Executive Beauty Director

I always leave dressing up to the last minute; it’s forever a panic. Then, I’m about to run out the door when I realize … nails. Few civilians, myself included, possess the skills for a five-second manicure with a dark polish; the only real last-minute option is a pale pink, nude or clear, none of which really say “party!”

I was in the panic, at my desk, and my eyes fell upon this clear-white-glitter concoction. Like the blizzard of the snow fairies in The Nutcracker, it’s sparkly and white and impossibly festive. It took five seconds, truly—one coat gets you out the door, though two is even more fabulous.

Essie Luxeffects in Sparkle on Top, $9, essie.com

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