After one too many Christmases, festive periods seem to blur into an endless array of reds, greens, and glints of champagne gold. Yet every new December comes around with a warrant card summoning you to look your finest at a handful of get-togethers (even if it’s just to crumble harder into an alcohol-laden abyss after). You could get new clothes, lipsticks, and shoes, or even some bling to complete your looks, but no accessory is as versatile as nail polish.

Nail polish trends every year typically align with the hottest colours in cosmetics — and even occasionally forming the catalyst. This beauty year in colours saw nude, peach and taupe come out tops, with the hybrid beige-grey hue, greige, gaining traction. Aside from these wearable hues, nail polish trends in fall have delved into deeper, cooler hues that aren’t black (surprise!).

For the festive season, hold off the conventional red polish. If you’re getting a manicure, make it well worth the time and patience with any of the season’s biggest nail polish trends. These colours are bound to make a subtle, yet impressionable statement at the parties to come.

Cool-toned nudes

In a year that kept returning to earlier decades for inspiration, it’s expected that the ’70s love for beige experienced a grand renaissance. Though peachy nudes were the frontier, flesh tones on the cooler spectrum were much loved and especially flattering on nearly every skin tone.

Polishes: NARS “Zakynthos” and Butter London Patent Shine in “Yummy Mummy

Shades of navy

Deep blues aren’t a particularly new polish shade, but became popular again during the latter half of 2016, especially if it’s ultra-glossy navy polish. Though many find navy a daunting nail polish colour, it is a beautifully refined colour that adds flair to nearly any outfit.

Polishes: Burberry “Imperial Blue” and Nails Inc. “Richmond Park Gardens

Stone grey

Think of stone or charcoal grey polish as the meta-nude. Once you get tired of flesh tones but aren’t ready to venture into the deep end, try going for softer greys. We’re not talking metallics or silver glitter, but cool grey like pebbles in a Japanese garden.

Polishes: Chanel “Garçonne” and Sally Hansen “Earl Grey”

Forest green

Moody camouflage greens are on the rise this season. It makes for the perfect Christmas alternative aside from red, and is an interesting contrast to black or navy outfits. These are best worn on oval shaped nails for added classiness.

Polishes: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Nail Glaze in “Nirvana 128” and Nails Inc. NailKale in “Bruton Mews”

Seafoam greens

The end of the year doesn’t mean you have to be limited to moody hues. There’s no winter in Singapore either, so embrace clean, seafoam green polishes in cream finishes to make a fun statement. This colour is extremely appropriate for beach Christmases abroad.

Polishes: NCLA “Santa Monica Shore Thing” and Ciate Paint Pots in “Pepperminty”


If there’s one nail polish trend that remained a constant the entire year, it has to be holographic nails. Whether linear or diffused holo, as long as there is rainbow reflex in the shades, you’re bound to grab attention. If you’re hitting up a couple of club parties this month, give yourself a holographic manicure.

Polishes: Make Up Store “Falsal” and NCLA “The Last Siren”

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.