After a year that has been, well, less than sparkly, it stands to reason that the latest manicure trend to take over Instagram has decidedly gone in the opposite direction. Cue: Velvet nails.
Spearheaded by Los Angeles-based nail artist Amy Le, who shared a version of the look she dubbed "green velvet" to the tune of over 42,000 likes, the look is glittery but features an emphasis on texture that's almost holographic when it catches the light, creating the illusion that you have actual velvet on your nails.
Think: 'festive' without going full-blown Rudolph.
Of course, there's no need to stick to traditional Christmas colours, with the glitter factor giving it the 'oomph' necessary to make it a statement look, regardless of hue. It looks particularly striking on darker shades, such as purple and navy, but works equally well to give subtle neutrals some added pizzazz.
Check out the variations below for some velvet nails inspiration.
While it's a look arguably best left to the professionals (especially if you don't have the patience for doing multiple coats), it's surprisingly achievable at home.
To try your hand at it from home, you'll need what's called 'flocking powder', sometimes referred to simply as 'nail powder' and a base gel colour of your choice. For all this DIY action, we recommend getting your mitts on a gel manicure kit avec LED lamp to cure the polish.
As for how you get the look? Simply apply the base coat of choice, then take an eye shadow applicator and dip it into the powder after you've cured your base and coat of colour. Pat the powder onto your nail bed and use a buffing motion to spread it across the nail, being careful not to go over the same section too many times. Once you've achieved the desired effect, apply the top coat and seal it under the lamp.
Of course, if all of that is too much hassle, we recommend getting yourself a one-stop-shop polish, like the aptly named 'Gay Ponies Dancing In The Snow' by Smith & Cult below.