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The Best New Year's Eve Nail Designs

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

Start the year right with an incredible New Year's nail art 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 nail polish.

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.

Get the look:

Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint

Shrine Biodegradable Glitter

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.

Get the look:

Revolution Glitter Crush Nail Polish

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?

Get the look:

Ciaté London Antique Brooch Paint Pot

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.

Get the look:

Ciaté London Gelology Paint Pot

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 quick drying polish colours (make sure they're bright), then you can create a gradient effect using a sponge.

Get the look:

Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

6. Brush paint

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

Brushworks Crystal Cuticle Sticks

Nails Inc Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish Set

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.

Get the look:

Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Shades Of Black Nail Polish

Rimmel 60 Seconds Glitter Nail Polish

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.

Get the look:

Barry M Pick 'n' Glitz Kit

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.

Get the look:

Revolution Ultimate Nudes Gel Nail Polish

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.

Get the look:

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer - Ask The Magic 8 Ball

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer

£12.00 £15.00 (20% off)

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.

Get the look:

Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish

Note Cosmetics Matte Top Coat

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!

Get the look:

Note Cosmetics Gel Look Nail Enamel

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

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!

Get the look:

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

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.

Get the look:

Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo Kit

£12.00 £15.00 (20% off)

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.

Get the look:

Revolution Holographic Nail Polish

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.

Get the look:

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

Max Factor Masterpiece X-Press Nail Polish

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.

Get the look:

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint

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.

Get the look:

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

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 gel nail polish design? This look has left us feeling all starry-eyed!

Get the look:

Max Factor Nailfinity X-Press Gel Nail Polish

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!

Get the look:

Revolution Jewel Nail Polish Set

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 range of cuticle care, nail treatment kits and nail gift sets too!

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.

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