The best nail polish has the ability to brighten your mood and help you look more groomed, and it's the easiest way to start transitioning both your beauty look and your wardrobe for the New Year. In fact, it's through our nail polish choices that we like to first experiment with a colour. And not to mention that for the strapped-of-cash among us (that's everyone, right?), this is an affordable way to try something new now.
So which nail colours are the shades du jour? Well, the autumn/winter catwalks were all about colour, and the same can be said for the nail trends. From poppy reds to rich greens via pretty lilac hues, the shade you choose is totally down to you, but if we were to pick? Well, we're really into wearing mood-boosting sunny nail shades right now—if nothing else but to brighten up these grey skies.
Metallics were everywhere on nails at the autumn/winter shows, but so were personalised, individual manicures, like these quirky nail-art looks. Whatever nail polish you choose, make sure you wear it on neat nails with tidy, nourished cuticles—CND's SolarOil (£13) can help with that. Once your nails are in check, scroll down for 27 of the best nail polishes to wear now.
Like a delicious glass of Malbec, Dark Like Me is a rich shade that just looks expensive.
Lilac shades are having a bit of a moment right now, and Lavender Smoke is like a soft heather hue that is supremely forgiving to a not-so-steady hand.
The flecks of silver shimmer in this polish will make nails look like mini starry skies.
It's a classic, but RGB's baby pink comes up pretty true to the bottle—not sheerer.
Either wear this top coat above your favourite pastel polish shade or on its own for nails that look like crystals.
The slightly grey undertones give Jessica's plum shade a creamy finish.
Soft metallics and holographic shimmers, like this one by Topshop, are great for matching with your New Year's Eve party look.
Butter London's teal polish is glossier than most.
It's an unusual pairing—dark brown polish with super-fine gold glitter—but weirdly enough, it works.
Grey is the new nude, haven't you heard?
You'll need Le Mini Marcaron's special light for this polish, but considering it'll give you gel nails to rival a salon, it's worth the investment.
A Dangerous Affair is the sort of toned-down red colour that the most polished women wear.
Chrome nails are big news on Instagram, and this is Louboutin's take: bold and bright.
This rich, juicy orange-red hue is sure to brighten your mood.
Want a luxe shade for your nails? Look no further than this rich lilac.
It's bright, but just looking down at YSL's orangey-yellow on your typing fingertips is seriously uplifting.
Dreaming of your next beach holiday? This watery aqua shade will inspire you.
This off-looking purple is achingly cool.
Want a low-commitment shade? Bourjois's Pink Pocket will perfect the look of nails, and you don't need serious mani skills to apply it.
Chanel's Le Coralium is just the right side of fluorescent.
For some reason, Sally Hansen's Moheato has us dreaming of mint-filled mojitos.
The colour orange is the darling of the fashion world right now, and we love wearing it on our nails too.
Sunshine in a bottle—we're obsessed.
Lauren B's Catalina Cruise will make you feel anything but blue.
Metallics were all over the spring/summer 2017 catwalks, and this inky green shade is a standout.
You can't round up the best nail polishes without a creamy peach hue, and this limited-edition Dior shade called Maybe will definitely sell out (no maybe about it).
This soft coffee-hued polish is a great alternative to a classic nude or barely-there pink.