Like any true New Yorker, I am hopelessly addicted to caffeine. My morning cup of coffee is my body’s signal that it’s time to get into gear and take on a city that could care less that we might have overextended our weekly schedule yet again. But my love for hot bean water doesn’t just stop when my reusable mug is empty — the lovely hazelnut hue extends much farther, specifically to my nails. Yes, I am a solid devotee of the brown nails trend, and I guarantee that you will be soon, too.
The utilitarian color has seen something of a renaissance over the past few years, with fashion brands like The Row, Stella McCartney, and Proenza Schouler all debuting their sartorial take on brown during the Fall ‘23 season. Even interior designers have embraced tones of chocolate, mocha, coffee, and walnut in their home and commercial creations (see Sarah Ellison’s ubiquitous Muse Sofa). The beauty industry is no exception, with new brown nail polish options popping up at salons across the country — to match your ‘90s brown lip gloss, of course — which is why I am now convinced that a brown manicure is one of the most stylish minimal manis you can find.
Whether you prefer cooler purple undertones or a warm cinnamon base, there are plenty of options for your, arguably seasonless, brown nails. All you need is a solid base coat to hold the highly pigmented color and a glossy top coat (although the matte nail trend has piqued my curiosity lately) to complete your gorgeous new look. Pair them with a monochrome brown-on-brown outfit or with a pop of color — sky blue and electric orange are two of my go-tos lately — for a fashion-forward manicure that will have everyone exclaiming “I never knew brown could look so chic.”
Revlon Super Lustrous Nail Enamel in Gray Suede
The perfect introductory polish for the nail trend, this stunning brown meets beige shade is the epitome of quiet beauty luxury.
CHANEL LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour in 133 Duelliste
A luxe mocha latté for your nails? Yes please!
JINsoon in Earth Clay
Trust me, toffee tones were made to live on your manicure.
J. Hannah Jewelry Nail Polish in Carob
A perfectly dark and moody carob color that exudes sophistication.
essie Nail Polish in Midnight Delight
Warm cinnamon tones will keep your summer glow on point all season long.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Color Nail Polish in She Wolf
Taupe nails are the definition of high style and this color is no exception.
Pear Nova Classic Lacquer in Michelle Our Mama
Who doesn’t want a silky hot chocolate polish on their nails year-round?
Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre
If you can pair her with a classic Kelly bag, you automatically win.
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