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Holiday 2009 Nail Polish Trends

Deborah Lippman Talks About Holiday Nail Trends

The bad news? My heater went out in the middle of a cold spell here in San Francisco. The good news? While waiting for the repairman, I happened to be home to catch The Martha Stewart Show, where nail polish guru Deborah Lippmann was a guest. Lippmann, who Martha Stewart referred to as "Debbie," provided some great tips on keeping nails looking right on-trend for the holidays. Find out her festive nail polish suggestions for the holidays, all of which are available for purchase on her website for $16 each, when you read more.

  • Go on green: Greens and grays are really hot right now. Try Don't Tell Mama, a shimmery blue-green, or Wicked Game, a green-gray-lavender iridescent that, according to Lippmann, "reads different on different skin tones."
  • The hot finishes: Looking for an extra-special touch? Hit the glitter, shimmer, or iridescence. "It's all about having a party on your nails," she says. Try Marquee Moon, a sequined silver with larger bits of glitter, that, depending on each swipe, might yield lots of glitter per nail, or just a fleck. Also suggested? Ruby Red Slippers, a shimmering ruby red, and Happy Birthday, a multicolored shimmer, which can be worn over a sheer pink to create a pretty and fun holiday nail.
  • Designer nails: When Tom Ford suggested a color for a nail polish, Lippmann made it happen. Dark Side of the Moon, a creamy shade of aubergine, is perfect for the season.
  • Layer it up: For instant holiday-ready nails, simply layer polish colors, a great option when time is limited. Lippmann suggests layering Stop and Stare, a creamy rouge, over Nefertiti, a shiny gold, which creates "just a delicious holiday red," she says.
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