Top 5 Holiday Nail Looks and Ideas


Dress up your nails this holiday with five of my favorite looks!

1. Gold Polish. Nothing says holiday glamour better than gold. Mix and match it with other festive hues like red, green and purple to create your very own holiday look.

2. Caviar Manicures are a great way to jazz up your nails for the holidays. To create the look, first paint your nails and let dry. Next, paint a second coat and pour microbeads (try the Recollections Microbead Sets from Michaels) over the nail while the polish is still wet. Make sure you do this one nail at a time because the beads won’t stick if the polish is dry. Gently tap the beads in and let dry completely. Apply top coat if necessary but mind you, this can dull the effect.

3. French With A Twist. Spice up your usual French manicure by doing it reverse or adding glitter and nail stickers (available here).

4. Foil Nails are a fun way to instantly glam up your look. All you need is foil, (available at, nail glue and a top coat. Nail Nerd has a great step-by-step tutorial on this.

5. Glitter. You guys know how much I love glitter for the holidays and with the gazillion glitter polishes on the market nowadays, you are bound to find one that you like. More glitter polish looks at Beautylish.

What are some of YOUR favorite holiday nail looks? Share with us!

Images: Courtesy of CND and BellaNailz.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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