Nail it with Neutrals


There’s no denying that nude nails are still having a moment. But winter weather is so conducive to dark hues, it’s tempting to keep reaching for navy, evergreen, charcoal, and so on. Freshen things up with a neutral nail that is anything but summery. It’ll hit the reset button on your post-holiday blues and breathe a bit of life into your mid-winter beauty routine.


A great way to switch up the nude polish look is to go warmer than your natural skin tone. While this is of course different for all, a great, saturated warm nude we love is Essie’s Spin the Bottle. It’s almost Bandaid-like in color, so it really stands out against most skin tones. And at $8 a bottle, an Essie buy is always a good idea.


Try a polish with a hint of shimmer for some fun. This will keep you from looking washed out while allowing a softer beige to totally work for winter. I’m loving CIATE’s Ivory Queen, and the pretty bottle it comes in doesn’t hurt, either. $15, Lord & Taylor.


Or, you can go all-out, remembering that neutrals don’t have to be beige. Zoya make a beautiful collection with hints of berry, petal, and smoke. Do an accent nail with a darker color against one of the lights, or create a modern French. However you mix these lovely tones together, you can’t go wrong. $9 each, Zoya.

A gray-beige is also smashing like the image at the top of the post. There’s something sultry and wintry about this particular tone. Check out the vast offerings from Essie or OPI, or treat yourself to a luxe bottle like CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Colour in Frenzy. Bonus: this color will be just as gorg in spring and summer, too. $27, Chanel.


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Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.