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The Best New Year's Eve Nail Designs

By Julia Richardson and Finlay Ferdinand - 6 months ago | Updated
New Year's Eve Nail designs

Start the year right with an incredible New Year's nail design that screams partay!

This season is one of the only times of the year – okay, besides Halloween – when you can really push the boat out with how creative you want to be with your nails.

And that’s where we come in, with some of the cutest, sparkliest and most creative designs, perfect for flaunting at any New Year's Eve event. You may not have someone to kiss when the clock strikes 12 but at least you’ll have incredible nails to admire and plenty of compliments throughout the evening.

From shimmery glitter nails to nails fancier than a Van Gogh painting, here at Cosmetify you can find a huge array of design ideas.

1. Disco Sparkle

Get on those dancing shoes and make a statement with light emitting, disco ball inspired nails. These nails demand attention and are destined to be the stand out feature of your New Year's outfit.

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Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint - USNP5-Moonfish

Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint

£3.99
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Shrine Biodegradable Glitter - Silver

Shrine Biodegradable Glitter

£5.95
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2. Ombre Glitter

Who doesn’t love glitter? This New Year’s nail design is a favourite and for good reason – not only is it super chic, but also incredibly easy to achieve at home. All you need is to apply layers of polish to the tip of your nail until the desired coverage is achieved.

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Nails Inc The Future Is Fairy Nail Polish Duo

Nails Inc The Future Is Fairy Nail Polish Duo

£15.00
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3. Golden Sparks

These beautiful gold-speck nails definitely add sparkle, but are still perfect for those who want to spice things up without going OTT. Glitter polishes look beautiful with or without a base coat, which means this design is super simple, and who doesn't love that?

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Nails Inc Trend Duo Champagne Shine Nail Polish Duo

Nails Inc Trend Duo Champagne Shine Nail Polish Duo

£15.00
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4. Holographic

Get show-stopping holographic nails to catch that strobe lighting and leave everyone in awe. Barry M's range gives you beautiful and shimmering colour with an innovative, vegan formula that reflects the light like no other.

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Ciaté London Gelology Paint Pot - Sized After Dark

Ciaté London Gelology Paint Pot

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5. Funky Animal Print

This multicoloured cheetah print is full of life and personality, and totally in this season. It has a retro '80s feel and we're living for it! All you'll need is your favourite polish colours (make sure they're bright), then you can create a gradient effect using a sponge.

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Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

£20.00
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6. Brush paint

This nail design is creative, cute and very niche – but despite looking difficult, it's fairly simple to achieve. If you don't believe us, just look at this video by Paulina's Passions on how to master the technique:

7. Negative Space

Negative space nails are quick, easy and look extremely glamorous, making them perfect if you're stuck on what design to do. Once you delve into all the fabulous negative space nail designs we can guarantee you'll be hooked.

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Rimmel 60 Seconds Glitter Nail Polish

Rimmel 60 Seconds Glitter Nail Polish

£2.29
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8. Confetti

What says New Year celebrations better than confetti? This is a colourful, fun and all round happy design that will make any nails stand out this festive season.

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Elegant Touch Luxe Looks Glitter Bae

Elegant Touch Luxe Looks Glitter Bae

£8.95
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9. Minimal & Cute

Simplistic but impeccable, this bold cuticle-highlighting design will warrant every compliment it gets (and we promise, there'll be a lot of them). Plus, it goes with any outfit – need to change your dress last minute? Well, that's no problem with these nails.

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Nails Inc Fashion Fix Velvet Velour Nail Polish

Nails Inc Fashion Fix Velvet Velour Nail Polish

£8.80
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10. Stars

This design is cute, versatile and will make your nails look picture-ready from Christmas to the New Year. For a more vibrant and glam finish, you can paint on stars in any colour.

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essie Nail Polish 13.5ml - 79 Sand Tropez

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£6.35
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11. Black Magic

Cast a magical spell onto your fingertips with this ultra-smooth design. It comes popping with sparkles that add some pizazz to your New Year and it leaves a beautiful matte finish. This look is bound to get you noticed by midnight.

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essie Nail Polish 13.5ml - 88 Licorice

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£6.35
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12. Prosecco Perfection

Raise a toast to the New Year in style with this beautiful Prosecco inspired design, for an all-round glittery sparkle. Unleash your inner dancing Queen at the Zoom Christmas party this year and create this look with precision. Complete this look and put the Pro in Prosecco!

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ORLY Nail Polish Halo

ORLY Nail Polish Halo

£10.50
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13. Galactic Gaze

Create an out-of-this-world look with this shimmering design. If you're not feeling confident at attempting fiddly nail art, then why not play it safe with this sparkling glaze of glitter. Just apply a few coats onto your fingertips and let Barry M do all the work!

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Barry M Classic Nail Paint - Masquerade

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

£1.79
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14. Unicorn Glow

Sparkle like a unicorn with this fairy dust, pigmented 3D nail polish duo. Pair them together or separately and achieve this magical look that will leave your fingertips with a long-lasting holographic glow.

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Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

£12.00
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15. Diamond Diva

Why not stand out from the crowd this New Years with this stunning, dramatic, eye-catching look? Shine bright like a diamond with these dazzling winter nails that will give you some extra pigmented sparkle.

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Elegant Touch Luxe Looks Total Sass

Elegant Touch Luxe Looks Total Sass

£8.95
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16. Grey Babe

Mature, sophisticated and sparkling. We love this glamorous, grey-t (great) design and this colour scheme goes with any New Years outfit. And if you're not feeling the sparkle, this look can be created with just a matte grey finish or you can opt for metallic silver for low-key shine.

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Barry M Classic Nail Paint - Whimsical Dreams

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

£1.79
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Nails Inc Steely Stare Chrome Nail Varnish

Nails Inc Steely Stare Chrome Nail Varnish

£15.00
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17. Champagne Chic

Bring on the bubbles when the clock strikes 12 or even before! Haters will be JEL when they see you with this fabulous champagne flute design at your fingertips.

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Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint - MTNP13-Holographic Moon

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint

£2.39
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18. Gold Dust

We all know that NYE is the one night of the year that you can go OTT with glam so why not be the golden girl at the New Year's Eve party? This look is simple and easy to create, let your fingertips elegantly show off these illuminated, pigmented gold flakes.

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Barry M Classic Nail Paint - Pure Sunshine

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

£1.79
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19. Nighttime nails

Everyone knows that black and gold are the classic colour-themed duo for NYE. So why not spice them up with this starry-night-sky design? This look has left us feeling all starry-eyed!

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Max Factor Nailfinity X-Press Gel Nail Polish - The Finale 100

Max Factor Nailfinity X-Press Gel Nail Polish

£5.35
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20. Firework Fiesta

And now for our final finale! What better way to finish off this NYE nail designs blog than with these fiery firework fingernails? See the New Year in with style, with this super cool look, whether you're watching real fireworks or not this year, be sure to go out with a bang!

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There you have it: 20 of the finest nail designs for you to rock to any New Year's Eve celebration.

Don't forget to check out our Christmas nail art ideas and our ultimate guide to nail art, too! And if you want to give the gift of nail happiness, take a look at our nail varnish gift sets.

Julia Richardson

Written by Julia Richardson

With a passion for all things beauty and makeup, along with a degree in creative writing, Julia is a great source of knowledge about the latest must-have products.