9 Winter Nail Polish Colors & Trends That TZR Editors Always Wear
The acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder is wildly appropriate. I don't know about you, but I definitely get SAD when the temps drop below 20 and I have to trudge through 20 inches of snow to get to the nearest subway station... so anytime I'm able to take advantage of a mood booster, you'd better believe that I will. Indulging in a manicure with a trending winter nail polish color, whether it's cheery or moody, is always a surefire fix for a case of the blues — and my fellow TZR editors feel the same way.
Earlier this year, celebrity manicurist Mazz Hanna, who works with Julia Roberts, told us that glitter nail polish in winter is basically a neutral. And Molly Romah, the lead nail technician at Chillhouse in New York City, agrees — but predicts '70s-leaning nail polish colors will make a huge comeback this season. Still, this team favors shades that have personal meanings: Aemilia Madden, TZR's Senior Fashion Editor, prefers a periwinkle that reminds her of snowflakes, while Contributing Senior Style Editor Mecca James-Williams prefers a softer version of traditionally bright nail polish colors, like butter yellow.
Of course, some of the team prefer to keep the same nail color year-round: Editorial Assistant Kelsey Stewart wears the same black nail polish no matter the temps. As you can see, the team's favorite nail polish shades are reflective of every kind of #mood... which makes it all the more easier for you to find one that suits yours.
"Winter is so dreary for me, so I like to keep my nails light. This pale blue feels seasonal — like a snowflake, perhaps — but is still lighthearted and fun." — Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
"I always prefer a nail color that’s traditionally ugly — think muted greens, bright oranges, and murky browns — and this spiced tan from J.Hannah is my newest favorite." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"Years of gel manicures wreaked havoc on my nails, which is why I almost exclusively wear Essie’s Rock The Runway. This shade of scarlet is particularly striking, and it doesn’t chip!" — Aidan Macaluso, Senior Social Media Editor
"Maybe it's because I'm forced to wear no less than 12 layers of clothing each day, but winter always brings out my moodier side. Especially when it comes to my hair, nails, and makeup. Malaga Wine, a rich and decadent burgundy, definitely falls into that category — but I always get joy in looking down at my perfectly-painted nails whenever I wear this shade." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"I recently visited the ORLY ColorLab with friends and a majority of the group walked out with this polish. In addition to being fun, its glittery finish camouflages any chipping." — Angela Melero, Deputy Editor
"I wear black all year 'round so I like my nails to match my outfit. This jet black cream shade is chic, shiny, and everything I want in a polish. It is without a doubt my go-to for any occasion!" — Kelsey Stewart, Editorial Assistant
"I've been searching all my life for the perfect red, and I finally stumbled across this one the last time I was at sundays studio. It's such a classic shade, and the fact that it's cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic makes this find that much better." — Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor
"For polish colors, I always choose a bright color that has a soft hue. This yellow from J. Hannah is the perfect combo of both. Paired with my skin's undertone, is is the perfect match." — Mecca James-Williams, Contributing Senior Style Editor
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