These Are the Best Nail Polish Colors to Wear in Winter

Who says winter nail polish colors can’t be as fun as spring and summer? While brighter colors may get pushed aside for some darker and deeper hues, it doesn’t mean you have to kiss color goodbye altogether. In fact, jewel tones are the perfect hue for winter.

Up ahead, we share some of the most popular nail polish colors to wear during the winter season.

1. Holly red

Côte No. 32 red nailpolish

A perfectly festive red. | Côte

Try: Côte No. 32

Since the winter season kicks off with the holidays, holly red is a definite must for festive manicures. Also known as ‘classic red,’ the winter nail polish shade is universal to all skin tones and since it doesn’t have blue undertones, it won’t draw attention to aging hands.

2. Emerald green

LVX Viridis green nailpolish

Another winter appropriate shade. | LVX

Try: LVX in Virdis

Another jewel tone nail polish shade that’s perfect for the winter season? Emerald green. Don’t let the word ‘green’ fool you, the richness of emerald green adds a luxury factor to manicures and is a great way to step out of your comfort zone without going too crazy.

3. Ultra violet

Butter London Panatone Purple Reign

This purple will brighten any dreary day. | Butter LONDON

Try: Butter LONDON Pantone Collection in Purple Reign

If you want a winter nail polish color that is bright, but still in line with the jewel-tone theme, try ultra violet. Named Color of the Year 2018 by Pantone, this vibrant-hued jewel tone is the perfect way to add color to your winter wardrobe.

4. Navy blue

Revlon Urban Navy Nail polish

A navy polish for a touch of whimsy. | Revlon

Try: Revlon Nail Enamel in Urban

Want a dark manicure without going full goth? Try a deep navy blue nail lacquer. Like emerald, navy blue adds a richness to your winter manicure that is still fun and fresh. Not to mention: It goes with everything!

5. Berry

Deborah Lippmann Miss Independent

A fresh shade that’s a perfect winter choice. | Barney’s New York Warehouse

Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Miss Independent

When we think of winter, we think of the seasonal fruits and berries — think: cranberries and pomegranates — we get to indulge in. So, naturally we had to include berry on our list of winter-appropriate nail polish colors. From deep pinks to pink-reds, berry shades are perfect for those who want a more classic look without going full red.

6. Plum


This dark shade is just festive enough. | Amazon

Try: essie Plums Nail Polish in Devil’s Advocate

In addition to berry, plum is another winter nail polish color we can’t get enough of. Like the other jewel tones of winter, plum offers nails a deep, luxurious makeover that doesn’t draw too much attention and goes great with your favorite winter items.

7. Bordeaux

Tenoverten Church

A dreamy shade for a chilly day. | Tenoverten

Try: Tenoverten in Church

One of our favorite winter pastimes? Sitting by the fire, drinking a glass of red wine. So, it’s only appropriate that bordeaux (or, ‘wine’) make our list of the best nail polish colors to wear in winter. We love how the red hue still gives us that classic look, while the deep hue offers a sense of richness and elegance.

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