Beyond the red mani: 5 festive ideas for nails

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Beyond the red mani: 5 festive ideas for nails

A touch of multi-colored glitter layered over an icy polish proves to be as appealing a combination as sprinkles and frosting.

DIY: Swipe on two coats of an iridescent silver nail shade. Nail pro Jin Soon Choi used Rococo Nail Apparel in Bad Robot ($16.50; Then drape a multi-colored glitter polish over the moon of nail, creating a lace-like pattern, Choi says. Try JINSoon Nail Polish in Fete ($20;

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Winter green nails get a marine-like makeover when topped with iridescent glitter.

DIY: Start with a metallic olive green polish. We like Zoya Nail Polish in Edtya ($8; Then apply a clear, iridescent glitter lacquer such as Jordana Glitters Nail Polish in Lunar Lights ($3; to the center two-thirds of the nail bed. Dab the glitter down the middle, tapering it off toward the sides, Choi says

Take your red mani from classic to cool by applying mirror-like strips of glitter and foil on a few accent nails.

DIY: Start with a bright, cheery, red base such as Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in All Fired Up ($6; Then coat two fingers on each hand—the ring and middle fingers on the left hand and the index and middle fingers on the right—with a silver glitter polish that contains foil-like strips such as JINsoon Nail Polish in Soirée ($20;

This navy and pink sparkly nail reminds us of pink champagne served at midnight.

DIY: Paint your nails a deep navy, glittery shade. Our pick: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Lady Sings the Blues ($19; Layer it with a pink glitter polish, applying it vertically from the left side of the nail bed toward the middle. Choi used Revlon Nail Enamel in Sparkling ($5;

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Black nails look more glam than Goth when the tips are dipped in lots of sparkle and shimmer.

DIY: Give nails a black sparkly base. We’re loving Nars Cosmetics Nail Polish in Night Series ($19; Then deposit a thick layer of a gilded, chunky glitter polish on the tip of each nail, gradually tapering it off mid-nail. Choi used her own JINsoon Nail Polish in Gala ($20;

Deck your nails for the holiday season with these simple yet sparkly manicures, created by nail pro Jin Soon Choi.

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