As the temperatures dip, so can the desire to utilize your beauty arsenal. The thought of bundling up and emerging from home can be repellant in the coldest weeks of the year, and getting all dolled up to do so sounds even less appealing. Snowflakes in your lashes can be a major look killer, and the icy winter wind is going to turn your cheeks the ruddy color of blush anyway, right? But there's good reason to add a little color to your look, even when your inner chill runs deep: It's the happiest time of the year, after all. And if you've already brought out your moodier eyeshadows and deeper lipsticks, there's still room to spice things up—on your nails, to be exact. Your polish collection is the perfect place to start when it comes to dressing up—or down—this winter.
Before you know it, you'll be ringing in the holidays with "All I Want for Christmas Is You (Extra Festive Version)," and it's a good time—though when have we ever needed a special occasion?—to switch out those nudes and pastel polishes for something a tad bit more festive. Sparkles! Glitter! Chrome! Neons and sheers give way to deep, dreamy shades that scream December, and your manicure becomes a canvas for some bolder art. Hey, no need to ask us twice. Here, the 26 best winter nail colors, from shimmery party shades to matte jewel tones, to lift you from your cold-weather slump.
This creamy, seasonal green is basically fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la in a bottle.
Silver always strikes the right chord in he colder months, and this polish's formula is 16-free.
Besame is the gold standard in vintage-inspired makeup, and their scarlet polish is no exception. The shade is inspired by the most popular shade of red in 1920 (and the brand's signature lipstick.)
We can't hit our typical holiday bashes this year, but we sure can dress up and pretend. This is party polish if I've ever seen it.
If chunky gold glitter is too flashy for you, reach for a silky gilded option.
Whether you're a Gossip Girl devotee and wish you were sitting with Blair on the MET steps or just want a little extra glitz in your life, this collab with the Metropolitan Museum of Art will keep you looking flashy until spring.
Consider this a snow flurry but for your fingers.
Is it wrong I want to call this shade 'Chic Grimace'? Whatever, it's chic.
Cool, shimmery, and frosty to boot—this shade gives off strong winter vibes.
This deep, warm, neutral is universally flattering, making it a foolproof choice for a stocking stuffer (for a friend, or for yourself.)
A chilly metal mani screams "holiday party," as this shade's name aptly demonstrates. Apply one coat over a bare nail for a touch of sparkle, or layer multiple coats for a bolder look.
We just can't resist an inky, dark-as-night black.
This plummy purple would look right at home grasped around a steamy latte, and it's as clean as it is pretty—this line of polish is vegan.
There is such a thing as a winter pink, and this checks off all the boxes: muted, opaque, and universally flattering.
Summer may own some of the more playful shades in the rainbow, but a pop of bold blue can brighten up any cold weather ensemble.
An at-home gel manicure will save you a trip to the salon and $30—a win-win. Warning: This garnet shade with gold shimmer will make you want to copious amounts of sparking red wine. Blame the holidays.
'Tis the season to be moody, and this elegant color injects a little bit of darkness into your wardrobe without going fully gothic.
Keep your basic blue—we'll take this moody, midnight hue. This is a sexy, unassuming, grown-up version of blue you never knew you needed until now.
Essie's astrology-themed collection is on to something—mercury may be in retrograde, but that doesn't mean your nails have to face the wrath of weirdness. This dazzling, celestial green hue will dress up your nails in decadence. Pair it with a holiday dress if you want to win best nails at your company party.
Relieve yourself from the daunting decision of deciding on a nail color and lean into a classic neutral. This shade is endorsed by a supermodel, Ashley Graham, in case you needed more confirmation that this color will give you runway-ready nails. Plus, this cool-toned nude will go with every outfit, and can you ask for anything more?
Nothing feels more festive than red pearl polish and ruby and gold glitter. Now, all you need is a glass of nutmeg (or champagne) and christmas carols playing in the background.
It may have never crossed your mind to wear purple nail polish until now. Exhibit A: plum, with a pearlescent upgrade, which will look equal parts vampy and jovial on your nails. Don't knock it until you try it.
If you've had enough of winter's gloomy shades, look ahead to spring with this pale pink. It's a refreshingly sheer pink perfect for outdoor wedding season.
Love eggplants? Meet your favorite vegetable in nail form. Sadly, you can't eat it—but you can wear the hell out of it. It's an opaque eggplant hue with subtle swirls of shimmer.
Like a pour of your favorite full-body Cabernet, this rich burgundy will never do you wrong. It's a classic hue that will complement all complexions, and go gorgeously with your Christmas decor if you're really feeling the holiday spirit.
You're looking at a New Years party in a bottle. It's a champagne-rose-gold hybrid that guarantees a good time. Bring in 2021 with this sparkling shade by your side. Listen, you can't go into another year with boring nails!