For spring and summer nail colors, our brains go right to pastels and bold brights—rightly so, as those are warm-weather classics. For winter, we have a different color scheme in mind as it's a little less traditional and a bit more opulent for the season. We're painting our nails a rich and luxurious combination of black and gold. It's a classically chic look that we've been seeing all over Instagram and at the salon. Think of it as a much-needed change as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach.
Take a scroll through some fantastic designs, each one different from the last, as we've curated a collection that ranges from ornate and complex to simple and minimalist. There's truly something for everyone. Find our favorite picks below.
Black-and-gold nails don't have to be ostentatious, and can actually be quite delicate, just like Alicia Torello's "Bindi nails" prove. Use a nude polish and accessorize with stick-on jewels.
Black and Glitter Color Block
We love color-blocking with shiny black and sparkly gold—it makes for an architectural and modern look. Try using a polish like Ella + Mila Elite Collection in Drippin' Gold ($11).
This minimalist design is chic and easy to replicate. Go for a bold black base like Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out ($3) then add a small cube at the top of each nail.
Black and Gold Celestial
By now you should know two things. We love minimal designs and an innovative twist. This mani is divine with individual detailing and its slanted shape. Don't want to go too over-the-top? Transform your look by trying out a fun nail shape.
Disco Black and Gold Waves
These disco-esque nails were created using a gold OPI polish called Mirror Escape ($8), from the brand's Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. Perfect for a Saturday night out, they give us Jerry Hall circa 1978 vibes.
Yet another delicately accessorized nail design from one of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow, @nail_unistella.
A Twist on Plaid Perfection
This one is for anyone who doesn't love bold black nails. Do as @oliveandjune did and flip the script by wearing a white base. Then, accent it with linear black patterning and gold detailing.