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From snow white to vampy red, W editors share their favorite winter nail polishes.

Smith and Cult nail polish

“Pale mink is one of my favorite Fall/Winter colors, and this shade is a veritable mink coat in a bottle.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

Zoya nail lacquer in Nyssa, $9,


“This classic deep red is my favorite every winter!” – Karla Martinez de Salas, Fashion Market and Accessories Director

Chanel nail polish in Vamp, $27,


“I like to keep my nails super short, which is the best length for this dark evergreen.” – Katie Becker, Beauty Editor

Nails Inc. NailKale in Bruton Mews, $14,


“This Jamie Bochert-inspired color, a dirty grey lavender, reminds me of the grey tinge of a New York snowfall.” – Sam Walker, Assistant Accessories Editor

Jin Soon nail polish in Auspicious, $18,


“I can’t be bothered to sit down for a manicure in the summer, but when winter comes around, having my nails painted a deep red just feels necessary.” – Christina Caldwell, Digital Director

Tenoverten nail polish in Church, $18,


“I love this charcoal color for winter. An added bonus: Londontown’s polishes have long-lasting shine and are infused with vitamins and minerals to keep nails healthy.” – Sarah Leon, Web Editor

“Put the Kettle On” Lakur Enhanced Colour by Londontown, $16,


“No. 24 is a soft, almost nude pink that makes even the palest hands look elegant.” – Mia Adorante, Associate to the Fashion and Style Director

YSL La Laque Couture polish in No. 24 Rose Abstrait, $27,


“This is the perfect navy—dark enough for the season, but light enough that it doesn’t read as black.” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant to the Editor in Chief

Smith and Cult nail polish in Kings and Thieves, $18,


“It may seem counterintuitive to go lighter in colder, darker months, but I find this beautiful, grey-inflected lavender acts as a calming counterpoint to winter blues.” – Vanessa Lawrence, Features Writer

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Forgiveness, $20,


“There is nothing like a classic red. My current favorite is this timeless, season-less hue (in what may be the coolest nail polish bottle ever) from Christian Louboutin.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editorial Associate

Christian Louboutin nail polish in Rouge Louboutin, $50,


“This dark teal reminds me of the blue pines behind my parents’ Maine home.” – Kat Herriman, Digital Editorial Assistant

Smith and Cult Feed the Rich, $18,


“I’ve been loving Orly’s Soul Mate. It’s the perfect red for the holidays—deep and rich without being too vampy.” – Ann Jacoby, Accessories Assistant

Orly nail polish in Soul Mate, $8.50,


“This deep navy with teal shimmer allows me to have the night sky right at my fingertips.” – Kristin Auble, Research Editor

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Monologue, $20,