Well, folks, we're officially approaching the final frontier of 2020: the holiday season.
And no matter what you do or don't celebrate, the last few months of the year are always a great reason to take your manicure up a few notches — even if you'll only be showing your nails off on Zoom.
With COVID-19 numbers on the rise once again, by the time the holidays roll around, you may feel more comfortable painting them yourself at home, regardless of your skill level.
Good thing we found seven easy mani ideas that even the newest of newcomers to the nail game can master in just a few steps.
All of our picks, ahead.
Keep It Simple
It goes without saying that this has been a chaotic year. So if you'd rather not bring the drama with your manicure, that's completely understandable. To create this look, just grab a pack of Color Street's polish strips, and apply one to each nail, then you're done. Yes, it's really that simple.
To shop: $12; colorstreet.com
If you don't have a steady hand, no worries, because this mani requires anything but. Simply paint on your base color, then choose three others to swipe onto the tape strip. When you're ready, cut out triangular shapes (they don't need to be perfect), stick them on your nails, then finish off with a top coat. While vlogger Kelli Marissa used white, green, gold, and red for her nails, feel free to use whatever color scheme suits what you're celebrating this holiday season.
Much like Color Street, Incoco makes the DIY mani a breeze with pre-made polish strips. The best part about this particular set is that with its negative space design, your nails will still look great and fresh as it grows out.
To shop: $4; ulta.com
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It’s the Little Things
If you already have a festive base color in mind, and only want to add a little something extra to your nails, look no further. Olive & June's Nail Art Stickers offer a variety of teeny tiny embellishments you can use to create your own custom manicure — and you can use as many or as little as you'd like. When you're done, just paint on a layer of top coat to seal them on.
To shop: $8; target.com
All the Glitter
Take glitz to the next level with this incredibly easy look. Start by painting your nails any color you'd like. Let that layer dry, then add a glittery polish on top. Keep adding more coats of the glitter polish, moving more and more upwards each time to create an ombre effect, then voila! Easy as that.
Mix It Up
Creating a different look for each nail can take a lot of time, so let Dashing Diva do it for you. This pack of polish strips comes with three different designs, so make your holiday mani into whatever you want it to be.
To shop: $8; ulta.com
May All Your Christmases Be Golden and White
The French manicure made yet another comeback in 2020, so why not put a holiday spin on the classic look? You can either use your favorite white polish, along with solid and glittery gold paints to recreate this look, or you can cop the nail stickers from Etsy. Your nails, your choice.
To shop: $3; etsy.com
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