Prep work first: Cut metallic temporary tattoos into star shapes or “borrow” some of your kid’s star stickers, says New York City manicurist Yukie Miyakawa.
Now, polish nails with Zoya Professional Lacquer in Delaney ($10), let dry completely, then apply your stars. Seal with a clear topcoat.
Paint your entire nail rose gold with Essie nail color in Gold Gilding ($11.50). Let dry (wait at least 30 minutes!), then place a piece of clear tape across the bottom half of each nail diagonally. Paint the top half emerald green with Julep nail polish in Capricorn ($14). When dry, remove the tape, and decorate with a strip of gold nail tape ($5).
For a straight edge, apply tape across the bottom half of your nail, says Miyakawa. Paint the top with SinfulColors Professional Polish in Poisonberry ($3).
When dry, remove tape and use a dotting tool ($4) or a bobby pin to add SinfulColors Professional Polish in Spiked Cider to the center for a glitzy touch.
The imPRESS. Press-On Manicures ($7 for a pack of 30) are long-lasting and real-looking! Our office is gaga for seasonal patterns like the Santa suit (called Picture Perfect), Rudolph (called Symphony), and a Fair Isle sweater (called Full Circle).