Nail This Party-Perfect New Year's Eve Manicure

by Megan Beauchamp ; Updated September 28, 2017


Although a glitzy dress is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about getting gussied up for New Year's Eve, why not go all out with some flashy nail art to complement your countdown ensemble? After all, ringing in the New Year calls for more a bit more glamour than your everyday look. That's why we tasked celebrity manicurist Elisa Wishan with creating a festive New Year's Eve manicure with just the right amount of glitz.

The Tools

You'll need gold polish, black polish, matte top coat and gold glitter polish to create this party-ready manicure. We used Venique's Golden Age of Beauty, OPI's Black Onyx, Butter London's Matte Finish and Milani Cosmetic's Golden Romance.

Prep Your Nails

Start with clean, filed nails. Square nails lend themselves well to this geometric design, but you can create this manicure on any shape nails. For maximum staying power, use a base coat to help the polish adhere to your nails.

Apply the Gilded Polish

Apply two coats of gold polish to your nails. This polish will peek out from the black polish so don't worry making it perfect.

Create the Geometric Design

After the gold polish is completely dry, apply black polish in a swooping motion to leave a strip of visible gold polish that runs along your moon and your inner nail. Starting at the moon of your nail gently drag the brush toward your inner nail, being sure to leave a small strip of gold along your inner nail, and then up to the tip of your nail.

Add Glitz

Apply a coat of gold glitter polish on top of the gold polish to add a bit of festive sparkle.

Matte Top Coat

To create textural contrast, apply a matte top coat over the black polish. Be sure not to cover the glitter polish with the matte top coat.

Ready to Raise a Glass

You'll be ready to sip on bubbly in style with this glitzy New Year's Eve mani. Have fun with it and make it your own!

Photo Credits

  • Luke Wooden

About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.