The Nail Polish Trends That You'll Be Wearing Well Into 2018

Nail trends by the seasons are pretty predictable: soft watercolours for spring (groundbreaking), candy-hued brights for summer, and moodier reds, blues, and greys for fall and winter. But then there's this kind of unique period - from 1st December until New Year's Day — where chic and sophisticated goes out the window in favour of red-and-green glitter and candy-cane stripes.

But you don't have to fall victim to the tacky Christmas manicure; we're seeing a nail trend that'll work for all your upcoming parties and well into 2018. It's fun, it's festive, but it can also go subtle and low-key. It's time to get reacquainted with shimmer.

Nail pro Jessica Washick says she loves shimmer (note: not glitter) on nails right now because it gives a frosted and diffused shine. “Shimmers are so fun for the Christmas season and beyond," she explains. "They’re not hard to remove the way glitter can be, and they help create an elevated look." And celebrity nail artist Whitney Gibson agrees that both chromes and iridescent colours are going to be big this season."I think having a futurist, unpredictable finish on your nails can be the wild card element in your look — dressy but also chill," she says.

Ahead, our favourite ways to wear the finish.

@paintboxnails
This is silver's sweet spot: shiny chrome that's also inexplicably a bit matte and gritty.
@aliciatnails
Mirrored nails are edgy, on-trend, and chic.
@delicacy_nails
Honestly, silver shimmer polish was made for Kirakira.
@jinsoon
More of a golden girl? Do your thing.
@nailsinc
A shimmery chrome finish makes light pink feel a little less cutesy.
@whitneygnails
The shimmer is barely detectable here... until the polish hits the light.
@tombachik
Nothing says femme fatale quite like talons dripping in the most high-shine black lacquer. Just don't forget the vampy lip.
@jinsoon
Work some negative space into a dark, shimmery navy.
@aliciatnails
We're getting lost in this marbled mani.
@zoyanailpolish
For a more subtle take on the trend, you can revamp the average nude by popping on a shimmer finish. Washick recommends a coat of Deborah Lippmann's Whatever Lola Wants on top of your go-to neutral polish to get that frosted finish.
@cassmariebeauty
And it doesn't need to be a full sparkle finish — a tiny shimmer detail adds dimension to an otherwise basic nail look.
@oliveandjune
We may be over the unicorn product trend, but we'll be into the magical holographic effect for a long time to come.
@whitneygnails
A holographic overlay makes a pale pink shade way more eye-catching.
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