The winter holidays are the perfect time to make a statement — and we’re not talking about light-up Rudolph earrings. Treat your nails like an accessory and dress them up in festive hues. From classic reds to trendy glitters, we’ve rounded up the best polishes for every occasion.
You already know your Aunt Gretchen is going to show up in her prized sequin snowflake sweater. Show her your take on holiday sparkle with this rich emerald polish. Bonus: the on-trend shade will keep the conversation centered on your beauty prowess rather than, say, your lack of boyfriend. Our Pick: Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama
You’re rocking the LBD and the five-inch stilettos. As you circle the room, make sure all eyes are on you with this Hollywood glam lacquer. A true red with a creamy finish, it will bring out your inner socialite. Prepare to chitchat the night away. Our Pick: Zoya Nail Polish in Sooki
Who says you can’t mix work with play? Give your cubicle mates something to ooh and aah over with this sheer black sparkle polish. The hexagon-shaped glitter catches the light, even under fluorescent settings. Plus, it’s grown-up enough to wear with your favorite tailored shift. Our Pick: Deborah Lippmann Forget You
New Year’s Eve
Nothing pairs better with a glass of champagne than a set of immaculate nails. This year, dark glittery shades are the way to go, and this one really stands out. Magenta, teal, and silver flecks of glitter are suspended in an opaque black base. Let the countdown begin. Our Pick: butter LONDON The Black Knight
Puffy jackets and goggles aren’t exactly flattering, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your style completely. Hit the slopes wearing this blackish teal with dark green undertones. It’ll add a dose of urban cool to your sporty gear, making you the hippest ski bunny around. Our Pick: Zoya Nail Polish in Cynthia