20 Winter Nail Colors to Inspire a Season’s Worth of Manis
Ask any nail polish aficionado worth their tin of Révérence de Bastien Nail Brightness Pearly Buffing Cream, nail colors, like fruits and veggies, go in and out of season. Summer is the perfect time for pretty pinks, neons and sunny yellows. But the intensely cold, drying winter calls for deeper, darker shades. Not to mention tons of cuticle oil. So we went ahead and put together a list of our favorite winter nail colors.
Still, dark as many of them are, this season’s #trending winter nail colors are far from gloomy. Think rich, radiant purples, glittery metallics, festive greens and reds and even hints of gray. One of our top seasonal strategies? Relying on deep browns and blues that border on black. They all still pack plenty of personality, of course.
You can certainly stick to one shade at a time. Or enhance your nail art skills by experimenting with multiple colors at once. You can also just focus on the tips with a cool French mani.
All this to say, whatever your seasonal plans/aesthetic, there’s a winter nail color to match. Find it (and buy it) in the gallery below. That way you can do touch-ups all season long.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Shh…It’s Top Secret, $10.50 at OPI
A dark brown that’s almost black.
Nails inc NailPure Nail Polish in Victoria, $15 at Nails inc
This deep cherry shade simply screams winter.
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Tang Bang, $18 at Smith & Cult
The brand’s burnt orange offers a twist on traditional winter colors.
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Cooper, $12 at Zoya
Nothing says winter like a creamy olive.
Gucci Beauty Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in 700 Crystal Black, $30 at Bloomingdale’s
The perfect black.
Emilie Heathe Nail Artist Nail Polish in The Perfect Red, $28 at Nordstrom
A true holiday red.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Velvet, $22 at Paintbox
Paintbox’s stone shade will have you longing for gray days.
Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in One Piece or Two?, $9.50 at Ulta Beauty
A plum pick.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in 548 Blanc White, $28 at Chanel
Chanel’s pearly white is a softer take on the season.
Orly Nail Lacquer in String of Hearts, $9.50 at Orly
Have a little fun with fuchsia.
Orosa Nail Paint in Date, $9 at Beyond Polish
A delightful option this time of year.
Sundays Nail Polish in No.40, $18 at Sundays
Electric blue makes quite the impression.
Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Don't Hate, Curate, $8.97 at Walmart
Yes, you can rock yellow in winter as long as it is a more golden take.
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Nail Color in Cinna Snap, $5.99 at Ulta Beauty
This cinnamon hue will instantly warm you up.
JINsoon Nail Polish in Abyss, $18 at JINsoon
Reminiscent of the night sky.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Can’t Hold Us Down, $20 at Deborah Lippmann
The touch of gold shimmer makes this caramel season-appropriate.
Essie Nail Polish in Off Tropic, $8.99 at Target
The pine hue really pops on nails.
JINsoon Nail Polish in Chamonix, $18 at JINsoon
Nails inc Coco For Real Chocolate Scented Nail Polish in Meet Me on Mars, $7.99 at Target
For all those dark chocolate lovers…
Orly Nail Lacquer in Midnight Oasis, $9.50 at Orly
A marvelously moody gray blue.