When the weather begins to cool, there are certain switches we start to make. We find ourselves drawn to knitwear, pulling on opaque tights, and generally donning a darker colour palette. This transition, however, isn't solely reserved for our wardrobes; in fact, one of the first things we change up in a new season is our nail colours.
That's not to say you can't wear bright nail colours in chilly months, but there's something that just screams winter when you've got a moody or rich manicure. Not only do they look the part, but they feel incredibly luxurious, too.
For inspiration, I asked some of the country's top salons to tell us which autumn/winter nail polish colours their clients are asking for most right now. See what they said below, and add these to your wish list.
OXBLOOD AT DRYBY
Style Notes: Synonymous with wearing chunky knitwear and laced-up hiking boots, another autumn/winter signifier is painting your nails a deep shade of oxblood. Chic salon DryBy confirms oxblood is currently its most-requested shade, likely because of its versatility and fashionable appeal.
Monikh is loyal to oxblood nail hues.
SHOP OXBLOOD NAIL POLISHES
Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Noirberry (£15)
Call off the search—we've found the perfect, classic oxblood polish.
Nars Nail Polish in Chinatown (£16)
If you prefer your oxblood on the lighter, redder side, this polish should be your go-to.
This affordable polish glides on nails just as well as any premium formula.
EVERGREEN AT COLOUR RIOT
Style Notes: It's natural to gravitate towards darker hues, but if black and navy feel too stark, deep shade of forest green look just as striking but have a softer tone. As such, this shade is proving increasingly popular with the cool clientele at Colour Riot.
Betina Goldstein styles her green nails with negative space.
SHOP EVERGREEN NAIL POLISHES
Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Deepness (£22)
The shimmer in this varnish is deliberately subtle to add depth, not sparkle.
Nailberry L'Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Viva La Vegan (£15)
A slightly lighter blend, this dark seafoam shade will work with any and all colours of clothing.
Le Mini Macaron Gel Polish in Wintergreen (£12)
The shine on this gel polish is incredible.
BURNT ORANGE AT NAF!
Style Notes: Take inspiration from the turning leaves to inform your next manicure. Naf! Salon always provides us with endless talon inspiration with its next-level nail art, but the colour most of the salon's clients are currently asking for is burnt orange—The Gel Bottle in African Sunset to be precise.
Use burnt orange polish in nail art for a seasonal twist.
SHOP BURNT ORANGE NAIL POLISHES
Essie Nail Colour in Playing Koi (£8)
The perfect at-home burnt orange varnish.
J.Hannah Nail Polish in Ghost Ranch (£20)
We love the deep undertone of this terracotta polish.
Revolution Beauty High Gloss Nail Polish in Caramel (£3)
Apply three coats for a pure colour payoff.
RICH BROWN AT TOWNHOUSE
Style Notes: Of all the '90s beauty trends to make a stylish comeback, this has to be our favourite. Brown is one of the classiest nail colours out there, and OPI's cult You Don't Know Jacques seems to be the shade of choice at acclaimed salon, Townhouse.
Debora frequently opts for chocolate brown nail shades.
SHOP DEEP BROWN NAIL POLISHES
OPI Nail Polish in You Don't Know Jacques! (£14)
OPI has created the most-coveted brown polish perhaps of all time.
Essie Nail Colour in Generation Zen (£8)
This polish has mauve undertones, which give it a softer finish.
The name Dark Chocolate is apt. This shade is delicious.
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