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News flash: It’s holiday party season. And even though you have several outfits planned already (three cheers for the LBD!), don’t stop at your frock. Kick your manicure up a notch with these five nail trends guaranteed to make your eggnog holding fingers look as polished--and festive--as possible.

Dark Reds or Greens

A rich wine-inspired red, like Deborah Lippmann?s "Bitches Brew" organic polish ($18), is perfect for the season without looking like you're trying too hard. The same goes for a deep hunter green, like "Racing Green" by Butter London ($15). And both make an excellent base for, say, gold detailing?


Gold Details

Ask your technician to up the ante by adding gold detailing like a chevron pattern, an elongated cross, polka dots or stripes atop a nude or dark polish. Or do it at home: Use a gold Sharpie to draw over dry polish, one accent nail on each hand.


Champagne Hues

It’s the holiday equivalent of ballet pink. Go slightly shimmery here with "Baroque…But Still Shopping!" by OPI ($10), which also comes in a gel version, if that’s more your style ($15).


Negative Space

In what is sometimes called a half-moon manicure, you basically leave the bottom of your nails unpolished and cover the rest in your chosen color followed by a topcoat. Because sometimes less is more.



It’s a classic holiday move, and thankfully, because a dusting of glitter is right on trend. Try a one glimmering “party nail” (usually the ring finger).

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