Whether the year 2023 was a good one or not your best, we’re ready to wave goodbye with a perfectly manicured hand and welcome in the new year. These New Year’s nail ideas for 2024 are the perfect way to do it.
From simple designs that rely heavily on the use of cool nail polish colors, to more creative designs featuring glitter, stars, pearls, and fireworks, there’s a manicure for every hand on this list. Even if your year looked more like 2020 than you care to admit.
So bring this festive list to your favorite nail tech or attempt the nail art yourself. Never too late to get started on your 2023 resolution to learn how to do cool nails, after all.
25 New Year’s Nail Ideas
1. Multicolor Starburst Nails
2. Silver Starry Nails
Peter Pan was always singing about the second star to the right. We failed astronomy, so we could never find it. But, thankfully, we didn’t fail Nail Art 101, which is where we learned that stars always belong on nails.
3. Winter Red French Tips
4. Glitter Confetti Nail Art
Ah, confetti. The one thing you really hope your friend didn’t include in her wedding invitation.
Well, if she did, after you’re done picking it off the floor, you can repurpose it in your New Year’s Eve nails. Just get the dust bunnies out first.
5. Gold and Black Glitter Stars
Manifest a better year in 2024 with some glittery French tips and perfectly-placed stars. You may not become a movie star, but you’ll still be the star of your cousin’s New Year’s Eve party. And that’s something. Right?
6. Simple Nude Studs
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. They also cost more than our rent, so we’re opting for rhinestones instead. On a simple nude nail polish base, we’re pretty sure we could do this one at home.
7. Colorful Rhinestone Studs
The holiday season is all about silver and gold, but we’d rather everything be in technicolor. Lizzie McGuire knows what’s up.
8. Pearl French Tip Nails
Diamonds are flashier, but we love this set of French-tipped nude nails with perfectly placed pearls and trendy emerald tips. Forget diamond in the rough. You’ll be a pearl in the…oyster? Yeah, we’re gonna go with that.
9. Shimmery Black Accent Nails
All black nails? That’s good if you’re in high school rebelling against your parents. They’re also good every few years when Anna Wintour says they are. But if you want to subtly embrace the dark side, add subtle black accents instead.
10. Reverse French Tips
What we love most about this neutral nail set with a swipe of gold is that it looks so hard to destroy. New Year, new us, trying desperately to make our nails not look like a chewed-up mess.
11. Firework Nails
Here’s hoping you feel some fireworks with the dude you decide to kiss at midnight. But if you’re only met with too much tongue instead, at least you can have them on your nails.
12. Holographic New Year Nails
Kick off 2024 with a fun surprise: a nail color that changes color depending on the light. It’s better than the shocker that your weird cousin actually got engaged before you.
13. Multicolor Chrome Nails
Does anyone else feel like everything in the future will be chrome? We might already be living that reality, thanks to the chrome nails trend. At least these are pretty colors.
14. Black French Tips
Class is in session. No, don’t worry, you don’t have to study. We’re talking about classy class, like these stylish and classy black French-tipped nails.
15. Gold Shimmer Nails
Question: If painting the end of your nails are French tips, what is it called when you paint on top around the cuticles? We’re gonna say…Dutch base. We acknowledge that sounds dirty. We’re workshopping it.
16. Jewel Tone Skittle Nails
Jewel tones is the singing range Jewel can reach, but it’s also a great palette to use for New Year’s Eve nails. You can don these while you discuss why Jewel is one of the most underrated singers of her time.
17. Tinsel Tips
You know what you don’t have time for between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? A manicure! Luckily, these tinsel-themed nails are perfect for both. Plus, you don’t have to risk your cat choking on the real stuff.
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18. Teal Accent Nails
Ah, teal, the color of the holiday season. Okay, maybe not, but while blacks, golds, and silvers look great together, sometimes you just need a pop of color. And teal perfectly offsets these quintessential New Year’s shades.
19. Shimmery Winter Nails
Elvis warned us about a blue Christmas, but he didn’t say anything about a blue New Year’s Eve. We assume that would be the kind we have every year, where we fall asleep with a box of chicken wings before midnight.
20. Swirly New Year’s Nails
Give your nails some dimension. And we don’t mean by entering the Twilight Zone. We mean by adding some stylish 3D swirls to a sparkly nude nail. But if your nail technician starts talking about wanting to serve mankind, run.
21. Red Accent Nails
A solid color with white snowflakes is as traditional as your uncle drinking too much and trying to tell you why you’re too woke. So, flip the script and keep white as the base with red snowflake accents. Also, keep your uncle away from the booze.
22. Golden Night Sky Nails
We’re getting glamour witch vibes from this nude nail set, and we’re here for it. Cottagecore witches had their time. It’s Glinda’s turn.
23. Metallic Bronze Nails
“That’s so metal” is what you say during that scene of Stranger Things. It’s also what you say when you check out these metallic nails. Let’s all be metalheads in 2024, like our dear Eddie Munson.
24. Gold and Black Nails
Go for the gold. And the…black? Okay, that doesn’t make sense, but what does make sense are these gold glitter-tipped black nails.
25. Champagne Manicure
Is there any other reason to stay up past midnight than for the glass of champagne promised at the end? If you love a little bubbly, add a bit to your nails. It won’t get you tipsy, but it will make you happy. And that’s (almost) good enough.
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