Winter’s Breakout Manicure Puts A Fresh Spin On Classic Red Polish

If you walk into a nail salon for a manicure between now and Valentine's Day, chances are the red bottles on the shelf — like velvet burgundy, sparkling cranberry, and bright candy apple — will jump out at you more than they ever do in the spring, summer, or autumn.

But this season, rather than sticking to your usual OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress, consider upgrading your classic mani with trendy red nail art. From cranberry foil to blazing leopard spots and bitty hearts, find the Instagrammable nail design to DIY at home — or bring to your next appointment.

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Color Camp, West Hollywood's cool-girl nail salon, calls this clean cranberry foil look, "the perfect Thanksgiving side."
Transition your remixed French tip into winter with an orange-red base and leopard spots.
Hearts aren't exclusive to Valentine's Day; in fact, they're much cooler (and less cutesy) a few months in advance.
We're very into these minimalist burgundy halfsies, which nail pro Betina Goldstein designed using Essie nail polish in the shade Bubbles Only.
When everyone else is doing candy-cane stripes, go for red swirls; this artist used Paintbox polish in Like Desire. Also try Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Double Decker Red.
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Consider a cuticle stripe to anchor your bubbly red nail art.
The still-trendy gradient manicure goes seasonal with an ombré blend of reds.
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