Around the holiday season, we have a tendency to reach exclusively for gold nail polish. Well, gold and red nail polish. We volley between the two and for good reason. These colors are holiday classics. They look amazing on our nails, whether those nails are peeking out under a scarf and coat, grasping a cup of cocoa, or shining in juxtaposition against a black cocktail dress, while we're holding a glass of champagne at a holiday party.
This year, however, we're in the mood to switch things up. We're feeling like wearing colors that are unique and unexpected. That's why we're switching out red for green nail polish and gold for silver. The latter is fresh and icy, just like winter itself. Keep scrolling to see the 23 nail designs we're referencing for manicure inspo all season long.
Silver Half Moons
In the spirit of nontraditional shapes, try painting an inverted half-moon on the top half of your nails with a slick chrome polish. The sleek design adds a fun twist to the regular french manicure.
Who else is reminded of Kylie Jenner's Lip Kits when they see this drippy design? It looks similar to her iconic cosmetics packaging. The chic design can be achieved with a fun sticker add-on or an extra steady hand and over-dipped brush.
Mix of Gems and Pastels
While still incorporating silver into the mix, this funky manicure pairs an icy blue and silver combo perfect for winter against bold black and gold contrast nails. It's colorful; it's dimensional; it looks like the sort of nail design that a Zara model would wear, and we're into it.
Kira Kira IRL
The addition of white, hand-painted sparkles takes this manicure up a notch. The glitter-dipped design underneath is worth a mention, too. Plus, these almond-shaped nails look extra cool with the chic design.
Glitter with Heart Eyes
We're not against a maximalist manicure. Try this one, which seems to take inspiration from the iconic Comme des Garçons logo. The sparkly silver base— like JINsoon's Absolute Glitz ($18) contrasts nicely against the bright red heart design.
This iridescent ombré manicure is so whimsical, it fits right in with the beauty industry's unicorn obsession. Rightly so—this magical mani fades to a subtle sparkle. Get an extra glow by using an iridescent topcoat like ILNP’s Moonstone ($13) as well.
Is it just us, or does a white-and-silver manicure pair perfectly with bold leopard-print clothing? We're about to make this color pairing our winter uniform. Try using tape to get the subtle side detailing, or if you're confident in your skills, freehand the smooth half-circles yourself.