Christmas tips: 5 subtle nail trends that are perfect for the holidays
It's decision time. Among the major beauty decisions you'll likely have to make (are we finally going for that striking dye job or play it safe with a va-va-voom blowout?), getting the right manicure to last through the festive period is on top of that list. Whether you go for a traditional lacquer or longer-lasting gel, you'll want a manicure that stands the test of time and also looks good with different outfits. Another factor to consider: a paint job to look elegant and suitable for both day and night events. Inspired by some of the cool, wearable nail styles we saw backstage at runway shows – that all kind of riff off the traditional French manicure – we present our edit.
REVERSE FRENCH IN CORAL PINK
Seen at Lela Rose, this manicure lengthens the digits, gives a cheeky twist to the original, slightly staid French manicure, plus the cheery coral pink is festive in a subtle way.
RED LINES ON A NATURAL BASE
At Carmen Marc Valvo, a nude-pink base was livened up with Christmas-appropriate red tips and an extra, crescent-shaped stripe. The trick to keeping this looking good? Keeping the lines as skinny as your latte.
SUBTLE GLITTER LINING
Trust the genius Mulleavy sisters and the nail team at Rodarte to come up with an almost normcore take on glitter. Lining the inner edges of the nails (rather than the tips) is almost subversive, updating glitter for the quintessential cool girl.
THE EXAGGERATED FRENCH MANICURE
If you must do a French mani, go kitschy and larger-than-life with this take by Cushnie Et Ochs. For a similar effect, go with a more opague, nude base and a thick, off-kilter tip for a little Barbie goes bad twist.
THE SOFT OMBRÉ
If you like your manicures super-girly and slightly artistic, try this version of ombré using a palette of soft pinks and nudes as seen at Naeem Khan.