The Delicate Nail Art Trend We're Seeing Everywhere This Holiday Season

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In the scope of nail art, it's hard to find the sweet spot between ho-hum French tips and over-the-top glitter. One feels generic and overdone, while the other is flashy enough stop oncoming traffic with the simple flick of the wrist. But this time of year, we need something in the middle — a fresh take on the festive manicure that stops just short of tacky twinkle lights.
Luckily, the current nail trend du jour — starry nails — is both seasonally appropriate and wildly chic (according to the feeds of just about every cool-girl on Instagram). This trend will have even the most nail art-averse reaching for a striping brush or star sticker decals.
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Whether you prefer your base color in glossy black or minimalist nude, we've gathered all the nail art inspiration you need to try star nail art on your own or at your next salon appointment.
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Over a glossy nude base color, teensy accent stars are sophisticated and subtle.
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When matte black feels too boring, spice up your winter mani with a metallic polish and a skinny white star etched in the center of the nail.
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Silver glitter and mini star decals go together like a cozy, gray turtleneck and a snug pair of jeans.
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You don't have to be as talented as Vincent van Gogh to get gorgeous stars. Even if you don't have a steady hand, this celestial shape is easy to create with a striping brush — and you can disguise any mistakes with glitter.
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These star stickers from Olive & June make DIY nail art so simple — all you have to do is peel and stick 'em on.
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Remember when you used your favorite gold paint pen to draw on your nails before nail art was cool? You can use your favorite metallic polish the same way.
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More of a maximalist? Star accents can be applied over neon pink acrylics for a rad take on holiday nail art.
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For a texture play, use an iridescent polish — like this one from YSL — as a base, and add a 3-D star decal on top.
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If the typical five-pointed star feels too basic, create a constellation pattern over a glossy black base.
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Over a barely-there polish, holographic stars — like the kind you stuck to the ceiling of your childhood bedroom — become super chic.
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