Nail polish trends tend to line up with the seasons: For winter, deeper shades like
glossy black and midnight blue perfectly complement the freezing temps and 4 p.m. sunset. But according to the pros, this season's up-and-coming picks also draw inspiration from emerging neutral color trends, as well as some glittery red and gold undertones of the holiday season.
Ahead, you'll get your first look at the experts' nail-polish trend predictions for
winter 2020-2021. Shop your favorite shade now, before you're sitting at your next Zoom happy hour and see the shimmery rose gold of your dreams wrapped around the stem of someone else's wine glass. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. 1 of 10 Iridescent Shimmer
In lockstep with this season's breakout nail-art trend,
, comes an iridescent polish that delivers a mesmerizing soft-velour finish in a single coat.
Lights Lacquer Alexandrite, $9.50
Buy 2 of 10 Burgundy
You can't go wrong with the winter classic: a high-shine
. Celebrity nail artist
says the trending tonal range is wide. "I'm constantly pulling burgundy, wine, and berry shades this time of year," he tells us. Our most worth-it polish pick: Mischo's gorgeously rich blend of reddish brown with cranberry undertones.
Front Row, $20.00
Buy 3 of 10 Light Oak
Somewhere between a light taupe and a mahogany lives this season's trending shade of oak brown. If you're looking for one of the best earth-toned neutrals to take into your December wardrobe, we'd recommend this bottle by Pear Nova named in honor of
Pear Nova MICHELLE OUR MAMA, $13.50
Buy 4 of 10 Bright Red
When it comes to
red nail polish
, you want to make sure you get the undertones just right. While some bottles read too orange and others too blue, this Suite Eleven shade is the perfect candy-apple color.
Suite Eleven From Brooklyn With Love, $11.00
Buy 5 of 10 Paintbox
Nail Lacquer in Like Dreams, $22.00
Buy 6 of 10 Olive Green
According to celebrity nail artist
— specifically, the color of a martini
— will continue to gain traction through winter. "Light pistachio was popular for a moment, but for winter I see one shade deeper," Alcedo says. "Olive is on trend
plays well around the holidays. My favorite is Olive for Green by
Olive for Green, $13.00
Buy 7 of 10 Sable Brown
is the new black — and even chicer, at that, according to Olive & June founder
Sarah Gibson Tuttle
. "A rich chocolate brown is the most fashion-forward neutral," she says. "Our take is a glazed dark-chocolate brown, and we'll definitely be seeing a lot more of it this winter."
Olive & June
Olive & June CN Nail Polish, $8.00
Buy 8 of 10 Rose Gold
Tuttle also confirms that shiny
manis are of the moment, especially the pale pink-tinged variety. "
is currently a favorite shade," she says. "You can wear as a solid color or add it as a nail-art accent." This polish — Reflection Perfection from
Essie's metallic line
— is that perfect sparkling-rosé shade.
Intergalactic Metals Collection Reflection Perfection, $9.00
Buy 9 of 10 Deep Purple There's something about a deep gothy purple that is both edgy and elegant at the same time — the perfect complement to any crewneck sweatshirt or house dress. To make this NVLA polish all the more appealing, Alcedo tells us it's one of Amal Clooney's go-to shades. NVLA
NVLA Perfect Image,
$18.00 $14.00 Buy 10 of 10 Mustard Yellow
The real shocker of this trend report might be the dark-yellow prediction. "Mustard is going to be one of the top winter nail trends," says Alcedo. "It's not
, but a deep and rich yellow. I love Urbanized by Cirque Colors."