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‘Tis the season for holiday parties, running between stores, and snuggling by the fireplace. You’ve likely got a million places to be and even more people to see. So it's best to start with fresh nails to get you ready for all of those soirees, and these winter nail colors won't disappoint. Since there isn't an extra minute to spare during the holiday season, invest in one strong nail color that can carry you between all your events.

This winter’s trendiest nail colors run the gamut of shades but all of them share one common trait: they make an impact. Whether you opt for a punchy gold, a classic red or a disco-inspired glitter, this season’s nail colors will bring the drama. These shades will add a bit more life than the trending fall nail colors that are a bit more muted and subtle.

And while you’re at it, consider investing in a pair of fingerless gloves since you're going to want to show off these stunning winter nail colors, no matter the temperature.

Carnal Red by Tom Ford

Red is a classic for a reason. Whether you keep your nails long, short, square or round, this time-tested color makes a statement but keeps things sophisticated.

Shop: $37

Lavender Luster by Maybelline

Bedazzle your digits in a chrome coat. This color takes on the shades of winter when they’re at their best, with enough festivity to keep on your nails long past New Year’s Day.

Shop: $5.90

Lady is a Tramp by Deborah Lippman

A dark berry shade goes perfectly with a glass of mulled wine.

Shop: $20

Cheers by Butter London

Bring some counterintuitive pep back into the season with nails that pop like summer.

Shop: $21.50

Chocolate Cakes by Essie

Brown gets a bad rep, it’s not a boring color. In fact, it’s entirely unexpected. Amp up your neutral game this winter with a shade reminiscent of hot chocolate.

Shop: $9

Dazzling Dew Drop by OPI

This OPI collection shade is the perfect thing to round out your look, with a subtle metallic glint to really pop.

Shop: $10.50

Prune Metal by Yves Saint Laurent

If you’re partaking in the ‘80s redux color trend this season, bring the same flair to your nails with this vibrant near-fuschia.

Shop: $30

Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow by Smith & Cult

Winter is the time to bring out your most extravagant fingers. Who can resist the charm of a baby pink nail with silver glitter?

Shop: $18

Lovers Creep by Smith & Cult

This nail shade is the embodiment of spending the holiday party waiting seductively underneath a bough of mistletoe.

Shop: $18

Heirloom by Jin Soon

If you’re too shy to peacock around this season, let your nails do it for you. The slight shimmer to this shade makes it one of winter’s trendiest options.

Shop: $18

Fab by Jin Soon

Bring optimism and flair into 2019. This delightful multicolor glitter is perfect for either a warm-weather winter getaway or setting your best intentions for the new year.

Shop: $18

Laughing to the Bank by Deborah Lippman

A shimmery green may evoke images of Christmas trees but the shade can keep going long after the 12 days are over.

Shop: $18


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