New Year's equals every single excuse to go all out. Extreme amounts of extra-ness need to be the mood for your outfit, hair, and especially your nails. Nail art is like the icing on the cake. It ties your look together and creates cohesiveness for the ultimate party mood. If you're all about a good theme, go with glitter, shimmer, holographic, and sparkly vibes. When it comes to color, don't shy away from a little brighter or bolder than normal. Festive nails are fun, and the holiday season means you should indulge in treating yourself for all your hard work this year.
This is how I see it: Anyone with a good manicure can do anything. Start off the year strong with a popping manicure that warrants a night full of compliments. Ahead are the 15 New Year's designs we're saving to bring to the salon. Let your mani serve as a sign that 2019 will be straight-up fire.
Ring in the New Year with negative-space nails accentuated with glitter for a dash of shimmer. Try a gold champagne shade like this for extra elegance.
New Year's Eve calls for a little extra. Be a minimalist but make it fancy with simple lines in gold foil, which makes this nail art look festively understated.
You have to have a good night with bright-pink glitter nails, which scream party time.
Disco-ball nails feel so, so appropriate. Simply dot up your nails in whichever design you want (nail artist Alicia Torello chose a french tip) to re-create this straightforward look.
This is what you call grown-up glitter. Jazz up a nude color with sparkles galore to make your nails pop.
Rock out this year with intergalactic, blue chrome nails. Light-reflecting and eye-catching are always a good New Year's vibe.
You're looking at a party in a bottle. This beautiful mess reminds me of those nights that turn into early mornings.
The brand calls this a "nude galaxy mani." Although, it resembles a chic snowflake to me. Either way, winter-white nails are always a good idea.
Sparkle into 2019 with glittery, firework nails for the win. Instead of wearing glitter nails all over, freehand a design like this to add some pizzazz.
Silver sparks of holographic nail adhesive look edgy and effortless. To re-create this look, cut out triangular-shaped holographic material, and pop them on in the same direction.
Black-and-gold is such an elevated color combo. It's my favorite for special occasions. Experiment with lines to create geometric harmony with a touch of shimmer.
If you're really trying to deck out your nails, go with a glitter ombré design. This holiday nail art just feels like new and exciting beginnings.
Enhance a vibrant color, like cobalt blue, with alternating half-glitter designs. Add corresponding gold jewelry to really turn up the volume since it's New Year's and all.
To keep things more low-key, you can always jazz up one accent nail or two. This looks like you're not trying too hard, but you're still in a party mood.
Paintbox's description is spot-on: "true white dipped in decadent glitter." Sounds like fun is on the horizon with these nails.
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