Chromes and iridescents make up the nail polish trend that’s taking the winter season by storm this year, with shimmer topping the Pinterest holiday search list. Pull out shimmer for a frosty and diffused shine. A futurist, unpredictable finish on your nails can elevate your look without giving the appearance that you’re trying too hard. The shimmer trend is a dressier look that’s good for the holidays and beyond. But stay away from glitter—that’s not chill, and it’s too hard to remove.
For a subtle take on the trend, you can ramp up your go-to nude with a shimmer finish.
Start with a muted polish such the soft, warm gray of Essie’s Chinchilly for a chic fall accent. Find this slate-hued shade on Amazon for $8.77. Another good neutral choice is the desert clay Hester, available at Tenoverten for $18. This polish has warm undertones that suggest fall and looks gorgeous on a range of skin tones. Next, take your neutral look to the next level by topping off with a coat of Whatever Lola Wants for a sheer lilac finish. The sassy shimmer is available from Deborah Lippmann for $20.
If you are not ready for the super dark shades of winter, go with a softer shade.
Your chicest choice throughout the winter will be pale pink and natural colors just a tiny bit lighter than your skin tone. OPI’s creamy rose Tiramisu For Two polish makes a perfect transition between fall and winter. The nail polish is available from Amazon for $10.50. No worries that the shade will be too sweet for the chillier months. A shimmery chrome finish will take some of the saccharin out of even the lightest princess pink.
Metallics rank high on the cool-girl list.
A bright, burnished copper is a favorite metallic this season. A subtle metallic sheen finishes off the glossy golden base of Sun Kissed in St Tropez nail polish with a fashionable flair. Find it for $18 at LAUREN B BEAUTY.
The winter season is the best time to dip into dark, rich polishes.
Bring out the moodier reds, blues, and grays. A favorite among nail pros is a dark oxblood that gleams red with rich purple undertones. Try Nars Nail Polish in Chinatown, available at Macy’s for $20. If you’re loving the rusty reds and burnt oranges of autumn, lay on some glamor with gold foil overlay.
Jewel tones lend sparkle to holiday parties and brighten up any festive event.
Don’t be fooled by the jet-black appearance of Chanel’s Fiction. Come up close and you’ll find deep emerald gem-like tones that pop when the light hits. This jewel of a nail polish is available for $28.00 at Nordstrom. Essie’s Bobbing For Baubles is a fun transitional polish that will be trending throughout the new year. This classic glossy sapphire is darker and glossier than your basic navy. It’s available for $9 at Amazon.