The lights are twinkling, the gifts are wrapped, the pies are prepped, and there's time for one last finishing touch: your nails. Sure, there's so much more to think about during the busy holiday season, but don't you always feel just a little more put-together, more festive, more, well, manicured when there is a fresh coat of paint on your paws? I know I do.
As someone who has purchased literally hundreds of bottles of nail polish over the years, it's safe to say I know my way around the seasonal shades. Allow me to steer you toward hues that are ideal for celebrating the spirit of the season, whether that be Christmas, Hanukkah, or even a fun made-up holiday like Festivus. But before you start scrolling, here's a little tip: Those punny polish names can also be instructive—reds named from flowers like Geranium or Poppy are best for spring and summer, while those with precious metals or gemstones in their names are perfectly suited for fall and winter.
Whether you choose to DIY each night of Hanukkah or treat yourself to a salon mani/pedi that will last through New Year's, these 24 holiday nail colors will definitely help get you in a celebratory spirit.
It seems like a no brainer, but there's a reason red is our go-to nail polish color for the season—it's just classic. Below are a few of our favorite takes on the shade.
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin ($50)
OPI Madame President ($7)
Givenchy Grenat Initie ($24)
OPI An Affair in Red Square ($13)
These dark purple and wine-inspired shades are perfect for making merry, but subtle enough for the office, too.
OPI Malaga Wine ($11)
Deborah Lippmann Spill the Wine ($20)
OPI We the Female ($11)
OPI Como Se Llama? ($11)
A full-on metallic mani might be hard to pull off during other times of the year, but couldn't be more perfect for New Year's Eve. Bring it on, 2021!
Essie No Place Like Chrome ($8)
Essie Glow the Distance ($9)
Deborah Lippmann Radiate ($20)
Essie Ace of Shades ($9)
I'll take any excuse to wear blue nail polish, especially on a cold winter's night.
Zoya Kristen ($10)
Nails INC Bright Ambition ($11)
Deborah Lippmann Fight the Power ($20)
OPI Russian Navy ($11)
Glitz and Glitter
Go ahead, add some bling to your bling with glittery nails that sparkle all season long.
Olive & June Obvi ($8)
Smith and Cult Dirty Baby ($18)
Morgan Taylor Rare as Rubies ($10)
Essie Making Spirits Bright ($7)
Why mess with your go-to? If neutral nails are your thing, consider trying a new formula when practicing those DIY skills at home.
Christian Louboutin The Nudes Nail Color ($50)
Essie Ballet Slippers ($9)
OPI Lisbon Wants Moor ($11)
Deborah Lippmann Written in Sand ($20)
It's easy to keep your nails looking good between manicures with these products in our at-home arsenal.
Seche Seche Clear and Seche Vite ($11)
Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil ($6)
Zoya Remove Plus ($10)
Keiby Citom Manicure Set ($17)
OPI Holiday Nail Lacquer 10 Pack ($29)
Essie Love Moments Collection 6 Piece Gift Set ($41)
Up next, check out the gift guide that is totally relevant in 2020.
This story was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
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