Nail trends by the seasons are pretty predictable: soft watercolors for spring, candy-hued brights for summer, and moodier reds, blues, and grays for fall and winter. But then there’s this kind of unique period between the holidays — basically Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day — where chic and sophisticated goes out the window in favor of red-and-green glitter and candy-cane stripes.
Thankfully, we survived… and we didn’t even fall victim to the tacky holiday manicure at all. In fact, we opted for a nail trend that’ll see us well into 2018. It’s fun, it’s festive, but it can also go subtle and low-key. It’s time to get reacquainted with shimmer.
Nail pro Jessica Washick says she loves shimmer (note: not glitter) on nails right now because it gives a frosted and diffused shine. “Shimmers are so fun for the holiday season and beyond,” she explains. “They’re not hard to remove the way glitter can be, and they help create an elevated look.” And celebrity nail artist Whitney Gibson agrees that both chromes and iridescent colors are going to be big this season.”I think having a futurist, unpredictable finish on your nails can be the wild card element in your look — dressy but also chill,” she says.
Ahead, our favorite ways to wear the finish.