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There are so many things to love about the changing seasons when travelling. Changing nail shades is one of them.

If you are spending the next few months in Australia, a new nail shade is an easy way to brighten up the winter weather. These are also the perfect shades for Europe later in the year if a white Christmas is on your mind.

Winter doesn’t mean you’re limited to sporting black or dark shade nails all the time. Switching colours for the season is what makes winter fun and exciting.

These are the shades you need on your nails for the winter. 

BEST FOR A WINTER CLASSIC RED 

Dior Vernis Couture in ‘Rouge Cinema’ ($43)

You know winter’s here when you switch out pastel mint blue for a deep, cherry red. This winter classic is super luxe, creamy and rich in colour. In addition, it’s incredibly long-lasting, which is just as important in winter. This colour formula is suitable for any complexion and can definitely transform the lazy, winter, all-day-in-bed energy into nights by cooking up a cozy, comfort meal with a bottle of red.

Dior Rouge Cinema

BEST ALTERNATIVE TO WINTER BLACK

Miss Frankie in ‘Perfect Stranger’ ($23)

Miss Frankie Perfect Stranger

Mastering the perfect shade of muted blue/grey can be difficult, but Miss Frankie knows what they’re doing when it comes to nails. This polish requires no base or top coat and dries in a minute. It’s the perfect winter colour and differs from the standard black. Best of all, Miss Frankie is an all Australian-made brand that operates on a fully vegan formula which ensures that nails stay strong and don’t brittle.

BEST FOR A VIBRANT LOOK

Essie in ‘Aruba Blue’ ($13.99)

Winter blues call for electric blue nails to bring a bit of joy back into the wintertime. It’s bold, impactful, youthful and extremely fun. It strikes the eye yet remains sophisticated and stylish at the same time. Essie’s Aruba blue gives off a super sleek, frosted look and glides onto the nail ever-so-smoothly.

Essie Aruba Blue

BEST NATURAL SHADE

786 Cosmetics in ‘Giza’ ($19)

786 Cosmetics Giza

This beige nail shade is inspired by the Egyptian pyramids in Giza. Giza is a cool-toned, moody nude with subtle hues of grey, and works to complement any skin tone. 786 is best known for their breathable and chip-resistant nail polishes. Nude shades are fabulous for the wintertime, especially if you want to keep your nails looking clean, delicate and freshly manicured.

BEST FOR THE TRANSITION TO SPRING 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel O Zone in ‘You Didn’t’ ($9.99)

Pantone’s colour of 2022, ‘very peri’, makes for a gorgeous nail colour too. Pantone says that it displays a “carefree confidence and daring curiosity” – and this is exactly the look we want to parade all year round. Sally Hansen’s, ‘You Didn’t’ is a lighter, lavender version of very peri. With this polish, no UV lamp is necessary – a salon gel manicure can be achieved at home, for little cash.

Sally Hansen You Didn't

BEST FOR A SOFT LOOK

Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Amanda’ ($19)

Zoya Amanda

This shade is best described as a medium muted peach with undertones of pink, brown and mauve, making it the crème de la crème shade for any skin tone. It’s also really pretty, subtle pop of colour to have for wedding season too. Zoya’s nail polish in ‘Amanda’ is an elegant and timeless neutral that will complement any outfit you flaunt in the winter. 

BEST FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold ($5.39)

Winter doesn’t mean parties are cancelled or postponed – that’s why it’s the perfect time to whip out the metallics. Sally Hansen’s ‘Go For Gold’ perfectly contrasts the winter gloom by adding a touch of warmth and sparkle to your nails. This colour proves that the ‘so-called summer shades’ aren’t just for the summer – they’re just as stunning in icy weather.

Sally Hansen Go For Gold

BEST FOR EVERY LOOK

Miss Frankie ‘Time to Sparkle Mini Gift Set’ ($39.95)

Time to Sparkle Mini Gift Set

If you’ve gone through this list and still undecided on the shade you’re going to buy, Miss Frankie’s ‘Time to Sparkle Mini Gift Set’ is a four-piece mini set collection of vivid colours that has got your back – and is perfect for travel. Featuring ‘summer fun’ (a vibrant coral), ‘just peachy’ (a pastel peach), ‘sweet love’ (a bright pink’) and ‘only glitter (a glittery rose gold). The set has you covered for every look and every emotion – whether you want to feel classy and daring with the bold red for date night, carefree and playful with a shimmer for celebrations, or sweet and simple with effortless shades of pink for day-to-day outings.

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Janelle is an ambitious writer who is constantly chasing the trendiest topics. She loves to immerse herself in other cultures, especially through food, and making new memories with her loved ones. Her favourite places to travel internationally so far, include the Philippines, Canada and Japan. She hopes to add Europe soon into her list of places that she has been to.

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