Holiday 2011 beauty: 6 hot nail polish trends

Dress up your holiday beauty by adding glitz to your fingers with these new nail polish trends.

Nov 30, 2011
Kate Masters
Holiday 2011 beauty: 6 hot nail polish trends

A lovely lacquered mani is the perfect punctuation mark to any festive outfit. And with all the nail polish options out there (from glitter to jewel tones to magnetic formulas) you can customize your nails to suit any soiree, be it a work function or an all-out glam black-tie affair. In the past year alone, nail polish sales have spiked dramatically (54% according to NPD market research group), firmly establishing nail polish as the go-to beauty pick-me-up for many women.

Read on for some of the latest nail polish trends that you will want to try out this holiday season.

Holiday beauty: Glitter nail polish
Glitter nail polish is having a major mani moment and this season there are plenty of glitzy offerings to get you in the party mood. Glitter nail polish used to be the bane of every beauty girl’s existence – not only was it arduous to remove, but often the glitter would get clumped in the neck of the bottle, leaving you with an uneven application. But glitter has gotten a makeover. The new glitter formulas are more refined, go on more evenly, and are easier to remove. Take Essie LuxEffects – five new metallic-flecked shades with improved formulas that can be worn alone or on top of your favourite shades for a multi-dimensional effect. Glitter has never looked so grown up.

Holiday beauty: Jewel tone nail polish

Shades of emerald, amethyst and sapphire are always in heavy rotation for nail polish trends during the holiday party circuit. This season, create a twist on these staple shades with the YSL Le Noir La Laque collection (available at Holt Renfrew). The jewel-toned shades are infused with flecks of black (Black Bronze, Black Indigo and Black Lapis) to make them more moody. Plus the mini-sized bottles are great for toting around in case of chipping.

Holiday beauty: Inject colour in to your French manicure
Break the French mani monotony and upgrade the typical soft pink and classic white tip with a bold colour and contrasting tip. Try a candy apple red polish with a gold tip, or if you’re colour-shy, you can wear neutral on most of the nail (try a universally flattering neutral like taupe) and slick a gorgeous plum across the tip (we saw this look at the Fall 2011 Monique L’Hullier show). We’re certain the French would approve.

More haute nail polish trends for the holidays on the next page…


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