'Tis the season for dazzling nail trends, and this year, the spotlight extends beyond manicures to include the perfect holiday pedicures. Whether you're ringing in the season from the warmth of somewhere tropical, or cozying up at indoor parties, it's the opportune time to pamper your feet and step into the festive spirit.
In our quest for the latest trends, we turn as always to the experts and celebrities to find out what’s in, what to try, and – for pedicure industry professionals – what to expect.
1. Grays & Steels: Elevating Neutrals with an Edgy Twist
Putting a fresh spin on the timeless neutral, gray, this season introduces steel-blues and chromes, adding a touch of winter edginess. Bustle reports that luminaries like Beyoncé, Kylie Jenner, Zendaya, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Kourtney Kardashian Barker have been spotted flaunting shiny chrome nails, giving the classic gray a modern and glamorous upgrade.
2. Whites & Nail Art: Embracing Creativity in Winter Hues
White nail polish takes center stage, serving both as a standalone color and as a canvas for winter-inspired nail art. According to expert manicurist Liz Smith, quoted in Cosmopolitan, “The winter and holiday season is going to be all about embracing nail art. Whether it's one accent nail or a design on all 10, fun and festive nails are showing up, like negative-space looks, French tips, and colorful swirls.”
3. Reds & Burgundies: Classic Elegance Reimagined
Classics never go out of style, and red nails make a striking comeback in various shades, from near-neon scarlet to deep ruby hues. Whether you buy into the "Red Nail Theory" circulating on TikTok or not, the allure of red nails remains timeless and irresistibly attractive, making them a staple trend during the holiday season.
4. Jewel Tones: Emeralds and Sapphires: Ornamental Opulence for Your Toes
For a touch of opulence reminiscent of holiday ornaments, jewel tones like emeralds and sapphires shine bright. Whether applied as glazes or sparkles, this style adds a luxurious and festive flair to your pedicure, turning your toes into miniature treasures.
5. Brown & Black: Daring Pigments for Winter Drama
Bid farewell to the glazed donut and barbie-core pink trends of summer; this winter, it's all about embracing daring pigments. Glossy black and rich chocolate brown take the spotlight, offering a sophisticated and daring alternative to the lighter shades of the warmer months.
As we step into the holiday season, we’re loving the emphasis on pedicures (right now, and all year round). From the edgy allure of steel-blues to the classic elegance of reds, the festive season invites a creative exploration of colors and designs for your toes. And whether you opt for ornamental jewel tones or embrace the drama of glossy black and chocolate brown, these trends promise to add a touch of glamour and sophistication to your holiday look.
So, kick off your shoes and celebrate the season with a pedicure that reflects your style and the festive spirit.