7 on-trend nail colours for autumn and winter 2019

When you're thinking of nail colours this season, put away the burgundy and bring out a killer shade that they won't expect

Hair & Beauty

As autumn rolls around again, you may be thinking that darker colours are all that’s on the colour palette for this season. Who could forgive you? Year after year, we’ve been told that wines, emeralds and navies are to be worn between October and February, before the new season hits the stores. But this year, it’s not necessarily all that we’ll be wearing.

This autumn and winter, it’s time to surprise your friends with some unexpected shades. While they might have been waiting for you, the trendy one, to break out your burgundy coloured nails, you’ll actually be spicing up your manicure with something a little more off-kilter, but still very much on-trend.

Here are 7 trend-led nail colours to try this season.

butter London Sun Baker


Great on cakes, even better on your nails. The not-quite-orange, not-quite-brown allure of cinnamon keeps ‘em guessing, and looks stunning with the beautiful neutral tones seen in this season’s fashions. Try a nail polish with a subtle shimmer to keep that guesswork going.

Try butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Sun Baker, £12

OPI Reach for the Sky

Grey Blue

This pale, slightly dulled blue shade brings those icy tones to your nails, without making it look obvious. This colour always looks better when it’s completely opaque (so be prepared to spend time perfecting a few coats), and needs a glossy shine as a final layer.

Try OPI Infinite Shine in Reach for the Sky, £14.99

Nailberry Fashionista

Muted Pink

Coming straight off the walls of a Pantone showroom, this shade is just far enough away from burgundy that it won’t have you feeling same-y. A light berry colour, this brings some warmth to your look, perfect for cosy winter outfits.

Try Nailberry L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Fashionista, £14.50

Barry M Frost Pearly White


Adding shimmer to a white shade turns it from a summer colour to an elegant winter tone. Swipe just one layer over your nails for an understated look, or two coats for something a little more noticeable.

Try Barry M Classic Nail Paint in Frost Pearly White, £2.99

Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Shades of Black Nail Polish in Black Matte,


For a complete contrast to the previous shade, go bold with black. This shade can look edgy or elegant, depending on what you decide to pair with it. You can also play around with textures, too. Why not try a matte black, or a translucent petrol coat on top of a shiny black layer?

Try Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Shades of Black Nail Polish in Black Matte, £2.99

Essie Penny Talk

Rose Gold

Once seen in the aisles of many a homeware stores on items such as cutlery, lamps and paper weights, this is now the perfect colour for your nails. Pack that product on for an almost-mirror-shine finish. Your family will think you’re trying to have a competition with the Christmas tree lights.

Try Essie Nail Polish in Penny Talk, £7.99

China Glaze Mustard the Courage


Do not, we repeat, do not mistake this for yellow. Yellow nails are happy, summery, the kind of thing you would wear for a holiday in Capri. Mustard nails are strong, sultry and paints you as the woman in the office who gets. Stuff. Done.

Try China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Mustard the Courage, £14.20

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