Take your winter look to the next level with these designs for dark winter nails. Our rationale? It gets dark early, so your manicure should obviously match. With a heavy helping of glitter, of course.
For this vibe, you’ll want to use plenty of deep, rich colors like green, red, blue, purple, and black. In addition to these jewel tones, you’ll find glitter, gold accents, snowflakes, and sweater texture (we promise it’ll make sense below).
Bonus points if your nails have all four. We almost have enough for a free stuffed animal!
So, when you’re ready to dive into the depths of winter, pick your favorite nail art ideas to paint next to the roaring fireplace. Since we know you won’t be venturing outside in that weather.
The 20 Best Ideas for Dark Winter Nails
1. Matte Navy Snowflake and Sweater Press On Nails
You can finally match your sweater to your nails! It won’t be nearly as warm but at least you’ll look stylish sipping your hot chocolate. With whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles of course. And maybe some whiskey for good measure.
2. Galaxy Nail Design
If you squint really hard at these nails, it’ll feel like you’re actually in space. Those billionaires sure look silly, now!
3. Grey Almond-Shaped Nails With Rainbow Glitter
Sick of gray winter days? Just add glitter! It makes everything better. Well, maybe not meatloaf. Definitely not meatloaf.
4. Negative Space Nail Design
We’re positive that everyone will love these negative space nails. See what we did there? Go ahead, you can laugh now! We’re waiting…
5. Dark Purple Glitter and Black Lace Nail Art
Bored of glitter like you’re bored of the cold weather? Just add lace and watch the magic happen. We’re not sure what will happen exactly, but something is bound to, we’re sure of it!
6. Plum Swirls With Gold Glitter
All the sugar plums have danced out of our head, but now these plum swirls have taken over. We just want one night of normal dreams!
7. Matte Brown Almond-Shaped Nails With a Gold Accent Nail
At this point, adding a touch of gold to matte nails is our only personality trait.
8. Burgundy Coffin Nails
Your nails don’t need to be this long to embrace a dreamy burgundy look, but it does give you more room to work with. And since we’re always running out of room in our closet, we’ll never say no to extra space.
9. Dark Purple Pop Art Nails
Pop art nails, meet moody winter nails. We get a plus one to your future wedding, right?
10. Tortoiseshell Accent Nail With Gold Leaf
The tortoiseshell pattern is one of the hot nail trends of 2023, and we’re pretty obsessed with it as a dark winter nail design. Sorry, hare! Try again in the spring?
11. Black And Gold Reverse French Stiletto Nails
Classy, moody, and just slightly witchy. These stiletto gold cuffed nails can seamlessly transition from shoveling to seances, and would only be better if they could just magically make all that snow disappear.
12. Dark Marbled Nails
Everything looks more festive with a hint of gold. Like your house. And your nails. And your cat! Sorry, Fluffers.
13. Dark Green Nails With a Gold Line
Jazz up a plain green look with a striking gold line. Or, a gold wave, if you forgot a ruler.
14. Dark Gray Snowflake Nails With a Cable Knit Design
This nail art pays homage to all the best parts of winter: sparkly decorations, fluffy snow, and cozy sweaters. And, the inevitable gray slush that sticks around until April.
15. Dark Blue Nails With White Stars
You won’t even need a reference photo for these starry nails because it’s already dark out. Just look up and there you go!
16. Black Nails With Glitter
Plain black? Basic. Plain black with glitter? Sparkly basic. Plain black with glitter and a Starbucks in hand? Perfection.
17. Fire Nails
Cold hands? Keep them warm all winter with this fiery look. But gloves are a good back up plan, too.
18. Space Nails
These nails are outta this world! But we’re sure they’ll come back before our next writing assignment is due. Right, guys?
19. Plaid Nails
One of the best parts of winter is cozying up on the couch under a blanket. Until you add another blanket. And then three more. Your nails turn into a blanket. You now exist among the blanket people. Life is good.
20. Black Checkered Nails
Here’s our formal petition to make all chess and checker boards sparkly. Next, we tackle world peace!
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