When you're planning for the perfect holiday party look, your game plan is usually to find the perfect outfit followed by finding matching shoes, while selecting the proper nail color or design is usually the last thing on your mind. If you're still on the prowl for what to do with your nails, you're in luck because we've gathered a list of nail shades and designs that are sure to match with any outfit you've planned for the holidays.
One easy way to choose the right nail color is by matching it to the color of your jewelry. Especially golds and silvers are perfect options for nail polish shades. Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Vibrato comes in a luxurious bottle and only requires a couple of coats to accomplish a rich, elegant look. A more affordable alternative is Rollin' in Cashmere by OPI. For a silvery shade, the Yves Saint Laurent Sparkle Clash La Laque in Silver Clash is a perfect choice. Silver Clash is made up of glitter confetti that can act alone or be layered on your favorite shade of polish. If the YSL lacquer is a bit over your budget, Set in Stones by Essie is a great alternative.
No one can deny that a red polish is the epitome of the holidays. However, you don't have to be boring by selecting a generic red shade. Essie's Ready to Boa is a gorgeous burgundy red with a bronzy shimmer, which pairs very well with a little black dress. If you want a deeper red shade with some shimmer to it, try Lancôme's Hotel Particulier. This option will be a great pop of color against a light colored dress. For a shade of red that really demands attention, China Glaze's Tip Your Hat is the real deal. It is a cookie-cutter red nuance; one that everyone woman should have in their nail polish collection.
If you're more creative, you should consider experimenting with some holiday designs on your nails. You can start off with something simple, like a French tip in gold. However, if you want more of a challenge, you can use a mix of golds and greens to create a plaid pattern on top of a base coat of red. You can also try creating a tree or leaf design on your nails by using green as the base coat and accent it with a vertical gold line followed by extending three additional lines on either side of the vertical line to resemble a leaf.
Tip: to help equally thick gold lines, use a toothpick.
Written by ERIKA WONG
Edited by ISABEL JÄRNSTRÖM
Visual editor ROCCO COLLAZZO