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5 Chic & Minimalist Manicures Perfect For A Low-Key Thanksgiving

With only a week until Turkey Day 2020, we've come to terms with the fact that the holiday is going to look different this year. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, health experts suggest an at-home, no-travel Thanksgiving, which means instead of passing a communal sweet potato casserole around a table crowded with out-of-state relatives, you'll eat whatever you want and Zoom conference into family dinner from the comfort of your couch.

Despite the safety restrictions, you can still celebrate next Thursday: Pre-order a few bottles of Merlot and treat yourself to a DIY manicure beforehand. For the latter, we've rounded up the best seasonal nail-art inspiration, ahead. From glossy cranberry to plaid accents, you'll find a chic and easy manicure to make a solo Turkey Day feel extra special, even if you won't be leaving your one-bedroom apartment.

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Cranberry Blend


Upgrade an expected red or burgundy manicure with a tonal gradient — like nail artist Christiana Hooks — and you get a stylized play on the best Thanksgiving side dish.
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Plaid Print


If you have a steady hand, like editorial manicurist Betina Goldstein, you can attempt to freehand a reverse-weave plaid print. However, you can achieve the same effect with plaid-stitched stickers, which you can order now and have on your nails (to impress all your relatives) by Thursday.
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Black & Camel


According to Paintbox Studio, a trend-leading nail salon in New York City, the chicest fall color combo is this neutral mix of black and camel.
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Gold French


Nail artist Bryony Howell brings us this minimalist platinum-gold French manicure, which has us thinking we might also switch up our nail shape and try square tips.
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Crescent Moon


Whatever sweater (or sweatsuit), you're wearing Thanksgiving afternoon, you know this simple blush-toned crescent-moon manicure will match. Bonus: Paintbucket makes this exact design in nail-wrap form for easy application.
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