Crystal Nails Are 2019's Biggest Holiday Manicure Trend
Fair Isle patterns, glitter, and red and green designs are obvious holiday manicure choices, but that doesn't mean there aren't other options for going full-on holiday mode with your nails — especially for the last Christmas of the decade.
This year, celebrities and top nail artists are all looking to the cold winter weather for holiday nail art inspiration. Crystal nails are cool like the icicles outside, but still give you that holiday sparkle. For inspiration to create your own festive blinged-out nail design, look no further than celebs like Lizzo and Selena Gomez who both wore versions of the trending manicure to the 2019 American Music Awards.
But if the singer's over-the-top nail art is a little too extra for binge-watching Hallmark movies on your family's couch, adding just a few rhinestone decals is a subtle, but still festive alternative to fully icing out your nails.
Ahead, we've rounded up seven crystal nail art ideas to copy for your own holiday manicure — rhinestones not included.
Cardi B's Pepsi-Inspired Nails
For her Pepsi commercial, Cardi's go-to manicurist Jenny Bui matched her nails to the infamous soda can. She used OPI gel polish as a base, then embellished her nails with over 500 Swarovski crystals.
Nail artist Betina Goldstein added a rhinestone border to her nails for a little bit of holiday sparkle.
Metallic accents really pop against neutral nail polish. Case in point: This subtle rhinestone nail design by celebrity nail artist Michelle Humphrey.
Lizzo's Iced-Out Crystal Nails
For Lizzo's manicure, celebrity nail artist Eri Ishizu painted her nails with the "Glitter to My Heart" shade from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection, then used a base coat and LED light to place and set the rhinestones onto the nail. A few layers of a gel top coat was painted on last to keep the stones from popping off. In the words of Lizzo, the final manicure was "looking good as hell."
Rainbow Rhinestone Stripes
Selena Gomez's Iridescent Crystal Nails
Gomez's nail artist Tom Bachik layered OPI's "Baby Take a Vow," a barely-there pink with the brand's "Pay Pay Me in Rubies" chrome powder for the base. Then, he added Swarovski crystals in different ornate patterns on each nail.
Instead of a neutral base, Gina Edwards painted the nails black and placed gold and silver crystals all over for a studded effect.