20 Winter Nail Colors to Inspire a Season’s Worth of Manis

Ask any nail polish aficionado worth their tin of Révérence de Bastien Nail Brightness Pearly Buffing Cream, nail colors, like fruits and veggies, go in and out of season. Summer is the perfect time for pretty pinks, neons and sunny yellows. But the intensely cold, drying winter calls for deeper, darker shades. Not to mention tons of cuticle oil. So we went ahead and put together a list of our favorite winter nail colors.

Still, dark as many of them are, this season’s #trending winter nail colors are far from gloomy. Think rich, radiant purples, glittery metallics, festive greens and reds and even hints of gray. One of our top seasonal strategies? Relying on deep browns and blues that border on black. They all still pack plenty of personality, of course.

You can certainly stick to one shade at a time. Or enhance your nail art skills by experimenting with multiple colors at once. You can also just focus on the tips with a cool French mani.

All this to say, whatever your seasonal plans/aesthetic, there’s a winter nail color to match. Find it (and buy it) in the gallery below. That way you can do touch-ups all season long.