Wintry nail polish colors are one of those slices of joy we rely on as the months start to turn bitterly cold and gloomy. Aside from carrying our love of Pumpkin Spice Lattes well beyond fall and wrapping ourselves back in our favorite sweaters, the easiest way to lift our spirits as beauty enthusiasts is with a simple burgundy manicure or quick shimmery nail art.
Sure, your hands spend most of the winter months in gloves or jacket pockets, but that doesn’t take away from the joy of a little color on your fingertips. With the mittens off, nothing looks quite as chic as a mug of life-support hot coffee like a manicure wintry nail colorswhether dark and bold, bright and cheerful or simple and transparent.
Although classic hues like Essie Bordeaux and OPI Malaga Wine come to mind when we think of winter – let’s face it, you might have been wearing them by the time the first signs of autumn made themselves felt – there really are no rules for seasonal nail shades more. And with old ’90s favorites returning faster than we can keep up and chrome finishes on the rise, anything goes. When it comes to nails, there is only one (very important) rule to remember: wear colors that make you happy.
Here you will find the best Nail polishes for the whole winter, according to some of the top nail professionals in the business. There’s something for everyone and every skin tone: colors inspired by seasonal phenomena, sweet treats and the celebrations that warm our hearts when it’s cold outside. We’ll also show you how you can carry the glazed donut trend into the cooler months.
Oh, and the key to a happy manicure is a well-groomed one too. Moisturize those cuticles and hydrate your hands with oils and creams. That way they feel as good as they look.
Meet the experts:
- Christine Doan, nail expert and content creator based in, Los Angeles, California
- Metta Francis, a nail technician and founder of Nails by Mets, based in London, UK
- Rachel Apfel Glass, Founder of GLOSSLAB, based in New York, NY
- Sadie Jordan, nail expert and content creator, based in London, UK
- Leighton Denny MBE, nail expert and founder of Leighton Denny
- Stephanie Staunton, famous nail artist, based in London, UK
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