Just like wardrobe staples shift for the coldest months of the year, so do manicures. When it comes to manicures that are picture-perfect for winter, darker hues tend to be the star of the show. Instead of reaching for your go-to bottle of navy, plum, oxblood, or slate polish, though, why not try dark green this season for something fresh and perfectly timely?
Whether you hadn't considered the shade before or simply need more inspo, we're here to show you just how pretty dark green nail polish can be. From classic French manicures to abstract swirls and animal prints, ahead you'll find over a dozen dark green nail art ideas to try this winter. Have fun trying to pick just one to recreate.
Mint and Evergreen Combo
As beautiful as dark green polish is on its own, pairing it with its palest counterpart can make for a lovely contrast. Here, you can see how well mint and evergreen coincide. To recreate this nail art idea, consider using nail striping tape or an ultra-thin striping brush to perfect the sharp lines.
Tortoiseshell may be most popular in fall, but here you can see how nicely this nail art idea pairs with high-shine spruce lacquer. For an even more luxe appeal, add gold flake accents, like WFAUIBR's Gold Leaf Gilding Resin Flakes ($6).
Green and Black Snake Print Nails
Looking for something a bit more wild? This snakeskin-inspired nail art idea is bound to turn heads.Given its intricate nature, we will note that you’ll likely need a pro to help recreate it.
Green and White Checker Nails
Checkered nails are very in in 2022, so as we close out the year and head into 2023, you can’t go wrong with this dark green, baby blue, and white nail art idea.
Minimalist Abstract Emerald
Remember: You don’t have to cover your entire nail in dark green polish to make an impact. Here, you can see how a minimalist abstract outlined approach is just as beautiful.
Green and Blue Wave Nails
Love the green, blue, and white color palette but prefer a more abstract design? This wavy option will fit your fancy.
Metallic Green French Heart Tips
Considering dark green isn’t the most conventional nail polish color, consider pairing it with a reimagined classic nail art idea. Here, we have a French mani, but instead of smooth, curved lines, the tips are metallic green hearts.
Retro Groove Nails
Dark green nail polish works well in ombré designs, too. Instead of dedicating one nail to each color of the fade, though, consider this retro striped swirl idea.
Earthy Green Nails
These might not be the darkest green nails, but they do still offer a moodier, dustier take on the hue. To recreate the look, start with a khaki base and top it off with army green accents.
Matte Swirl Nails
A manicure doesn’t have to be shiny to make a statement. This matte evergreen nail art idea proves it.
Gold Leaf Accents
Green and gold pair beautifully, making this marble-accented nail idea a total show-stopper. Best of all, it won’t take as long to recreate since three of the nails are solid green.
Dark Green Vortex Nails
For a more artistic take on the green nail polish trend, consider this vortex-esque nail art idea. Since it’s not meant to look perfect, it’s an easy mani to bring to life using dark green and white nail polish, as well as a slim nail striping brush.
Dark Green Mix and Match
Evergreen, sage, and white can make one heck of a palette for a winter-ready nail look, don’t you think? By keeping the wavy accent to one nail per hand and painting the rest in solid colors, you get all the statement with minimal hassle.
Chrome Dark Green Nails
With a chrome finish dark green nail polish, you won’t even have to bother with intricate designs. The lacquer will speak for itself.
Green and White Angular French Tips
Here we have a sharp, criss-cross French manicure using green and white polish with a slim stripe of silver for a little extra festive flair.
Textured Dot Nails
These textured dot nails remind us of Seth Rogen’s Insta-famous pottery. You, too?
For another wild-inspired dark green mani, check out this croc recreation. These nails almost look wet thanks to the application method. Needless to say, you’ll likely want to book a manicure appointment for this intricate design.
Just because you want to rock dark green nail polish doesn’t mean you can’t pair it with a brighter shade. Just look how fun army green and neon coral look paired together.
Create interest with just one color by going for a different dark green abstract design on each nail and embracing the negative space. Since there's so much variation, it doesn't have to be perfect.
Last but not least, let us remind you: Nail art is great and fun and snap-worthy, but solid polishes can be, too. Case in point: This Death Valley Nails Born With Thorns shade ($14).