As the temperatures dip, so can the desire to play with your beauty arsenal. 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 nail 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 best winter nail colors, from shimmery party shades to matte jewel tones, to lift you from your cold-weather slump.
There is such a thing as a winter pink, and this checks off all the boxes: muted, opaque, and universally flattering.
Yes, fat, delicate snowflakes capture the essence of the holidays in the colder months, but have you ever heard of thundersnow? Consider this stormy gray-blue an edgier take on winter white.
Autumnal shades don't stop being chic after Halloween. A warm, spicy orange looks especially beautiful on medium to deep skin tones.
You can totally wear pastels this season, and the added shimmer in this formula makes this dusty lavender shade even more winter wonderland-adjacent.
This creamy, seasonal green is basically fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la in a bottle.
'Tis the season to be moody, and this elegant color injects a little bit of darkness into your wardrobe without going fully gothic.
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).
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.
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.
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.
You're en route to the holiday party. You look down—your nails are bare. All is lost! But then, you remember your Purse Polish, which dries in just minutes. This is that Purse Polish, and it dries as speedy as possible so you can spruce up on-the-go.
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.
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.
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!