New Year's equals every single excuse to go all out. Extreme amounts of sparkle need to be the mood for your outfit, hair, makeup, 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 going 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 we see it: Anyone with a good manicure can do anything. Start the year off strong with a stylish manicure that warrants a night full of compliments. Ahead, see 26 New Year's nail designs we're saving to bring to the salon—let your mani serve as a sign that this will be your best year yet.
Silver and Pink Glitter Tips
Ring in the New Year with a French manicure accentuated with glitter for a dash of shimmer. If you can't pick just one shade for your tips, there's no better time than the holidays to go all out.
Hot Pink Statement
Manifest a good night with bright pink glitter nails, which undeniably scream party time.
Multicolored with Dots
Colorful, dotted nails feel so appropriate for a festive occasion. Simply dot up your nails in whichever design you want to recreate this straightforward look.
Pale Pink Shimmer
This is what you call grown-up glitter. Jazz up a classic pastel pink color with sparkles galore to make your nails pop.
Rock out this year with an intergalactic, blue chrome manicure. Light-reflecting and eye-catching are always a good New Year's Eve nails vibe.
You're looking at a party in a bottle. This beautiful mess reminds us of those nights that turn into early mornings.
Glitter and Gray
Sparkle into the new year with glittery, firework nails for the win. Instead of wearing glitter all over your nails, freehand a design like this to add some pizzazz.
Silver and white sparks of pearl nail adhesive look edgy and effortless. To recreate this look, think more (not less), adhering as many of the pearl pieces as you can.
Black and gold is such an elevated color combo. It's our 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.
Fun is definitely on the horizon with these nails, which showcase tips in varying shades and patterns.
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.
Art Deco Tips
These turquoise and gold tips bring images of the 1920s to mind thanks to their Art Deco inspo.
Gold glitter, cream, and negative space make for the perfect NYE combo—though, you can wear the look all year long, too.
Prefer to keep your nails as minimalist as possible? Here, we're schooled on just how well a holographic stripe split down the middle of each nail can look for New Year's Eve and beyond.
Another minimalist way to approach New Year's is with no color and just a hint of silver adhesives. It's abstract but undoubtedly stunning.
Sometimes scoring a New Year's Eve-ready manicure is as simple as sectioning each nail horizontally in half with a holographic foil tip. We're going to call it futuristic chic.
If you can't imagine parting ways with your go-to nude polish, consider jazzing it up with a rich copper hue. The result is simple and stunning.
Silver and Gold
If you're a glitter fanatic but don't want to cover your whole nail, consider this double-arced look that features a French tip and half-moon cuticle accent on each nail.
Another option is to keep the center of each nail free of color while focusing eye-catching glitter accents around each edge. To DIY, simply dip a striping brush in the glitter polish of your choice and carefully trace around each edge.
Pretty in Pink
These half-and-half pink nails immediately caught our attention. The silver glitter squares really make the design pop.
These are quite possibly the easiest nails to recreate on this list. All you'll need is a handful of gems in varying sizes and your favorite top or base coat. After filing your nails and caring for your cuticles, apply a coat of clear polish and press one gem onto each nail.
Remember when you were a little kid and sticker earrings were all the rage? Well, now you can use those same stickers to create a New Year's Eve-ready mani. It's equal parts pretty and playful, making it a must for anyone who craves a pop of color.
Planet designs are trending in fashion and beauty this year, making this interstellar manicure a great choice for minimalist nail lovers.
Start with a nude base and top it off with bold and colorful squiggles in whatever direction you choose. You simply can't go wrong.
As intricate as this manicure looks, all it requires is a few pieces of star confetti pressed in place.