The Best Basic Nail Colors

Let me tell you something: Sixteen-year-old me loved black nail polish. I couldn’t tell you how many bottles of Rimmel London’s Black Cab I went through. So I’m delighted that black remains top of the basic nail colour leaderboard for an instantly chic mani option. “Dark navy and black have been very popular over the winter, projecting a cool New York vibe,” Huber-Millet told us.

It’s true that deep nails seem to be popular with our American friends (Kerry Washington and Meghan Markle have both stepped out in sultry shades). If black feels a little too harsh for you, don’t worry. Most brands offer deep navy blues, forest greens and wine reds so you can get a similar effect without feeling too goth.