Thanks to my Julep subscription I have like a gazillion nail colors. Surprisingly, a lot of them aren’t ‘Christmassy’ so as I’m writing this I’m trying to decide which color to paint my nails that’s festive, but not red or green. See? Inspiration is everywhere.

Painting your nails in a festive color doesn't mean it has to be green or red. Here are nine nail colors for Christmas that aren't red or green!

1. Taupe
Okay I decided to go with taupe this time. Taupe is a nice and goes with pretty much everything. P.S. dad calls this color dead clay. -_-

2. Blue
When I was younger I had this blue nail polish color that mom said made me look hypoxic. Well now I mainly use a more neutral blue color that doesn’t make me look sick. A pretty navy would be perfect for X-Mas.

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3. Purple
I usually like burgundy or deeply purple color for Halloween or an oxblood color for fall, but a royal purpleย  can be so Christmassy!

4. White
Um…duh. Ever heard of the shade winter white? I have a white matte color thanks to Julep and I luuuuurve it!

5. Silver
Silver bells, silver beeeells, it’s Christmas time in the city! I don’t have a silver color right now, but this one is gorgeous!

6. Gold
The particular gold that I have is more appropriate for NYE (it so glittery and could blind someone if it hit the right light), but a not super glittery shade is great for Christmas!

7. A sparkly top coat
Again, Julep sent me this and I use it as the second coat on a plain color. It can be worn by itself, I just haven’t done that yet.

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8. Soft pink or blush
This color has been EVERYWHERE lately. Maybe I’m biased (I totally am), but this color is probably the best. Go for a more ‘frosty’ pink for this time of year.

9. A classic french tip
Honestly, these nails are so versatile. Mom gets them all the time and they always look so clean. To make them even more holiday appropriate try adding some sparkles.

Doing your nails at home? Here are a few hacks:

Put your nail polish in the fridge- the cold makes it last longer.
Always get the polish anywhere but your nails? (ME TOO!) Paint the edges of your fingers (around your nails) with glue for an easy clean up later.
When you nails are somewhat dry (not dripping with paint) dip or run them in cold water to fully harden the polish and make them dry quicker

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What are your favorite nail colors for Christmas?

Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • I love nail polishes, so I have several shades I rotate this time of year.

  • Adriana

    I love these! I always switch up my colors too – I lean toward burgundies, gray and white!

    • I lean towards darks and neutrals haha.

  • I love that your Dad calls taupe dead clay, guys are SO funny haha! I like dark burgundy in the fall/winter, but I also love a sparkly champagne color (on my nails right now) because it feels festive! I agree navy is a pretty color around Christmas time (:

    • I know! Every time he sees it on my nails he goes ‘oh you’re wearing the dead clay color’.

  • Nathalie Sophia

    For the holidays I use a sparkly gold! Ive been wearing it for the last 4 years!!!

  • The holiday season is one of my favorite time of the year to wear fun nail colors! I love blue/silver!

    • Blue and silver is a great color combo!

  • I love doing sparkly gold for the holidays. Such a classic.

  • Gold glitter nails are my go-to for the holiday season! I wear a lot of gold jewelry (and my rings are gold) so it’s the perfect subtle touch.

    • Gold glitter nails are essential!

  • Kristen Jones

    Right now I have a silver accent nail with a deep maroon (totally original, I know haha!), but I’ve also been loving white nails with an accent nail or a blush pink/nude nail!

  • This is so true! Although I really love red during Christmas time hahaha. I also love gold and white!

    • Red is an all year round color for me haha.

  • I love these other options!

  • I love the idea of a purple nail color this time of the year! I also love doing dark blues and greys ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nichole

    I’m getting mine done next week for Christmas! I actually am thinking about doing a nude with some gold ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Gold is a new idea I hadn’t thought of before!

  • Brooke Pollard

    Love these! I never get red or green. White, silver, sparkly top, or French tips all the way! Right now I have ombrรฉ white nails and they look like a snow fall! Iโ€™m obsessed!

    • Omg it totally does! How awesome!

  • Sara Nichols

    I always love a good purple! Sparkles are fun for New Years.

    • Yes! I usually do a combo of that.

  • I love nail polishes! And I love to match the colour with the season/event. I really loved this list and it gave me lots of ideas. This year for Christmas I’m going with dark blue with some silver glitters. Ideally I want to copy the pattern of a blue and silver Christmas ornament that I have, but I think it will be a bit too complicated.

    • Haha I always want to do a design then end up botching it!

  • Pinterest is brilliant there are so many great ideas there. I think I am going to do sliver sparkly…good for Chanukah and Christmas

  • These are great suggestions at least I don’t have to rely on red only.

  • Katherine

    I love purple for the holidays, but I havenโ€™t done white yet!! Love that idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ and thanks for the tips (fridge & cold water!!) I had no idea and Iโ€™ve been painting my own nails a lot more lately to save some money. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah apparently nail polish loves the cold haha.

  • I currently have a rose gold nail polish color and I love it.

    • I’ve been meaning to get that color! So pretty!

  • I love using metallic colors during the holidays! These are great ideas!

  • I love colors that aren’t red & green for the holidays. A nude color or dark purple is always my go to.

    • I always think nude nail polishes are so clean looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney Drew

    Great tips! Christmas is the one time of year I wear red polish so I usually go with that but I love white and gold the rest of the year! Thanks for the tips for the at home manicure!

    Xo Courtney Drew

    • Haha I wear different shades of red all year round!

  • Lauren Falardeau Pariseau

    Oh I love this! I’m not a huge bright red person, or green for that matter, but I love earth tones. Taupe and gold nails sound perfect ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป

    • Ohh what a pretty color combo! Haven’t thought of that.

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

    I’m actually painting mine as I read this! I’ve been loving OPI’s Iceland collection because they all feel winter-y but none are Christmas colors and all look so sophisticated. I went with Check out the Old Geysirs:

  • Gold and red is probably my favorite color combo for Christmas. Really, I like gold nails all year round. I love these suggestions!

  • Kate

    Love the idea of breaking with the cliche a bit! I think anything with some extra sparkle screams Christmas for me!

  • YES, I always wear gold nails around Christmas time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • yesss to winter white! Looks so chic. And I never say no to a glitter top coat either ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love silver nail polish around the holidays! And I love that cold water trick.I’ve heard it before, but have never tried it. It’s time to redo my nails so I’ll have to try it out right away.

  • Paige Rankin

    I love wearing navy during the holidays!

    xoxo, Paige

  • I really need to get a rose gold shade!