6 Nail Trends to Try (or Not Try :) This Winter.

As temperatures drops and so little of your body shows in your clothing, one little beauty splurge is to try a different look with your manicure.  Winter 2019 nail trends range from the ultra high maintenance talon shapes (a little scary looking in my opinion) and nail bling and charms to wearable millennial nudes and edgy dark jewel tones.  Creative application techniques also are hot now–like reverse french manis, glitter traced nail beds and graphic designs on select fingers.

Here are a few winter nail trends that caught my eye:

Talons & Coffin Nails

Talon/Stilleto shapes are still super-trendy, but best for those of you whose lifestyles can handle this high maintenance look.  Styles range from super-pointy to a clipped tip shape called “coffin nails” as seen on Stealherstyle.net

OPI Long Wear Lacquer Steel Waters Run Deep $12

Yellow Nails

Yellow nails were all over the spring runway shows–I personally loved this look when combined with another trend–two-tone nails paired with a nude base color and in a sheer formula–as featured on fashionweekdaily.com.

Essie Polish in Fall for NYC $9


Charms and bling were also a big trend on the runways and reminded me of the 80s when I proudly wore a single gold fingernail on my ring finger.  This look is harder to pull off IRL–achieved best at a salon and limited to only one finger–here’s a fun take by @nailartfairy.

OPI Tiramisu for Two $9

Black, still

One of my favorite recent nail looks was when Meghan Markle apparently broke with royal protocol and wore inky black polish instead of the usual sheer nude.  This one is so chic in winter to contrast with your paler skin tone.

Givenchy Interdit Nail Lacquer $28

Millennial Nudes

Millennial pink nails are always in style–and they are also an excellent choice for a pre/post engagement when your hands are at center stage–this look features almond shape nails which is elegant and understated.  Try a deeper nude shade than your usual for more contrast as shown in Elle.com’s 11 Spring looks To Try Right Now.

Chanel Le Vernis in Bleached Mauve $28


Glitter polish, which I used to think of as for the preschool set, got an upgrade.  This glitter trend is all over Spring 2019 runways and social media in a more amped up but sophisticated version–Dior’s Vibrato is subtle and sheer.

Winter Darks

Darks are so fun and easy to wear in shades like navy, forest and olive green and oxblood.  These looks were from Philip Lim’s fall runway show–wearable for fingers or toes.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish in Kings & Thieves $18

Smith and Cult Nail Color in Dahrjeeling Darling $18

Want to see more nail trends?  Check out Harper’s Bazaar and Elle for more ideas for amping up your manicure.


Lesley Downey is a Charlotte-based beauty writer, tennis hack and beginning oil painter. She is a kitchen comedian for her three kids, and trophy wife to her husband Bill.