InStyle: As we enter cozy season, it’s only nature we gravitate toward moody colors for our manicures. Dark green nails are especially perfect this time of year, as they add depth, harmonize with the season, and beautifully transition from fall to winter.
“Dark green is the perfect alternative to the traditional oxblood and black nail trends,” says Mabelyn Martin, creative director at Paintbox. “Green has been everyone’s favorite color in fashion for the past few seasons, and deep mossy greens, as well as rich emerald greens, are the perfect way to accessorize your nails this fall and winter.”
“Weather and fashion influence how people get their nails done, and as we transition from summer to autumn, dark green feels appropriate,” says celebrity manicurist Thuy Nguyen. “I painted these dark green nails with a little bit of mermaid glitter and gold-speckled glitter to give this emerald green dimension and sass.”
This gorgeous design features a matte, chalky dark green with white cheetah prints. Having a green base for the animal print gives the design a fresh, yet seasonal look.
When you think of dark green nails, this is a classic shade that immediately comes to mind. It’s Lights Lacquer’s For The Thrill ($11) — the perfect deep green with blue undertones.
Anchoring a solid color with a simple design is a great way to elevate a basic manicure. This look features a dark green base with pale blue squares at the base of each nail.
Jelly polishes are fun because they add a wash of color while staying translucent. This jelly green shade is Verdigris Jelly ($13) from Cirque Colors. The manicure also features the shades Moonstone ($15) and Disco Ball ($13).
Down the Middle
Glossy sheer nails get a simple yet striking accent with these green lines that travel from the tips of the nails and expand to cover the half moons at the base.
This manicure reminds me of an old-school computer screen saver. Each nail has a double circle design that sits at a different spot on each nail, creating movement and appearing as if the circles are bouncing from nail to nail.
Aura nails typically feature a halo of color on a sheer base, so I’m really enjoying this design that puts the aura look on a black base. It’s done on the Sculpted Almond Short ($30) gel tips from Aprés.
Floating in Space
Dark green is the predominant color in this manicure even though a black shade serves as the base. Each nail features two abstract green blobs that really pop against the deep backdrop.
Hint of Sparkle
The contrast between this matte dark green and the subtle sparkly gold half moons is really pretty. The green has lots of blue undertones, adding a layer of vibrancy to the look.
Applying a matte clear coat to a dark green shade allows these nails to look like they’re drapped in cozy velvet.
Premier Gel Emerald ($11) is the main color in this look, which feature dark green French tips and a vine accent.
This blue-based sage from Lights Lacquer is aptly names Old Money ($11). It’s a gorgeous shade that pairs so well with gold jewelry.
Keep your dark green nails classic and simple with a few coats of Like Wild ($22) from Paintbox. It’s a neutral sage green that’s super gorgeous.
If moss could sparkle, it would look like this beautiful polish from Lights Lacquer in the shade To the Nines ($11). It has golden undertones and a hint of shimmer to create a dimensional look from just a few swipes of polish.
Perfect for an understated holiday manicure, this design features a classic plaid design composed of OPI shades Stay Off The Lawn! ($12), Lincoln Park After Dark ($12), and Berlin There Done That ($12).
These Matisse-esque dark green blobs are painted with the shade Mistletoe Kisses ($10) from Color Dept and pop against this milky nude base.
Nail tip designs don’t always have to look like French tips. This design features a dark green base for white and yellow flowers.
If you want an understated festive look in a pinch, reach for this shade from Orly, Faux Fir ($11). It’s a pretty green with golden undertones and a subtle shimmer.
These nails look like the perfect present — they feature a deep shimmery green and milky sheer nude split by a gold line accented with a gold star.
This St. Patrick’s Day nail design features a blend of abstract blobs, swirls, and four-leaf clovers using Aprés shades Aloe You Vera Much ($15) and Sage Advice ($15) along with Gold Artgel ($4) on top of Alex Medium Round ($15) gel-x tips.
This smoky, green-and-black marbled nail look is the epitome of moody nail designs. It’s done on top of the Natural Stiletto Long ($17) gel-x tips from Aprés.
These Kelly green nails keep it simple with a white circle dotted with a smaller gold metal accent at the base. They’re pretty and super easy to replicate.
For a kitschy winter design, this look features gnomes and a cable-knit sweater design created with Aprés shades Cloud Nine ($15) and Kana Believe It ($15) on top of the Sculpted Round Short ($17) gel-x tips.
Using Cat eye gels ($19) from Daily Charme and a magnet, this polish color shifts from black to green, blue, and purple shimmer.
Matte yellow-ish green nails are accented by glossy nude nails with a single green dot. It’s easy yet graphic and totally chic.
Perfect for winter, these nails feature deep, shimmery green nails and evergreens on a milky white, snowy backdrop.
Featuring an array of Magpie Beauty polishes, this look has a blend of milky white, dark green, and dark gray as a camouflage-inspired base. Atop, hand-painted white leaves and tiny pieces of gold leaf add the finishing touches.
This cozy winter manicure features a dark green cable-knit sweater design along with pine trees and gold glitter. It’s super fun and festive.