Nicola Peltz Beckham & Dua Lipa just proved that chocolate nails are *the* winter manicure trend to try

This is how to nail the trend yourself

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / March 08 2024

Every year there's a new neutral nail and moody manicure trend to try. While the former is the perfect answer to a low maintenance summer nail look, the latter is always an undeniable winner come the cooler months (like last year's 'Cherry Mocha' nails trend) . 

Earlier this year we were introduced to the summery 'Soap Nails' trend (AKA 2024's answer to the minimalist neutral manicure), and as the weather transitions into autumn and winter we're adopting a dark neutral — 'Chocolate' nails.

The rich, deep shade is reminiscent of a bittersweet block of 75 per cent cacao, and it's been worn by two of our favourite trend-setting celebrities already — Nicola Peltz Beckham and Dua Lipa.

Peltz Beckham donned the brown shade to sit front row at her mother-in-law, Victoria Beckham's, Fall 2024 Ready To Wear runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Dua Lipa, on the other hand, rocked up to the Brit awards and wrapped her warm chocolate manicured fingers around the trophy for 'Best Pop Act'.

The trend is adaptable depending on the undertone of your complexion, with cool and warm toned polish options abound; cool-toned chocolate nails draw inspiration from bitter, dark chocolate, while warm-toned options are imbued with rich reds that look good enough to eat.

Want to try the 'Chocolate' nails trend for yourself? Keep scrolling for BEAUTYcrew's top cool and warm-toned chocolate nail polishes. 

The best cool-toned chocolate brown nail polishes

1/ O.P.I Nail Lacquer Cliffside Karaoke ($16.65 from Perfumes Club)

  • A luxuriously deep chestnut brown shade 
  • Highly pigmented, long-lasting and chip-resistant formula

2/ Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish 140 Chocolate Eclipse ($4.47 from Chemist Warehouse)

  • A rich milk chocolate shade
  • Long-lasting and dries in 60 seconds

3/ Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Been There Dune That ($18.95 from Priceline)

  • A deep dark chocolate shade with a high-shine, gel-like finish
  • Provides up to eight days of chip-free wear

The best warm-toned chocolate brown nail polishes

1/ Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Cappuccino ($9.95 from Priceline)

  • A bitter mocha hue
  • High-shine, glossy finish

2/ Essie Expressie FX Nail Polish Astral Expression ($19.99 from MECCA)

  • A glossy, patent chocolate brown shade
  • Dries in about one minute

3/ Essie Nail Colour Not To-Do ($11.19 from Priceline)

  • A rich, deep brown shade with red undertones
  • Opaque formula and easy glide brush

On the hunt for more manicure inspiration? Here are 6 nail trends everyone should try at least once in 2024.

Main image credit: @nicolaannepeltzbeckham

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).