Jazz up your winter outfits with these eco nail polish shades for the holidays!
By Jenna Catherine
When you’re opening Christmas presents, holding a glass of bubbly at the office fete or grasping a clutch whilst celebrating New Year’s Eve at the most decadent bars in the city, you know your nails will be on display. They’re essentially an accessory for your holiday outfit, and should be ‘dressed’ accordingly.
While summer skin demands corals, pinks and primaries in terms of nail colours, winter requires something a bit sultrier: deep berry shades, sparkly rock hues and flashy metallics – all of which are perfect matches for a festive LBD.
Of course, you should only use eco nail polish shades – or what is now called ‘5 free’ polish – that is to say, nail varnishes that don’t contain the five most harmful chemicals that can hurt your health if you breathe in the fumes or if they penetrate through the pores of your nails. In fact, some brands go further and claim to reduce even more chemicals from their formulae, making them anywhere between 5-10 ‘free’.
Here, I’ve not only made video to show you how to get a perfect home manicure, but I’ve also compiled what I think are the 10 best eco nail polish shades for the holidays to make you feel just that wee bit prettier, no matter where you are or what you’re wearing.
Why does it seem on cold nights, you can see the stars even more clearly? This golden hue from the Smith & Cult reminds us of the stars you see when you look up before entering a relative’s home for a warming holiday dinner. Mysterious and beautiful and glam for the holidays.
This opaque plum shade is perfect for Christmas – it reminds us of plummy pudding! This lasts around two weeks when used with a top coat, getting you all the way through the holidays without needing a touch up.
What a great gift idea! This vegan friendly polish comes in all shades of birthstones, from Ruby and Emerald to Opal and this one in Aquamarine, with its gorgeous iridescent shimmer. Breakthrough oxygen technology powers this fast-drying, long-lasting nail polish to get nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time.
If you want your winter nails to be the exact shade that Santa Claus’s suit is (probably!), you’ll want to try this slick, glamorous hue by Kure Bazaar.
German designer Bernhard Willhelm has paired up with Uslu Airlines to create a palette of unique shades we not only would love to wear with sweaters and jeans, but can somehow imagine working on a wall in a Nordic chic home. There are too many here to choose from, but for those who love to match their polish to their clothing exactly, the black, blue and grey shades are pretty much guaranteed to reflect something in your wardrobe!
It may say ‘Mermaid’, but for us, this hue invokes icicles, snowballs and crystalline snowflakes. I mean, wouldn’t Elsa from Frozen just adore this frosty blue shade?
Ah, plums! They’re pretty, purple and perfect in puddings! This warm violet shade evokes traditional sticky Christmas desserts. And the best part? All of Ella +Mila’s nail polishes are so non-toxic that they’re the perfect choice for dolling up not only your nails for the festive season, but for your little one’s, too.
8. Zoya Sansa
You know who really knew ‘winter is coming’? Sansa. Sansa Stark, that is. Which is maybe why Zoya named this winter’s hottest shade after her.
Make like a peacock and really show off in this sparkly teal shade (left) by Deborah Lippmann! Why is it great for the holidays, you may ask? Well, for me, it evokes thoughts of one of those glittery ball Christmas tree decorations – but the other shades in this gel lab pro collection are gorgeous, too!