Sophisticated and cool, navy nails feel infinitely modern. The shade is dark and deep without skewing downcast, and packs the calming, reliable power of blue into a decidedly chic polish job. Think midnight sky. Think the deepest waters. Think the highlight of a raven’s wing (we’re going somewhere here, we promise). Navy comes with an innate air of mystery, the dark blue acting as a neutral base with some major attitude. As a bonus, the shade is a seasonless one, elevating looks and vibes year-round. Shapes and finishes completely shift the nature of navy blue: Oval with a shiny top coat feels entirely refined, while a matte finish leans modern. Add metallic, and you’re toeing the line between futuristic and retro. Opt for an abbreviated manicure, a series of hearts, or a diminutive evil eye motif, and navy is suddenly cute (but still elevated, of course).
Whether pulled across tops in a micro French, checked in neutral and blue, or dotted across nail beds, the darkest azure hue makes a major statement with minimal effort.
We scrolled Instagram in search of the most aspirational navy nails. Here, a round-up of 25 of the best deep blue options for you to dive into.