It was way back in August that we spotted the 10 manicure trends that would be everywhere this autumn. Now, the most pressing conundrum we're facing is finding the best winter nail colours to decorate our mani-ready tips with. (Kidding, but we do take our nail game very seriously.) Of course, you have your demure, moody shades such as wine, burgundy, white and navy that feel quintessentially winter, but this season, we're playing at something different—waves of shimmering metallics in rich hues of gold, silver and rose; gemstone hues of ruby, sapphire and emerald; and if you're more of a neutral kind of person, chocolates, creams and candied pinks galore.
Ahead, we're sharing 15 of the best nail colours for winter we consistently applaud (and recommend!) here at WWW HQ. In fact, they're so pretty we know you'll be receiving compliments in droves all season long. Keep scrolling! Your nails are craving these magical winter shades.
No nail colour feels quite as glamorous as a turn of rose gold for winter. The shade has been trending for a few years now, but we swear we've never met a polish with the perfect proportion of shimmer and pigment until this Nars one came along. Post-Halloween, it was the first colour associate beauty editor Courtney Higgs and I both reached for.
Brilliant ruby red turns heads, elevates any outfit and feels undeniably holiday-esque for the perfect winter mani. Plus, it's just one of those colours that instantly make you feel happy (which we crave during the doldrum months of winter). Chanel's iconic hue, or one like it, is essential in every polish wardrobe.
A shade of chocolate brown—similar to a cosy cup of cocoa or dark-roast coffee—is an obvious choice for winter. To keep things a bit more interesting (and to invite scores of compliments), we love the colour with a hint of sparkle.
Dark red and shades of burgundy are par for the course in terms of the best winter nail colours, but a rich and moody pour of plum is slightly less expected and just as stunning. Dior's limited-edition winter shade is perfect.
We're obsessed with OPI's covetable range of nail colours (all of which are on point for winter), but there's something especially cheery and bright about the shade Princesses Rule—your quintessential ballerina pink.
We await J. Hannah's polish releases with as much passion as a child awaits the ice cream truck in the middle of July. Its latest, called Fauna, is a neutral shade of Topaz sure to steal the show (and all the compliments) this season.
A romantic shade of dusty rose is just what the doctor ordered this winter. We love that the colour gives our tips a warm dose of colour but still feels polished and relatively understated. Zoya has tons of shades within the rosy colour family, but we find ourselves coming back to this enchanting colour again and again.
Last but not least, a cool shade of ice blue never feels more warranted than the onset of plummeting temperatures and ominous snowstorms. Or, you know, opening day of Frozen 2 if you're based in a warmer locale.