Red, green, or glitter aren't the only festive nail polish options.

By Erin Lukas
Dec 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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When you think of holiday nail art, your mind probably goes to gold, glitter, Christmas trees, candy cane stripes, and menorahs. But if this year has you feeling a little more mellow, you'll be into the subtle nail art that's currently blowing up on Instagram.

Velvet Nails Are Trending for The Holidays
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Inspired by the dresses, jackets, tiny bags, and shoes you wear once to a work holiday party or on New Year's Eve, the textured fabric also makes for an unexpected festive manicure.

The look recently went viral after nail artist Amy Le shared the moss green velvet manicure she created on Instagram.

Le has a complete tutorial on how DIY the look on her Patreon account, but you can also give your nails a similar crushed velvet look with flocking powder, like this set from Amazon. You can either sprinkle or dip your fingertip into the powder pot after applying a base coat in order for it to adhere to the nail.

And if powder seems a little too messy, avoid having to vacuum up any spillage by simply painting your nails with a velvet matte finish polish. It won't have the same shine, but you'll get some of the texture.

The best part: unlike the velvet clothes you break out for one night of the year, this manicure will get more cost-per-wear. And it'll still feel seasonally appropriate once the holidays are over, as we get through the dead of winter.

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Ahead, some of our favorite takes on this year's velvet nails trend to inspire your own manicures.

Not into glitter but still want a holiday manicure with a bit of shine? Try Le's champagne velvet nails.

These short, almond-shaped pewter velvet nails are incredibly chic.

Velvet adds the perfect accent to any neutral manicure.

Proof that red, green, and gold aren't the only holiday colors.

Emerald green velvet looks amazing on extra long coffin nails, too. Take this look by nail artist Michelle Won, for example.