- For winter nail-art inspiration, sometimes it helps to look to the stars.
- Celestial nail art is all over Instagram and is an easy way to try an intricate-looking nail design.
- Celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein told POPSUGAR how to achieve the trend.
As the incredibly tumultuous year that was 2022 comes to an end, some of us are getting into the holiday spirit the only way we know how: getting our nails done. With the inevitable barrage of holiday-inspired nail art that finds its way to our Instagram feeds every December, it can be easy to revert back to a basic red or green polish when the options get overwhelming. Yet there’s one winter manicure trend that puts the stars right at your fingertips and looks great no matter how simple or intricate: celestial nails.
Perfect for adding a bit of whimsy to any nail design, celestial nails can be surprisingly easy to achieve. “This look definitely needs a chrome detail,” celebrity nail artist Elle Gerstein previously told POPSUGAR. “I think gold against matte, as well as gold against light and baby blue, translates the best in order to give you that starry-night effect.” She recommended using gray and blue nail-polish colors for the base and silver and gold for detailing. Oh, and don’t forget glitter — Gerstein said that’s necessary for replicating stars.
Whether you want to try your hand at the dreamy design at home or take a screenshot of your favorite inspiration photo for your next trip to the salon, we’ve rounded up the best celestial nail-art designs that will keep your mani looking next-level ethereal ahead.