nails are the chicest way to incorporate a bit of shimmer into your manicure this Christmas. When this trend first became popular we thought it might be a flash in the pan, but chrome finishes have remained a favourite amongst celebrities and nail artists for years now. Plus, a chrome mani is also perfect for NYE. 


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I mean, just look at that shine!

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.