I've Officially Entered My Dark Nail Era—15 Moody Shades I Can't Stop Wearing


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Before we jump to conclusions, let's get one thing straight. I'll never abandon neutral nail colors. Whether it's a classic nude manicure or a pretty, pearl shade we're talking about, I'll admit that neutrals tend to suit any season or situation. I'll also admit that they can elongate the look of my stubby fingers. So, yes, I like them. I'm just not that into them right now

That's because, lately, I've been having a not-so-subtle love affair with dark nail colors. I'm talking about brooding shades of oxblood red, midnight blue, espresso brown, and inky black. I'm not picky. As long as it's moody and mysterious, I'm in. It's gotten to the point where I haven't touched my neutral nail colors in weeks. They're just sitting in my drawer, collecting dust. And I hate to say it, but that's where they're going to stay for the foreseeable future. Ahead, see 15 nail colors that will convince you to join the dark side (of manicures, that is). 

Oxblood Red

Midnight Blue

Espresso Brown

Rich Plum

Jet Black

Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.