Yes Virginia, it is possible to have festive nails without resorting to predictable red. For editorial manicurist Madeline Poole, the best alternative is anything that glitters. “Try a slight sheer sparkle or shimmer,” she says. Poole—who is Global Colour Ambassador of Sally Hansen—suggests a festive silver option from the brand called ‘Make it N-ice’. “It can be barely visible or more heavy-handed depending on how many coats you apply,” she says.
And while sparkly nails are pretty much synonymous with the holidays, Poole definitely has her preferences. “Personally, I like all one-colour glitters and I like the flecks to be pretty big and circular.” These larger, sequin-like bits can add a cool and modern edge, differentiating your manicure from the norm. When it comes to achieving the look, we also like the shade ‘Glass Souls’ from Smith & Cult.
For something a little more subdued, Poole recommends adding a clear matte topcoat to any glitter or metallic polish for a velvety finish. But sparkle or not, there are tons of options among this season’s holiday offerings. From an icy blue that’s the perfect combo of subtle and statement, to a forest green shimmer that gives off a purple and navy duo-chrome, check out our 15 favourite polishes for party season below.