10 Best January Nail Colors to Wear Right Now


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HELLO to a new year!

Now that New Year’s is done and over with, what’s next? Sadly…three more months of winter. But fret not. January can be a fun month if you know how to embrace it. And one of the easiest (and cheapest!) way to brighten up your mood is to put on a fresh coat of nail polish.

January nail polish colors call for pretty pinks and purples, warm and cozy browns, and bright colors too. You could go with a dark navy blue or black for January nail colors too, but I prefer something much happier and cheerful.

P.S. – If you want to know the best nail polish colors for winter, check out this post.

Below are my top picks of the best trending nail colors for January.

No blacks or dark dreary nail polish colors allowed!

You’ll also find cute winter outfit ideas and winter outfits with sweaters to wear with each January nail polish color. Because…why not?

10 Best January Nail Colors to Wear Right Now 

3-2-1 Blast Off! Let's jump right in to the best January nail polish colors to wear right now.

1. Metallic Light Pink

OPI January nails pink Snowfalling for You
OPI: Snowfalling for You

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This warm and shiny pink nail polish is perfect for a cold winter day.

Outfit Idea for January

Pair this metallic pink nail polish color with a light blue suede jacket for a nice contrast.

light blue suede jacket
Allegra K Moto Jacket

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2. Light Baby Pink

light baby pink for January nails by OPI Let's Just Be Friends
OPI: Let's Just Be Friends

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This light baby pink nail polish is welcoming and warm for a cold January night.

Outfit Idea for January

Pair this girly pink nail polish with a white sweater dress and light brown booties for a cute winter outfit.

January winter outfit idea with sweater dress and booties
ANRABESS Sweater Dress

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3. Purple Taupe

OPI January nail polish color Taupless Beach purple taupe
OPI: Taupe-Less Beach

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This light grey and lavender nail polish is the perfect shade of gray. This January nail polish color looks professional and is great with anything.

January Winter Outfit Idea

Pair this neutral gray nail polish with a cozy cream sweater and the best red lipgloss.

winter outfit idea with chunky cream sweater and jeans
ZESICA Women's Turtleneck Sweater

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4. Winter White

January nail polish in white with OPI Snow Day in LA
OPI: Snow Day In LA

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This pearly white nail polish is perfect for January.

Winter Outfit Idea

Wear this wintery January nail polish with a floral red dress for a fun winter date night outfit.

red floral v-neck dress with long sleeves
UGUEST Long Sleeve V Neck Dress

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5. Sparkly Gray

essie Go with the Flowy sparkly gray January nail polish
essie: Go With The Flowy

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This snowy gray nail polish for January has a slight sparkle and is perfect for winter.

January Winter Outfit Idea

Wear this pretty gray nail polish with a matching gray sweater and jeans for a cozy fall or winter outfit.

cozy gray sweater outfit idea for winter with jeans
ANRABESS Women's Turtleneck

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6. Soft Brown

Smith & Cult Mannequin moves soft brown for January nail color
Smith & Cult: Mannequin Moves

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This light brown nail polish is a rich nail polish color perfect for January.

January Outfit Idea

Wear light brown nail polish with a sexy off-shoulder light blue sweater and jeans.

sexy and casual outfit idea with off shoulder sweater and jeans
ZCSIA Long Sleeve Wrap V Neck

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7. Dark Dramatic Brown

essie Good Knight nail polish in dark brown for January nails
essie: Good Knight

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This dark brown nail polish reminds me of hot coffee on cold January mornings!

January Outfit Idea

Brown looks great when paired with dark green or white. Pair this January nail color with a flattering sweater dress and boots for a cute outfit.

green sweater dress outfit for January with tights
v28 Sweater Dress

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I own this sweater dress in red and cream. It’s perfect for the winter! It’s warm and hugs all your curves in the right places.

8. Pretty in Peachy Pink

January nail polish color in light pink by essie in Princess Charming
essie: Princess Charming

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This light pink nail polish will make you feel like a princess when it’s cold and dreary outside.

Stylish Outfit Idea for January

Wear a black sweater dress with light pink nail polish, hoop earrings, and glossy lipstick for a stylish outfit this winter.

January winter outfit idea with black sweater dress and pink nails
Mansy Women's Sexy Cocktail Dress

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Pair with sheer black tights if it is cold outside.

9. Bold Red

essie Bubbles Only bright red nail polish for winter, Christmas, and January
essie: Bubbles Only

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This shiny and red nail polish is perfect for January. When it’s dreary outside, why not wear something bold?

January Outfit Idea

Pair this bold red nail polish with a casual white sweater and black leggings to make your nail polish really stand out.

winter outfit idea with white sweater and black leggings
ANRABESS Batwing Sweater

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10. Sparkly Pink

sparkly pink nail polish by Smith & Cult in Ceremony of Secrets
Smith & Cult: Ceremony of Secrets

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I absolutely love this sparkly pink nail polish. It has rose gold hues in it too.

Winter Outfit Idea

Get all cozy at home by pairing this January nail polish with a fun loungewear outfit.

pink tie dye loungewear outfit
PRETTYGARDEN Tie Dye Two Piece Pajamas Set

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FAQs about Winter Nail Trends

Have a question? Leave a comment below!

What nail colors are in for January 2022?

According to some, the best colors for January nails are light grey, navy blue, dark green, light pink, and deep purple.

In my opinion, the best January nail colors are a mix of pretty pinks, shimmery pastel colors, and a mix of deep purples and browns.

What’s the #1 best color for January nails?

My favorite nail polish color for January nails is sparkly gray.

You really can’t wear gray nail polish most of the time, so why not embrace it in January?

Light gray is the go-to nude color for winter as an alternative to a light pink or a neutral light brown.

Should I wear a dark nail polish or a light nail polish for January nails?

It depends on your preference!

Dark Nail Polish for January:

If you want to wear a dark nail polish color, January is probably the BEST month to go with a dark nail polish.

Fall nail polish colors tend to be a mix of browns, and spring and summer are usually pretty pastels or bright, cheerful colors.

Light Nail Polish for January:

If you like lighter nail polish colors, I recommend sticking with a light nail polish for January. I personally love wearing white in January, a shimmery pink, or a light baby pink nail polish.

What brands have the best nail polish colors for January?

Essie has some GREAT colors for January nails. I particularly like the essie red nail polish for January.

OPI nail polish is always a safe bet as well, and Smith & Cult has some really nice metallics and shimmery nail polish colors.

If you shop at Target, check out the Olive & June nail polish. Olive & June has some fun colors.

Can I wear Christmas nail polish colors in January?

Yes, you can absolutely wear Christmas nail polish colors in January.

In fact, with dark green and bright red being two of the top nail colors for January, there’s no reason to change your nail polish if the polish isn’t chipped yet.

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