Easy DIY nail ideas for a party-perfect manicure


Give yourself the gift of bright, shimmering nails during the holiday break with these three looks, designed exclusively for The Post by nail artist Yukie Miyakawa.

“It’s always good to go ‘bling-bling’ for the holiday season,” says Miyakawa, who likes blending glitter and classic festive colors for a party-ready manicure. Plan on blocking aside up to an hour — from start to finish — for each of these featured designs. “If you don’t make the time for the art,” she says, “it’s not going to happen.”

“Polka dots are an easy and classic look,” says Miyakawa. But rather than dabbing on polish for the dots, she uses flecks of glitter for a festive twist.

First, brush nails with a clear base coat, such as Zoya Naked ($12 at Ulta.com). Add two coats of a bright, Kris Kringle red lacquer, such as Love My Nails by ORLY ($9.99 at Ulta.com). While that dries, drop several globs of a clear polish with large flecks of gold glitter (JINsoon Bijou, $18 at JinSoon.com, works well here) onto a paper plate. Use a toothpick to lift and place a chunk of glitter onto the nail. Repeat, adding a half-dozen pieces of glitter onto each nail until dotted with gold. Wait two to three minutes, then cover with a clear top coat, such as Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($9.95 at Ulta.com).