Winter is the perfect time to experiment with new nail colours and styles. After all, when it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than experimenting ready for that next night out or an upcoming big event like a wedding.

Whether you prefer bold and dark shades or intricate nail art, there are plenty of options to choose from if you’re looking for the latest trends. Here are some of our top colours and styles for 2023.

Dark and Moody Shades

When it comes to nail colours for winter, dark and moody shades are always in vogue. Some of our current favourites include:

  • Deep Burgundy: A classic winter shade that’s full of drama, deep burgundy is rich, elegant, and utterly timeless. It’s a versatile colour that complements most skin tones and certainly adds a touch of luxury to any outfit.
  • Dark Forest Green: Embrace the enchanting allure of winter and capture the essence of evergreen trees. This strong colour creates a mesmerizing contrast against a snowy backdrop or an evening fog.

Jewel Tones

These shades are vibrant, opulent, and reminiscent of precious gemstones. You might want to channel your inner princess with sapphire blue nails or add of mystery and allure to your nails with amethyst purple. With its rich undertones and hints of shimmer, this is the colour that will make you stand out.

Metallic Finishes

If you’re searching for a more futuristic and edgy look, metallic finishes are certainly in vogue this winter.

  1. Achieve a mirror-like effect with chrome nails. The metallic finish delivers a high shine that would put Wolverine to shame and is perfect for those who have a little Goth in them.
  2. Experiment with foil accents and add a touch of glamour and texture to your nails. Whether it’s a great option if you want an artistic or edgy vibe to your look.
  3. Holographic nails are also in vogue, creating mesmerizing shades that shift and change colours under different lighting conditions. It’s a great way to give your nails an otherworldly and magical appearance.

Apart from the colours, the nail style you choose can also make a difference to your overall look. So what’s hot and what’s not in 2023? Here’s our take:

  1. The biggest trend is to keep it simple and timeless with classic short square nails. It’s a shape that doesn’t offend and provides a clean and polished look that goes well with any outfit.
  2. If you want something a little out of the ordinary, you could go for edgy square nails. This features slightly pointed corners, giving your nails a modern and bold appearance.
  3. If you prefer a softer look, opt for rounded square nails, if that’s not a contradiction. This shape strikes a balance between the classic square and oval shapes, offering a flattering and feminine look.

Graphic nail art is certainly on trend this winter in New Zealand. This is an area that has grown in popularity over the last decade and most salons offer a range of patterned nails. You can embrace the beauty of clean lines creating everything from triangles and squares to intricate patterns. There are more abstract options that include splatters and swirls and unique designs.

And don’t forget about negative space. If you’re a fan of minimalist designs you may want to find out more about this option from your local nail salon.

Matte Finishes are In

While we often think of nails as the shiny-shiny, matte finishes are becoming increasingly popular. They’re seen as sophisticated and more textured and there are several varieties to choose from including velvet, suede and powder matta.

If you’re looking to be on trend this winter, the big key to success is to experiment and go for something out of the ordinary.