No coincidence that the bleakest stretch of the year is the first months of the calendar, give or take.The hopeful netherworld between the deflated winter holidays and distant-seeming spring fever is the perfect space for incubating ideas and experimenting with new looks. After all, a whole lotta future planning is done now, whether with New Year’s resolutions, astrological forecasts, or in brainstorming ways to reinvigorate your sense of style once the layers eventually come off. All 12 signs of the zodiac have something different to look forward to in 2016. Guided by the ruling themes of your element—Earth, Air, Fire, or Water—we created four distinct manicures for each, along with what’s to come in 2016. Click on, and wear your cosmic connection on your sleeve, er, nails.
Photography and creative direction by Tory Rust; styled by Marley Cohen; nail art by Gracie J, The Editorial Nail; Modeled by Sharon Piccininni; illustrated by Tyler Spangler; jewelry by Susan Alexandra and Kara Ross.