December 28, 2012
Heading to a New Year's Eve bash this year? As you reflect on the year and sip on champagne, your nails are going to be at the center of attention, which means its important that your manicure is ready to ring in 2013.
You could go for a classic red or even a wintry plum or navy blue polish, but you can ring in the new year with extra class when you spend a little extra time making your mani stand out. Try these designs for an especially stylish New Year.
Pop the bubbly
Nails that match not just your outfit but also your beverage are perfect for New Year's Eve. No drink says "Happy New Year" quite like champagne, so this is a perfect motif to bring to your manicure. In this design, reported by Marie Claire, you start by dabbing white nail polish like CND Nail Colour - Whites onto your nail with a makeup sponge. Create an ombre effect by dabbing the polish just halfway down your nail.
Then, use gold nail polish to swipe the tips of your nails like you would in a French manicure. The next step is to use a toothpick or other dotting tool to create polka dots on the nail with the gold polish - these will represent the bubbles in the champagne. Wait at least 15 minutes before finishing off the look with a clear top coat.
Stroke of midnight
Another cute New Year's nail idea is to create miniature clocks with the hands at midnight. For this look, start with a coat of white polish and let it dry before painting on the 12 numbers using a tiny brush with black polish like the CND Nail Colour - Blacks. It's easiest to only draw the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12, then fill in the rest with lines. Once this has dried, finish off the face with a dot and hands that point to midnight.
Fire off the fireworks
Another staple of the holiday you can incorporate into your outfit with nail art is fireworks. Start with professional nail polish like the CND nail colors in a navy hue. Then, use any other colors you want to create free-form lines on the nails with toothpicks. Mix and match colors and lines - a dotted line can add to the artistry! Top it off with a coat of clear polish.