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Festive Nail Art Looks To See Out 2020 With A Glittery Bang

Christmas socialising in 2020 might look like a lot of dialling in for virtual drinks but that doesn’t mean we’re planning to dial down our festive vibe. Judging by its brand-new Shine Bright collection, OPI is on exactly the same page.

Bursting with sparkle, the 15-shade range has been dreamed up in partnership with Swarovski and marries nail polish with the irresistible gleam of precious gemstones. From chic pearlescents to glistening fine glitter, punchy holographics and chunky sequin flecks, there’s a colour and level of shimmer to suit every mood. To really turn up the volume, combine your shade with genuine Swarovski crystals from the OPI Shine Bright Nail Art Kit. (We’re very tempted to stud our nails with all of them at once for socially distanced maximum impact.)

With all this choice, Shine Bright is top of our gift list for mani-loving mates and Secret Santas. Not forgetting one (or three) for ourselves of course – just to, you know, see us through the season. We gave a few of the new Shine Bright bottles to R29 staffers and challenged them to go wild with their 2020 festive nail look. From gradients to graphic designs and crystal nail art glam, read on for glitter-loaded nail inspo…

Anna Jay, Art DirectorI really enjoy painting my nails. As a creative person, I like the format of such a small canvas on which to create, one which can constantly change and be updated. It’s especially fun during the festive period as there is lots of room to be playful, using different colours but also glitter and metallics.

For my festive look I started off priming my nails with OPI Infinite Shine Primer. Once this was set, I applied two coats of shade “Naughty Or Ice?” which is a really soft, pearlescent silver-pink. I wanted to create a gradient using a darker tone for a minimal but still elevated design so I used the inbuilt brush to build up layers of the darker metallic shade “Tinsel Tinsel ‘Lil Star” starting from the base of my nail up. This took two to three layers of gradually building up colour and was really easy to do. Paired with a red knit, this metallic pop has really got me in the festive mood – pass the mulled wine!

OPI Infinite Shine Naughty or Ice? – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Tinsel, Tinsel ‘Lil Star – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

Laurene Mpia, Production ManagerNails are a BIG thing for me. Anyone who knows me well is aware that I am obsessed with my nails being done and looking clean. It’s slightly obsessive sometimes as I do them twice week; it’s almost like therapy.
When it comes to choosing colours, my style is very minimalistic. I have my go-to colours, which I change around throughout the seasons and depending on the length of my nails. The only occasions I would make an exception and go outside my comfort zone are my birthday, during summer and particularly Christmas. The festive spirit gets me very excited and I think about how I can upgrade my nail looks from the previous years. Red is usually the winner. A bold red with a glossy top coat is the perfect combo: simple and straight to the point.

A woman always needs diamonds in her life, right? This year, OPI’s collaboration with Swarovski got me even more excited than usual. OPI’s “Red-y for the Holidays” is my favourite red polish and paired with Swarovski crystals, it looks fresh and festive but still minimal at the same time.

I tried to keep it simple but with a festive touch. What I love about this nail look is that it’s super easy to make, doesn’t take too much of your time and the result is beyond what I initially expected. I feel like a professional nail artist could have done it and it saved me going to a beauty salon!

OPI Infinite Shine Red-y For The Holidays – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Shine Bright Collection Infinite Shine Trio Pack, $, available at OPI

Tamar Riley, VP Audience & Content Strategy  There are only two times of year I deviate from a fortnightly routine of OPI‘s “Black Cherry Chutney” polish. The first being bright cocktail colours for summer days, the second being a subtle flash of sparkle to brighten up winter parties – if on Zoom, so be it!

The OPI shade “Heart & Coal” perfectly fits my winter party brief. It’s a luxurious pitch black, matching the now 5pm night sky, and with small fine-grain sparkles, matching the bubbles in my party drink! It’s super glossy and the glitter doesn’t disrupt the surface shine. My nail artist* and I went for a simple graphic – after all, who can see complicated design detail on an old laptop camera or from 6 feet?! To add a little bit of festive flashiness, I chose a leaf of gold foil on my ring fingers. The perfect nail look to get into the festive spirit!

*This nail art manicure took place in October, before lockdown.

OPI Infinite Shine Heart And Coal – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

Sohini Gogel, VP Production & DeliveryIt is important to take care of myself and have some me-time. For me, pampering always goes with painting my nails and having some fun doing so. On Sundays and to prepare for celebrations to come, I make myself a cup of tea and opt for my favourite OPI Infinite Shine in pink and gold – these colours go SO well together – and then it’s all about letting my creativity run free. It takes a bit of trial and error but I love to make different shapes with different colours, doubling the pink and gold on one nail and creating small dots of gold… The result is always unique. These two colours are subtle and natural while also feeling festive. I finish off with a layer of OPI’s top coat to give it that extra shine!

OPI Infinite Shine This Gold Sleighs Me – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Snowfalling For You – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

Chemmie Squier, Associate Creative DirectorOver the last couple of years, I’ve really got into nail art. As someone whose staple outfit is usually jeans and a nice top in one form or another, over-the-top nails are the way I amp up my look, get creative and feel like I’ve made more of an effort than I actually have. While this festive period will look a little different from last year’s, I’m still taking it as an excuse to go all out with my nails – this is the proof!

I like to think of this look as a fun and festive take on the French tip with the classic curve replaced with painterly, tinsel-esque lines. My professional nail artist* used the OPI shades “Tinsel Tinsel ‘Lil Star”, “Merry In Cranberry”, “Let’s Take An Elfie” and “Snowfalling For You” and I love how the shimmery pinks, purple and silver are different from classic Christmas tones while still giving that winter party vibe. To add even more sparkle (there is never enough, IMO) I opted for small Swarovski Crystals from the OPI Shine Bright Kit, placed just above my cuticles.

The result? Nails I can’t stop staring at and will be flashing on Zoom (and hopefully IRL) at any opportunity.

*This nail art manicure took place in October, before lockdown.

OPI Infinite Shine Merry In Cranberry – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Let’s Take An Elfie – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine This Gold Sleighs Me – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Snowfalling For You – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Tinsel, Tinsel ‘Lil Star – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

Jessica Morgan, Staff WriterIf there’s one thing that I stick to in life, it is the colour of my nails. Nothing beats a classic red; it goes with everything and remains the chicest nail colour all year round. With that said, come Christmas I like to elevate it with a bit of sparkle. This year I decided to update the classic red mani with a shimmer of gold and Swarovski crystals.I gave myself a manicure using OPI’s Infinite Shine “Red-y For The Holidays”, swiping lacquer across my nails twice for an even look. Then I used the OPI Swarovski crystals to add dimension at the tips of my nails where they would catch the light really nicely. I used tweezers to pick up the individual crystals, swiped some nail glue on them and stuck them down one by one. I didn’t want to overdo it so I kept it simple, with three crystals on one hand and one on the other. Next came the gold shimmer. I poured some of OPI’s Infinite Shine in shade “This Gold Sleighs Me”, which is a gorgeous warm, shimmery gold, onto some kitchen foil. I then dipped a ball point in and gently placed the colour on my nail. The combination of red and gold is foolproof; it goes with everything and even if your manicure isn’t perfect, your nails still look really festive! The added sparkle of the Swarovski crystals makes the look. I’m obsessed.

OPI Infinite Shine Shine Bright Collection Infinite Shine Trio Pack, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine Red-y For The Holidays – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI

OPI Infinite Shine This Gold Sleighs Me – Infinite Shine, $, available at OPI


Credit: Original article published here.

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