- 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.