22 Winter Nail Colors To Revamp Your Manicure Come December

Winter 2019 Nail Colors
Photo: OPI

Southern winters can be tricky to predict. We know good and well that one day we'll be bundled up in hats and gloves, and the next we'll be bare-legged as if it were the middle of July. In turn, this means our nails better be prepared to be in the spotlight on any given day. The winter blues are all too real, but there's nothing that perks us up like a fresh new update to our look. We know that the devil's in the details, and Southern women are notorious for keeping themselves put-together at all times from our curled hair down to our perfectly polished toes. Around here, you'll nary find an unpolished hand, or worse, chipped polish, so help our grandmothers. Although our hearts will always be true to Ballet Slippers, we're revamping our manicure for the upcoming winter season with fresh new hues, from moody blues to warm taupes to vampy purples. Whether you're aiming to make a statement or try something classic, these trendy winter nail colors will take your look from flat to festive in a cinch.

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Ice Blue

Olive and June BP

Adorn your nails with a blanket of ice blue snow to prepare for the season's chill.

BUY IT: "BP" by Olive & June; $8; target.com

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Eggplant Purple

Boys Be Thistle-ing at Me by OPI

Like a more vibrant version of "Lincoln Park After Dark," this jeweled purple is just the shade to try if you're tired of super-dark shades. (Try "Good Girls Gone Plaid", also from OPI's Scotland Collection, when you start to crave a deeper winter hue.)

BUY IT: "Boys Be Thistle-ing at Me" by OPI; $10.50; amazon.com

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Hunter Green

Off Tropic

A deep green is a diversion from classic red we'll gladly take for the holiday season.

BUY IT: "Off Tropic" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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Inky Blue

Kings & Thieves by Smith & Cult
Smith & Cult

This shade is just as dark and moody as navy blue, but it comes off even more vividly blue after two creamy coats.

BUY IT: "Kings & Thieves" by Smith & Cult; $14.40; dermstore.com

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Muted Magenta

Essie Drive and Dine

If you're not into the super-dark winter colors, try something a little more vibrant. This magenta is dark enough to pull off during the cold months without being too summery.

BUY IT: "Drive In & Dine" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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Muted Berry

Massai Dior
Bergdorf Goodman

This is the ultimate winter trade for your summer pink. This color by Dior captures the perfect shade of warm berry purple.

BUY IT: "Massai" by Dior; $28; bergdorfgoodman.com

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Coal Gray

Rub-a-Pub-Pub by OPI

It's hard to find a cool charcoal gray that doesn't feel sleepy like a winter storm. This ultra-shiny shade does the job and looks oh-so chic paired with your winter sweaters.

BUY IT: "Rub-a-Pub-Pub" by OPI; $13; amazon.com

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Oxblood Red

Chanel Vamp

Everyone needs a staple red polish, and this wine red is our go-to for cold months.

BUY IT: "Vamp" by Chanel; $28; nordstrom.com

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Winter White

“Marshmallow” by Essie

Marshmallow has been part of the Essie lineup for decades because it's just that good. This silky white isn't too stark and makes for the dreamiest winter manicure if you don't want to go dark.

BUY IT: "Marshmallow" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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Classic Navy

“Bobbing for Baubles” by Essie

'Tis the season for jewel tones, and we dare you to try this luxe navy polish.

BUY IT: "Bobbing for Baubles" by Essie; $9; amazon.com

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Rich Raspberry

Dior Desir

Our winter wardrobe consists of a whole lot of black, gray, and camel. A vibrant raspberry will pop against any cool-weather ensemble.

BUY IT: "Desir" by Dior; $28; dillards.com

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Metallic Taupe

Quicksand ILNP

This shade takes a quintessential taupe and makes it metallic. If nudes are too boring for you, try this stylish alternative.

BUY IT: "Quicksand" by ILNP Cosmetics; $10; amazon.com

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Dusty Rose

"I'm My Own Hero" by Deborah Lippmann
Neiman Marcus

This dusty rose is the cool winter cousin to spring's pale pinks, and it looks endlessly trendy with every outfit.

BUY IT: "I'm My Own Hero" by Deborah Lippmann; $20; neimanmarcus.com

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Moody Ruby

opi ruby red

Winter is when red can fully embrace its dark and vampy side. Keep it fun with a shimmery ruby finish.

BUY IT: "An Affair in Red Square" by OPI; $10.50; amazon.com

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Holiday Red

Essie Red

Everyone needs a bright holiday red, and this Essie hue is the only color you'll want this holiday season.

BUY IT: "Not Red-y for Bed" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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Violet Metal

“Brill-Ant” by Londontown

This isn't your average rose-gold nail polish. This shimmery shade reads on the lavender-gray spectrum, making it one of the coolest shades you can rock this winter.

BUY IT: "Brill-Ant" by Londontown; $16; anthropologie.com

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Dusty Blue

Essie Air Dry

This gorgeous powder blue-grey is a lighter mix of the popular winter shades taupey gray and navy blue.

BUY IT: "Air Dry" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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Rose Gold

OPI Rose Gold

If winter has you down, perk up with a splashy rose gold. The metallic hue will take you from holiday parties to the New Year.

BUY IT: "Intentions are Rose Gold" by OPI; $11.50; amazon.com

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Vampy Purple

"Lincoln Park After Dark" by OPI

This is the ultimate winter classic. Depending on how many coats you add, this sultry shade can range from a deep eggplant to almost-black aubergine. It's the perfect vampy option.

BUY IT: "Lincoln Park After Dark" by OPI; $9.59; target.com

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Nocturnal Blue

OPI dark blue

Get lost in this deep, dark blue that's only for the daring.

BUY IT: "Chopstix and Stones" by OPI; $13; amazon.com

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Pistachio Green

tenoverten liberty

This winter, we're ditching camo green in favor of ultra-fun pistachio green. It feels both cool and classic.

BUY IT: "Liberty" by tenoverten; $12; target.com

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Ornamented Gold

Essie gold

Imitate the sparkling winter lights with this gold glitter polish. Festive and fun in one sweep!

BUY IT: "Summit of Style" by Essie; $8.99; target.com

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