The Nail-Polish Shades To Stock Up On Now

In just over a month, we’ll be ringing in 2017 — and we couldn’t be more ready. (2016 has tested us — I mean, we almost lost the peach emoji!) Because with each new year, we get the chance to reinvent ourselves and become the type of people who eat balanced meals, volunteer regularly, and never end up with red lipstick on their teeth. Also, new beauty trends. We really like all the new beauty trends. The easiest way to dip into ’em? Start with the nails.

We chatted with three pro manicurists — Sally Hansen global color ambassador Madeline Poole, nail artist and Smith & Cult ambassador Sarah Bland, and nail artist Miss Pop — to figure out what good things are in store for our manicures in the near future. Turns out, traditional nude polishes are on their way out. Glitter is, thankfully, being replaced by much-easier-to-remove metallics. Brights are big. Want more? Click through to find your nail-polish shopping list for the new year.


High Contrast

“2017 is all about high-contrast and high-impact color,” says Miss Pop. “And these shades are not gently blended. They’re boldly swathed across the nail in bands, triangles, and other geometric shapes.” So pull out your primaries — as well as other bright shades, like lime green and bright yellow — and go bold with your nails.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Gargantuan Green Grape, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.


Dermelect Me Nail Color in Buzz-Worthy, $14, available at Dermelect.


NARS Nail Polish in Ikiru, $20, available at NARS.


Butter London Patent Shine Nail Lacquer in Her Majesty’s Red, $18, available at Butter London.


Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Amazing Grace, $18, available at Deborah Lippmann.


Essie Nail Color in Butler, Please, $9, available at Macy’s.


Earth Tones

According to Bland, black polishes are on their way out. “They had their run, but earth tones will reign supreme next year,” she says. Poole agrees, pointing to transitional colors like neutrals, browns, and gray tones.

Chanel Le Vernis in Garçonne, $28, available at Chanel.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Lacquer in Make My Clay, $8.99, available in December at Ulta Beauty.


Formula X Nail Polish in Gray Matter, $10.50, available at Sephora.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Nirvana, $18, available at Sephora.


Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Get Lucky, $20, available at Deborah Lippmann.


Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Bitter Bitch, $36, available at Tom Ford.


Jin Soon Nail Polish in Toff, $18, available at Jin Soon.


Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Zoulou, $50, available at Sephora.


Texture Play

The easiest trend for 2017? Changing up your manicure’s finish. “This will be popular because it’s incredibly subtle, and creates textures that reflect beautifully off light,” Bland says. We love it because you only need to add one bottle to your nail repertoire — either a matte or a high-shine topcoat.

OPI Matte Top Coat, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.


Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat, $5.49, available at Target.


Smith & Cult Flatte Top Coat, $18, available at Birchbox.


Butter London Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat, $18, available at Ulta Beauty.


Dolce & Gabbana High Shine Coat, $27.50, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar, $15, available at Sephora.


Ciaté London Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish and Effects in Coconut Top Coat, $9, available at Sephora.


Pretty Pastels

After seasons and seasons of nudes, pastels are finally coming back into the fold, according to Poole. “It’s a nice change of pace from barely-there shades,” she says. Sure, pastels for spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking. But they sure do make for a gorgeous manicure.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Blue Orchid, $18, available at Nordstrom.


MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Babysplit, $5.20, available at MAC.


Essie Nail Color in French Affair, $8.50, available at Essie.


Jin Soon Nail Polish in Keppel, $18, available at Jin Soon.


Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in No. 414, $22, available at Nordstrom.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Vapid, $10, available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.


Metallics & Chrome

Skip your glitter in 2017. Metallic and chrome polishes are the big winners for textured lacquers — and all three of our experts agree. We especially love the shades that look like melted-down metals — golds, bronzes, and pewters are all cool options.

Gucci Bold High-Gloss Lacquer in Metallic Sand, $29, available at Gucci.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Lacquer in Therapewter, $8.99, available in December at Ulta Beauty.


Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish in Mayfair Market, $14, available at Sephora.


Dior Vernis in Metal Montaigne, $27, available at Nordstrom.


Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in 1972, $18, available at Birchbox.


Julep Nail Polish in Aubrey, $14, available at Julep.


Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in No Place Like Chrome, $9, available at Ulta Beauty.


Floss Gloss Keys To The Mansion, $8, available at Floss Gloss.

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