15 Winter Nail Colors for the Merriest Manicure Ever

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Anyone else feel a bit down as the days begin to shorten? You’re not alone. For an instant pick-me-up, we’d suggest treating yourself to a fresh mani. Sure, there’s no science to the mood-boosting benefits of painting your nails yet, but we sure as heck feel better when our tips are freshly polished. With that, here are 15 winter nail colors to cure the seasonal blues.

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A Glimmering Gold

1. Olive & June Nail Polish in “Obvi”

Olive & June

Like jewelry for your fingertips, this festive gold polish dresses up bare nails in a sparkling swipe.

Why, to match those poinsettias, of course!

Straight from their winter collection, this sweet shade reminds us of holiday treats.

This shimmery brown adds a little spice to an otherwise neutral shade.

Oh, what fun! Make sure to give the bottle a good shake (or rather, roll it between your palms) before you apply the silver flecks of glitter to your tips.

Imagine your burgundy nails wrapped around a glass of Merlot. #issamood

Like freshly fallen snow, you know?

A Pale Gray

8. Sundays Nail Polish in "No.31"


A soft dove gray will make you feel calmer every time you look down at your hands.

We’d liken this shimmery peach polish to a highlighter for your nails: It adds just a touch of flattering sparkle.

A bit brighter than black but no less impactful, a rich navy is especially chic come January.

Tip: This ruby red looks particularly nice on shorter nails.

A Bold Emerald

12. Olive & June Nail Polish in “Besties”

Olive & June

Fact: An emerald mani is evergreen.

An Opal Ivory

13. J. Hannah Nail Polish in “Akoya”

J. Hannah

This delicate ivory is that unique shade that you can’t quite put a finger on. Sheer and tinged with gold, it reminds us of a pearl, which is fitting as it was created by a jewelry designer.

Just one coat will give you a mirror like shine.

Put your hand up to the light and be dazzled by this glimmering emerald green polish that borders on black.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...