Nail These Party-Perfect Manicures For NYE

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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You’ve got the dazzling dress, the killer heels, the perfect clutch — but your New Year’s Eve ensemble isn’t quite complete without the mani to match. While you could always go with something subtle, we think ringing in 2013 deserves a little more fanfare. That’s why we tapped John Barrett Salon manicurist Marie Barokas to update some festive favorites with five truly original, truly chic ways to let your fingers do the talking.

Whether you gravitate toward glitter, want an unexpected take on metallics, or prefer a hint of sparkle, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in these manicure ideas. The best part: you don’t need to be anartiste to re-create these looks at home. (We’ll raise our glass to that!)

So, chill the bubbly, break out the noisemakers, and get ready to let your digits shine. Because if you’re counting down the seconds until the clock strikes midnight, you might as well do so on well-polished nails.


Paired with gunmetal accessories, pastels suddenly feel less precious. Here, the metallic microglitter in Topshop’s Valley nail polish adds a hint of shimmer to its creamy mint base. “Green is a hard color to pull off, but this is mild,” Barokas says. “Because of the silver specks, it’s more interesting.” 

H&M Dress, $49.95, available at H&M stores; Lulu Frost Demeter Collar, $310, available at Lulu FrostBCBGMAXAZRIA Portia Crystal-Mesh Minaudiere, $178, available at BCBG.


Surprisingly, this candy-colored hue flatters dark and light skin tones (and many in between). The trick, Barokas says, is in the application. “For darker skin tones, one coat is sufficient,” she says. “If your skin is lighter, wear two coats so the green doesn’t blend into your skin tone.”


“Shimmer is always a good option for New Year’s Eve,” Barokas says. We couldn’t agree more. Here, she created a multidimensional look by layering The New Black polish in 24 Hour Party Purple over a base of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Vio-Last. 

Capwell + Co Curb Chain and Crystal Magnetic Bracelet, $32, available at Capwell + Co; Capwell + Co Silver Rectangle Graduated Toggle Bracelet, $28, available at Capwell + Co.


If you’ve avoided glitter polishes because they’re a bear to remove — and they can be! — here’s a solution. Finer glitters come off more easily than chunky ones do, but the key to cleaning up your nails is in the formula. “The best way is to use 100% acetone remover from a beauty supply store,” Barokas says. “It removes glitter faster than what you get at the drugstore, but it can be drying to thinner nails.” To avoid parched nails, she recommends soaking nails in warm olive oil for five minutes. Couldn’t be easier.