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Winter Nail Colors to Beat Your Cold-Weather Blues

We'll see you next summer, neon pink.

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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.

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a holiday tree green
Nail Polish in No. 62
Côte coteshop.co

This creamy, seasonal green is basically fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la in a bottle. 

a healthy silver
Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish in Meteorite
Sally Hansen amazon.com
$4.48 (20% off)

Silver always strikes the right chord in he colder months, and this polish's formula is 16-free. 

A retro red
Nail Polish in Red
Besame besamecosmetics.com

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.)

a '70s-style teal
Nail Lacquer in Heirloom
JINsoon amazon.com

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. 

A Low-Key Metallic
Nail Artist Polish in Billions
Emilie Heathe emilieheathe.com

If chunky gold glitter is too flashy for you, reach for a silky gilded option. 

A Sparkly Set
MET Mini Polish Set
SHOP IT jhannahjewelry.com

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 Sparkly White
Golden Nights Diorific Vernis Top Coat Glitter Nail Lacquer
DIOR nordstrom.com

Consider this a snow flurry but for your fingers. 

An Evening Violet
Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish [variation_tag_finish:Creme]
Marc Jacobs Beauty sephora.com

Is it wrong I want to call this shade 'Chic Grimace'?  Whatever, it's chic. 

A Minty Green
Nail Polish in Peppermint Condition
Essie ulta.com

Cool, shimmery, and frosty to boot—this shade gives off strong winter vibes. 

A Chocolate Brown
Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Nuit
DIOR nordstrom.com

This deep, warm, neutral is universally flattering, making it a foolproof choice for a stocking stuffer (for a friend, or for yourself.) 

A Metallic Silver
Nail Lacquer in Soiree
JINsoon amazon.com

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.

A Vampy Black
Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black
butter LONDON amazon.com

We just can't resist an inky, dark-as-night black. 

A Warm Berry
Good. Kind. Pure. Vegan Nail Polish in Beet It
Sally Hansen amazon.com

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.

A Frosty Blush
Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish
OPI ulta.com

There is such a thing as a winter pink, and this checks off all the boxes: muted, opaque, and universally flattering. 

A Cobalt Blue
Nail Polish in Waterfall In Love
Essie walmart.com

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. 

A Shimmery Garnet Shade
Nail Polish in B Positive
Pear Nova pearnova.com

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. 

A Deep Eggplant
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Prune Dramatique
Chanel nordstrom.com

'Tis the season to be moody, and this elegant color injects a little bit of darkness into your wardrobe without going fully gothic.  

A Moody, Midnight Blue
Nail Polish in Midnight
Orosa orosabeauty.com

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. 

This Dazzling Green
It's Not You...It's Mercury
Essie ulta.com

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. 

A Wear-With-Anything Nude
Color Stay Gel Envy Lingerie Nail Polish in Bare It Girl
Revlon amazon.com

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? 

A Red Pearl Polish
Joyful Nail Polish Duo
NAILS INC. sephora.com

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. 

A Pearlescent Plum
Nail Polish in A Little Underground
Smith & Cult smithandcult.com

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. 

A Pale Pink
tenoverten Nail Polish in Madison
tenoverten target.com

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. 

A Muted Violet
Forever Marilyn Nail Lacquer Collection in A Girl In Her Curls
Morgan Taylor ulta.com

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. 

A Rich Burgundy
Hello Kitty Infinite Shine Collection in A Kiss on the Chìc
OPI ulta.com

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.  

A Sparkly Shade
Nail Lacquer in Like Magic
Paintbox paint-box.com

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!  

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