The holidays are filled with joy, merriment, and plenty of fun beauty looks. Perhaps the most appealing of all, though, is the opportunity to create festive nail designs. You can go all the way in by painting intricate red-and-gold details on each finger or take the minimalist approach and adorn an accent finger on each hand. Whatever you decide, we're sure you'll love it. And we're sure you'll get a lot of compliments.
Below, we included options from a few of our favorite manicurists, the special women who create nail looks for celebrities and runway shows alike. They are some of the most creative artists in the business, and now, you can scroll through and get some much-needed inspiration. Below, find our favorite red-and-gold nail designs and get excited about the holiday season.
Use sparkly tinsel and festive disco balls as inspiration and create this glittery manicure, complete with holiday colors and ample cheer. It's simple in execution (you just need three colors and a bit of sparkle) but adds punch to your nails.
For a more minimal shimmer, opt for this red-and–rose gold look with a light pink base and hearts for each one of your loved ones. You can wear it during the holidays and repurpose the design come Valentine's Day.
Try this deep red shade and use pearls and gold to make it look especially ornate. Made originally for the Met Gala by genius manicurist Mei Kawajiri, these nails are perfect as the centerpiece of your holiday outfit.
If you'd rather show off a more editorial style, look no further than these cool, fun nail extensions. Attached with a gold hoop, the red double-nail is a trendy take on classic holiday nails.
We're obsessed with this negative-space manicure, painted with red, gold, and black graphic designs. It's exactly what you need to feel fun and on-trend at a holiday gathering.
Gold foil always feels especially fancy, so try applying it to an otherwise regular red manicure (or a pretty ombré option like this one).
Because a red tartan is cozy, seasonal, and especially stylish during the holidays, why not paint the design on your nails? All you'll need is a gold, gray, and red shade and a small brush to create the thin lines on each finger.
Madeline Poole is known for her chic editorial work—nail art that looks just as simple and cool as it does artistic. Here, she shows off an update on a French manicure, with half clear, half deep red polish and just one tiny golden accessory.
Add shimmery, shiny, reflective accessories to your red manicure to double-down on glamour. You can play with the shades and metallic finishes, and all you have to do is stop by an art store to gather the supplies.
Alicia Torello created this cool, graphic pink, red, and gold confection, offering up trend and cheer on the same nail. We'd be into this style any time of year.
FYI: Here are 25 cool nail designs for almond-shaped nails.