Do you have an embarrassingly vast collection of nail polishes but still can’t find a color to inspire your next mani? We’ve been there. Although, we love embracing the shades of the season, we refuse to let a good beauty stash go to waste. Breathe new life into your lacquers by layering them for new, unique shades. From transparent pairings to sparkly top coats, we’ll show you how to layer your nail polishes like a pro.
Layer more than your clothes this winter.
Mixing metallic nail polishes is just as chic as mixing metallic jewelry. Start with a rose gold base and layer a transparent silver or gold polish over it for a dramatic effect.
Nail Polish in Pastorale
Nail Polish in Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low
Nail Polish in Gilt
In The Deep
Rich, dark tones are the go-to for the winter months. Give your plain mani some depth by layering an opaque chocolate brown under a transparent burgundy.
Nail Polish in Bloodroses
Nail Polish In Dark Chocolate Brown
Dolce & Gabbana
Festive & Fancy
Dress up your holiday look with a fancy mani. Layer a gold-glitter lacquer over a black hue for a fun, gilded look. For a truly festive paint job, choose polishes that contain sparkles of all sizes.
Le Laque Couture Nail Polish in Noir Primitif
Yves Saint Laurent
Nail Polish in Whitechapel Snowflake
Nails Inc. London
Not ready to commit to a fully metallic mani? Paint haphazard silver strokes over a iridescent blue-green polish for a fun, multidimensional result.
Nail Polish In Need For Speed
‘Heirloom’ Nail Lacquer
JINsoon x Tess Giberson
Get a watercolor effect on your nails by painting them with 2 transparent polishes in similar shades. Each nail will end up a different color with varying transparencies, giving you a truly one-of-a-kind mani.
Nail Lacquer in Greyish Mauve
Nail Lacquer in Lilac Mauve
Give each polish in your collection a new look by sealing it with a matte topcoat instead of a glossy one. You can even achieve a textural result by playing with metallics under a matte finish.
Top Lacquer Matte Nail Color
Nail Lacquer in Zodiac
Go even more edgy with a black and gold manicure by adding texture. Start with a coat of black polish that dries with a rough surface and then paint a gold-flaked polish on one side of each nail.
Gold Leaf Effect Top Coat
Nail Polish In Alexa Leather
Nails Inc. London