6 Winter Nail Colors to Try, Because Fun Manis Aren’t Just for Summer

February 8th, 2018 at 1:00pm
Winter Nail Colors

A few months ago, Into The Gloss dubbed Essie’s Clambake the color of the summer. Suddenly my Instagram was flooded with photos of this bright hue, and for good reason—it captured the season perfectly. Yet I realized when reflecting upon Essie’s choice that finding a nail polish that perfectly fit the cold-weather months was not quite as easy, considering anything that screams “winter” tends to be avoided by pretty much everyone. But if you’re a nail polish aficionado like me, flaunting my bare nails while battling the freezing wind is just not my thing. So I set out to find the hues you need to try while you’re waiting for longer days and sunshine to return. Here are six winter nail colors to inspire you while you’re waiting on the gloomy season to end.

Dark Nails

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Get Moody in a Pitch Black Shade

It may seem cliché to wear dark colors in winter, but they’re a staple for a reason. A black or dark purple hue matches the season perfectly and will go with everything in your cold-weather closet without fail.

Get this look: Nars Iconic Color Nail Polish in Back Room ($20)

Bold Red Nail Color

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Stave Off Winter Blues With Warm Reds

A bold red has never disappointed, has it? Use this as your foray into experimenting with bright colors; maybe soon you’ll be wearing Chanel Rouge on your lips. Baby steps, guys!

Get this look: Chanel Long Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Emblematique ($28)

Think Spring With Millennial Pink

Don’t let tradition deter you from experimenting with classic spring colors in the winter. Try a light pink like the one above for a your-nails-but-better look.

Get this look: Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle ($9)

Muted Colors

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Keep It Simple With a Muted Tone

A good way to ease into more traditionally spring colors is by going for a bright hue in a muted tone. This mauve-y nude shade is the perfect way to branch out from the purples and dark blues of the season without looking like you totally forgot it’s winter.

Get this look: Context Nail Lacquer in Take It Off ($15)

Bright Colors with Bright Clothes

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Go Bold With a Vivid Orange

If you’re feeling really adventurous, pick a bright color and build your outfit around it. It may feel too in-your-face at first, but every time you peep your matching look during the day, you’ll grow to love it even more.

Get this look: By Terry Nail Lacque Terrybly in Meli Melon ($30)

Shiny Grey

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Stay Classic in a Shiny Gray

Matte finishes have certainly made their rounds in the nail polish world. But if you want to try a classic color while keeping it light and fresh, opt for a shiny top coat to really pack in the punch.

Get this look: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Delphine ($18)

What nail colors are you wearing this winter? Show us on Instagram and tag @cfashionista.

Featured photo by @geowollner


  • Marit Darrow

    Hi! I'm Marit, and I was born and raised in New York. I'm currently finishing up my last year at the New School as a Non-Fiction major, with a minor in Journalism and Design