The holidays are officially upon us, and we’ve spent plenty of time researching the beauty gifts we’re going to surprise our friends and family with this season. But before we kick back and relax, there’s one more order of business to take care of — starting with the holiday manicure (or manis, plural) we want to debut from Thanksgiving straight through to the new year.
Depending on your personality or your winter wardrobe, we have a feeling you’re searching for the perfect nail look to go with your aesthetic. To help you determine which one to DIY this season, we’ve rounded up six nail looks from Instagram to inspire your next at-home manicure.
For the Classic Holiday Gal
If nail art isn’t your style, you can still show your holiday spirit with a festive manicure. Sticking to the “less is more” approach, create a crisp statement mani using a sparkly nail polish shade like Essie Under Wraps. It says holidays without feeling like you tried too hard.
For the Minimalist Nail Art Enthusiast
Love nail art but don’t want to take hours out of your day bringing it to life? We’re currently crushing on this minimalist gold foil nail art from Park Eunkyung. To recreate the look, we’re using gold nail striping tape for the lines and then a layer of clear top coat for a glossy, seamless finish.
For the Nail Lover Doin’ it for the ’Gram
If you’re a maximalist and proud, you need to take a look at this fab Instagram full of nail art for inspiration. Whether you’re trying to get this wrapping paper-esque look on acrylics or your real nails, start by painting both of your thumbs a dark red and then alternate with white for the rest of your fingers. Apply a top coat, wait for your nails to dry and then finish the look with gold striping tape and mini gold triangle nail appliques.
For the Gal Who Loves Glitter
As you’ve probably already noticed on your Instagram feed lately, minimalist gemstone manicures are on trend right now. This one, created by Betina Goldstein, calls for a coat of clear nail polish followed by a touch of glitter along the outer edge of your nail bed. Betina uses Lauren B Beauty polish in 33 Carats for this sophisticated, glam nail look.
For Peppermint-Inspired Nails
If the thought of holiday-themed candies and sweets gets you excited, this peppermint-inspired nail look is probably saved to the screenshot folder in your phone. If you live in NYC, you can make your way to Paintbox for this mani, but if you’re doing it at home, you’ll need a light pink nail polish, a true red nail polish, tape and a striping tool.
For the Beauty Lover Who Lives for Winter
This glittery nail look is easy to recreate and ’gram all winter long. To get the look, Jeannine of @shmailshmolish on Instagram started with two coats of Essie Fairy Tailor followed by Essie Set in Stones.
For the Babe With a Holiday Countdown
Make a statement this holiday season with a color-block nail look like this one from Josephine (aka Polished Pleasure on Instagram). To get the look at home, apply two coats of Essie Topless and Barefoot and let the polish dry. Then, using your holiday nail polish of choice (we love this green shade like the Essie Gel Couture Wrap Party), paint a super-thick French tip over your neutral-colored polish.