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Beyond the Red Mani: 5 Festive Ideas for Nails

Lacy Glitter

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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; SpaceNK.com). 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; jinsoon.com).

Photo: Jin Soon Choi

Metallic Mermaid

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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; zoya.com). Then apply a clear, iridescent glitter lacquer such as Jordana Glitters Nail Polish in Lunar Lights ($3; jordanacosmetics.com) to the center two-thirds of the nail bed. Dab the glitter down the middle, tapering it off toward the sides, Choi says.

Photo: Jin Soon Choi

Sultry Shards

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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; cvs.com). 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; jinsoon.com).

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Photo: Jin Soon Choi

Midnight Sparkle

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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; sephora.com). 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; drugstore.com).

Photo: Jin Soon Choi

Gilded Galaxy

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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; narscosmetics.com). 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; jinsoon.com).

Photo: Jin Soon Choi