We try to refrain from ever using the phrase “go big, or go home,” but if there’s ever a time to use this frat-boy cliché, it’s during New Year’s Eve. Because New Year’s Eve is for trying anything and everything without caring if you look like you fell into a vat of glitter. That shimmery purple nail polish your great aunt gave you three birthdays ago? Slather it on! That jar of loose nail glitter you don’t actually know how to use? Pour it on! There really are no rules to New Year’s Eve, provided you stick to a few basic colors, and say “hell no” to holiday-themed nail art.
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So to get you in the New Year’s Eve spirit, we rounded up 17 nail designs that are simple, chic, and totally do-able, even if you’re a nail newb. Just grab a few of your favorite metallic polishes, glitter top coats, or, hell, even your little sister’s craft glitter (hot tip: you can press loose glitter into your wet polish, then paint over it with a clear top coat to set it), and try your hand—ha, sorry—at these designs. Keep reading to see our favorites!