Got a spare 45 mins? Recreate this manicure at home (it’s easy, we promise)

Written by Chloe Burcham

2020 has been a weird old year but among the madness, one thing we’ve come away with is a diploma in DIY beauty. If you’ve been makeshift manicuring this year, you’ll love these new year’s nail ideas…

While this New Year’s Eve might be a little (a lot) different from usual, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in style. Because let’s face it – after the year we’ve had, we’re more than ready to ring in 2021, even if it’s just with a bottle of prosecco sat in front of the telly. 

So, if you’re still planning on getting dressed up this 31 December, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the best new year nail ideas that you can recreate at home.

From festive sparkles to complete fresh starts, here are some of our favourite DIY nail art ideas, perfect for new year…

Dazzling Diamonds

Sure, it’s a pretty simple manicure but with extra festive sparkle – we love Betina R. Goldstein’s shimmering nail shade. She created this look using Essie’s Semi-Precious Tones shade from the Gorge-ous Geodes collection. 

  • Essie Gorge-ous Geodes Limited Edition Nail Polish in Semi-Precious Tones

    Shop Essie Gorge-ous Geodes Limited Edition Nail Polish in Semi-Precious Tones at lookfantastic, £7.99

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The Subtle Sparkle

If you’re not into full blown glitter, this subtle sparkle mani by nail salon Townhouse is ideal. Coat your nails in your favourite nude shade before using a shimmery shade to draw a line down the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect to look seriously chic. 

  • Mavala Twist & Shine 2020 Nail Polish Collection in Ice Twist

    Shop Mavala Twist & Shine 2020 Nail Polish Collection in Ice Twist at Nail Polish Direct, £4.68

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Easy at-home gels

Granted, this isn’t a nail art look per-se, but it is a seriously chic manicure for the new year. Using Manucurist’s Dark Night nail polish you can DIY your own gel manicure from the comfort of your couch. Plus, the clean formula polish can be removed using normal polish remover – without damaging your own nails. So handy. 

  • Manucurist Nomad Full Kit Green Flash

    Shop Manucurist Nomad Full Kit Green Flash at Manucurist, £69, includes the base coat, top coat, remover and LED light

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Fresh Slate Frenchie

While it’s probably the complete opposite of the midnight Frenchie style, this skinny squoval french mani could be the fresh start we’re all looking for heading into January 2021. Clean, simple and ready for a new year. 

  • Essie Nail Polish French Manicure Duo Kit

    Shop Essie Nail Polish French Manicure Duo Kit at Superdrug, £12.99

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Midnight Frenchie

Head into 2021 with a modern spin on an old classic: the midnight Frenchie. Using a pure black shade to fill in your usually white tips, this style is elegant with the perfect amount of edge.  

  • Rimmel Supergel Nail Polish Black Obsession

    Shop Rimmel Supergel Nail Polish Black Obsession at Superdrug, £5.49

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Golden Gems

Another Goldstein creation, this gorgeous golden mani takes it that extra step further by adorning the nails with pearl gems. Fairly easy to DIY but with a serious fancy finish, swap the pearls for diamonds, rubies or emerald gemstones – whichever you can get your hands on. 

  • Claire’s Pearl & Gems Nail Art Wheel

    Shop Claire’s Pearl & Gems Nail Art Wheel at Claire’s, £4.50

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  • Chanel Le Vernis in Chaîne D’Or

    Shop Chanel Le Vernis in Chaîne D’Or at Chanel, £22

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Image credit: Instagram @betina_goldstein

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