The 8 most iconic red nail polish shades
You NEED these in your collection
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / September 15 2020
Is there anything more iconic than a freshly painted set of red lacquered nails? We think not. Whether you’re a fan of a poppy orange-red or you prefer a dark and brooding shade of crimson, the ageless beauty trend literally suits everyone and anyone.
But, it has to be said, not all reds are created equal. In fact, some shades are so iconic that they’ve been living ever-so illustriously since their conception decades ago – we’re looking at you ‘Cherries in the Snow’.
Below you’ll find eight iconic shades of red that you’ll forever find in our kit, because one is simply never enough.
CHANEL LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour in 18 Rouge Noir
The cool, fashion ‘it-girl’ shade of red – Chanel’s deep-toned Rouge Noir – instantly elevates any outfit it’s paired with, plus the moody shade is perfect for those who aren’t too keen on eye-catching traditional bright reds.
OPI Infinite Shine in Dutch Tulips
As the floral name may suggest, this pinky-red offering from OPI is inspired by the brilliant hue of the fields of Holland’s most iconic flower – the tulip. It’s the perfect peppy shade for spring in our opinion.
REVLON Classic Nail Enamel in Cherries In The Snow
The OG of iconic reds AND a budget price point? Umm yes please. If the fact that everyone in your family from your grandma, to your mum, aunts and cousins probably loves this isn’t enough of a selling point – the classic ruby shade can also be matched to your Revlon lipstick for that much-loved ‘lips and tips’ look.
Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue
A true orange-red, this offering is a staple in our nail wardrobe come the warmer months. Not only does the vibrant hue instantly freshen up any outfit, it also pairs VERY well with a tan and a deliciously healthy summer glow.
butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Polish in Her Majesty's Red
Inspired by the rich shades traditionally found in royal finery, this deep rouge hue lends an air of elegance and refinement to any outfit. Pair the rich red with ripped jeans and chunky Doc Martens to really nail that London look.
OPI Infinite Shine in Got the Blues for Red
A true blue-based red, pair this polish with a pointed almond nail shape for femme fatale nails that would make Lana Del Rey blush. Leather jacket optional of course.
DIOR Rouge Dior Vernis in 999 Rouge
The bougie woman’s red, this classic rich rouge shade adds a delicate touch to any manicure, plus the neutral undertone makes it a great all-rounder for any occasion. Think high tea in the morning and a candlelit dinner with your beau by evening.
Essie Nail Polish in Bordeaux
Though the name may conjure images of sprawling French countryside and vineyards, this deep blood-red hue is actually more likely to leave you reminiscing on your favourite episodes of True Blood. Either way, delicious.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.