Remember when you were in primary school and felt so excited to coordinate your coloured braces bands with upcoming events? Well, festive nail art is kind of like that — except without the eternal embarrassment of family photos. And, thankfully, we're trading school discos for office parties.

From glittery polish to intricate picture detailing, there's a nail-art technique that will let you express your enthusiasm about the upcoming season . . . and show off your skills.

For beginners, we don't suggest starting with something that requires complex layers or a full set of tools. Instead, ease into it, choosing designs which include motifs like circles and textured glitter. For more seasoned nail artists, Christmas is the ideal time for putting your abilities — and, more importantly, creativity — to the test. A level of sparkle and colour that may otherwise be considered a bit over the top is totally acceptable ways of showing your festive spirit. So take advantage of the opportunity to go all-out with reverse ombré under designs and 3D effects.

To give you some inspiration, we've picked out our favourite 50 looks for this year — spanning all celebrations, symbols, themes, and shades. Keep reading to discover your next party-nail look!

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