The Best New Year's Nails

By Finlay Ferdinand - 1 year ago | Updated
New Year's Eve Nail designs

Start 2019 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.

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.

Get the look with Deborah Lippmann Stronger Created with Kelly Clarkson and Orly Mini Mani Nail Polish - Metallics - Shine.

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.

Get the look with Nails Inc The Future Is Fairy Nail Polish Duo.

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?

Get the look with Barry M Nail Paint Fortune Teller.


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.

Get the look with Ciaté London Gelology Paint Pot.

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.

Get the look using various colours and, of course, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Colour for the cheetah prints.

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:

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.

Get the look with Nails Inc Holler Graphic Nail Polish and L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Lacquer.


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.

Get the look with Mavala Mini Colour Nail Polish Blush Colour Collection.

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.

Get the look with ORLY Rehab Breathable Nail Varnish.


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.

Get the look with essie Nail Colour 1 Blanc.

There you have it: 10 of the finest nail designs for you to rock to any New Year's Eve celebration.

Don't forget to check out our Top 9 Christmas Day Nail Art Ideas, too! And if you want to give the gift of nail happiness, take a look at our nail varnish gift sets.