The 7 Trendiest Nail Polish Shades To Wear This Winter

Like the comforting warmth of pulling your head through the neck of a turtleneck sweater, there’s something almost ceremonious about the first manicure of winter. The gusty windchill is officially here — your heavy socks and chunky scarves are proof — and it’s high time to get your tiniest fashion accessories on board.

Everyone knows that the trickiest part of any manicure — be it a DIY job while bingeing Netflix in bed or sifting through the rainbow of tiny glass bottles at your favorite salon — is picking the right polish. Luckily, we’ve consulted a few nail pros who’ve broken down the seven nail colors that are already on track to be huge this winter.

From dark vampy oxblood and rich sapphire to softer, muted tones like desert clay and creamy rose, find the exact nail polish shades all the cool girls will be wearing this winter, ahead.

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Vampy Oxblood

Nail pro and Tenoverten founder Nadine Abramcyk reports that the winter season is the best time to bring out your dark, rich polishes. “I’ve been consistently gravitating towards dark oxblood nails this season — a red with rich purple undertones,” she says, noting that Nars polish in Chinatown is her absolute favorite.

NARS Nail Polish in Chinatown, $20, available at NARS

Desert Clay

“This desert clay tone is so gorgeous,” says Abramcyk of tenoverten’s polish in the shade Hester. “I love that it’s muted and neutral, but has theses warm, fall-y undertones, that read so beautifully on a range of skin tones.”

Tenoverten Nail Polish in Hester, $18, available at Tenoverten

Glossy Sapphire

“Essie’s Bobbing For Baubles is a fun transitional polish,” says Abramcyk. “It’s darker and glossier than your average navy — it’s a classic — and will stay on-trend well through the new year.”

Essie Nail Polish in Bobbing For Baubles, $9, available at Amazon

Warm Slate

L.A. nail salon mogul Sarah Gibson Tuttle — she’s the brain behind Olive & June — tells us that she’s a big fan of Essie’s nail polish in Chinchilly, a soft, muted gray shade right now. “Warm grays are a chic fall accent,” she tells us. “I think of it as the nail polish equivalent to your favorite scarf.”

Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly, $8.77, available at Amazon

Emerald Green

“Chanel’s nail polish in Fiction looks almost jet black from far away,” explains Tuttle. “But up close, the deep emerald gem-like tones come through, giving the nails an unexpected pop when the color hits the light.”

Chanel Nail Polish in Fiction, $28, available at Chanel

Creamy Rose

If you’re partial to softer shades, or you’re just not yet ready to whip out those super dark polishes, then pale pinks and natural colors that read just a touch lighter than your skin tone will be your chicest pick through the winter months. Tuttle tells us she’s been loving OPI’s Tiramisu For Two polish in the transition between fall and winter.

OPI Nail Polish in Tiramisu for Two, $10.5, available at Amazon

Burnished Copper

“This bright, burnished copper is my favorite metallic this season,” says nail pro Lauren Berkovitz, founder of Lauren B Beauty. “Its glossy golden base reads warm — on both fingers and toes — while the subtle metallic finish gives it a fashionable flair.”

LAUREN B Nail Polish in Sun Kissed in St Tropez, $18, available at LAUREN B BEAUTY

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