Best products for New Year's nails

If you’re unsure of which color to pick for your New Year's nails, consider a color that is popular in January — blue tones and snowy whites, or garnet (dark red), which is the January birthstone.
If you’re unsure of which color to pick for your New Year's nails, consider a color that is popular in January — blue tones and snowy whites, or garnet (dark red), which is the January birthstone. (BestReviews)

Enter the new year with a fresh mindset and some eye-catching nails 

If you’re somebody who always has manicured nails, you may want to kick them up a notch during the holiday season. Even if you rarely paint your nails, lathering on a coating is a fun way to add some style to the new year. Whether you’re searching for gel colors, fast-dry options or different kinds of nail art, there are fun at-home options for all styles and personalities. Here are the best products to test out this year:

The different types of nail polish 

Depending on your DIY budget, taste and experience, there are four types of nail polish:

  • Regular nail polish (one-two coatings)
  • Gel nail polish (one-two coatings and UV lighting)
  • Nail stickers (stick them on and cut them to the shape of your nail)
  • Press on nails (fake nails that stick on top of your real ones)

Regardless of your choice of product, you should also consider the following for all options:

  • Ensure that you have the appropriate base and topcoat so your manicure lasts a few days into the new year.
  • For gel polish, often a specific topcoat is required and some still require UV lighting kits to dry the polish. Therefore, always double-check to make sure you're buying an item that is practical for at-home use or that comes with all the equipment needed.
  • For all options, consider using a nail file, cuticle cutter and nail clippers to trim your nails to make them look fresh and neat
  • Ensure you have nail polish remover (acetone-based remover is best for glitter or gel products) to correct any errors and remove your polish when you are ready to do so.

Creative DIY nail ideas and designs 

The best thing about nail art and DIY nails is that there's plenty of room for experimentation. If you make a mistake, you can easily correct it by using nail polish remover and starting over. Therefore you can test out the grounds and express yourself and your New Years' style as boldly (or as subtly) as you'd like, just as long as you don't save it until the last minute.

If you're unsure of where to start, consider matching your nails to your personal style or New Years' outfit. Whether it's a color that matches your outfit or just compliments it, this is a nice way to have fun and get creative for an exciting occasion.

Another great nail option is to opt for subtle, seasonal tones. Whether that's a nude, soft grey, black, white or another shade that's classic and timeless. This will make your nails look presentable and classy and can be accomplished with any nail polish, gel polish or stick-on.

Finally, many people choose to go for a bold and catchy look for New Years' celebrations,  whether they're celebrating big or small. It's a fun time of the year to step up your nail game. The easiest way to achieve this is by using products that have glitter, a unique finish or a flashy design.


The best products for New Year's nails available now

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish: available at Amazon
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are a great choice for an affordable, on-the-go nail job. There are a variety of colors to choose from, including a number of "prismatic shine" shades that will give your nails a subtle glimmer and a glitter option as well. Simply apply, give them a few minutes to dry and you'll be all set for the new year.

Modelones Gel Nail Polish 48 Colors: available at Amazon
This product requires a UV/LED nail lamp in order to properly cure. If you already have a lamp or were contemplating buying one, this highly-rated set of 48 stunning gel colors could be for you. For (roughly) the same price as a salon manicure, you can get this large pack that features everything from bright colors to neutral shades, as well as glitter polishes that would make for the perfect statement nails.

Essie Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Red, Forever Yummy: available at Amazon
Nothing says classy and sophisticated like a bold, bright, red nail. Essie nail polishes are high quality and give a long-lasting shine to your nails. The Forever Yummy shade is a classic red that is striking and will surely get you noticed at your New Years' event. A topcoat is recommended.

Essie Nail Polish, Limited Edition Let It Ripple Collection: available at Amazon
This shimmery vibrant blue is perfect for any New Years' nails. The dark shade of winter blue combined with a sparkling shimmer will give your nails a bold look that suits the essence of January and new beginnings.

Artdone 16 Jars Chrome Nail Powder Metallic Mirror Effect Holographic: available at Amazon
If you're using a UV/LED lamp for your gel polish already, using chrome powder to enhance your nail game is a must. The "mirror effect" is best achieved over white, black or similar shades, but it can be applied over any color. To achieve a stunning, high-shine, reflective look, simply rub your chosen color of chrome powder onto your nails (prior to the topcoat) and you'll be left with a unique look that suits any New Years' celebration.

Morily 24pcs Fake Nails Matte Pure Color Medium Long Stiletto Almond Press on Nail: available at Amazon

If a manicure isn't your thing, consider press-on nails. This 24 piece set features matte black, stiletto nails that are both classy and attractive. These nails can be easily applied and removed without the need for dry time or lamps.

10 PCS inifus Nail File and Buffer Kit, Professional Nail Cuticle Kit: available at Amazon
No matter what color or type of New Years' nails you go for, you'll need properly manicured hands to really look the part. This kit includes all of the common tools used during a manicure, including five nail files, two nail clippers, one cuticle pusher, one cuticle fork and one nail brush.

Courtney Love is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money

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