When considering the colder season, you might safely predict that the forecast for fall nail colors would feature a tried-and-true mix of black, bright red or navy. But if you truly want to embrace what’s trending, there are more adventurous tints to turn to when lacquering up. It’s all about opting for a shade less ordinary and adopting a fresh color update that’s a real headliner. So, without further ado, we uncover the top fall nail colors and designs that will take your nail game to a whole new level.
Fall Nail Colors
1. Creamy Blue Nails
During the last few fall to winter seasons, you could say that blue has become the new black. And the trends reveal that this autumn is no exception. For this, we can thank the elegant versatility of galaxy and midnight blue as critical shades. But as the chill starts to set in, we suggest you try a lighter more dreamy mani before plunging into the deep end of the spectrum. You’ll adore how this creamy blue mutes down to look powdered and neat. A shade like this wears as soft as a cloud. It’s also perfect for doubling with chambray or white denim; and will give a new lift to your office outfits. Whether you’re blonde or brunette, a set of creamy blue nails will look great on any nail shape and will start your autumn day on the right track.
2. Soft Red Nails
Juicy reds are rocketing up the style charts this fall. But why is this news? You’ll notice that the most delicious red nails of all, favored by discerning fashion folk, are gentle on the eye and more romantic in their undertones. We’re not suggesting that chilli pepper and other bold reds don’t have their place. But for a more modern, up-to-the-moment look, a mouthwatering set of cranberry nails or a drop of claret, have found their way to the top of our color picks. Remember, you can extend any shade to your lips to accent the beauty of your hands. Soft red is a color that works just as well on short nails, long claws or a pout. So the only question is, how red-dy are you?
3. Royal Dark Teal Nails
In right royal fashion, striking teal has been rocked by the duchess herself, Meghan Markle. From the realms of the Egyptian Pharaohs to the Aztecs, royal teal has been a sought-after shade since forever and a perfect color choice to refresh your nails this season. Lighter teal and turquoise are seen as a summer nails hue, and this rich dark jewel tone is tracking as one of the coolest manicures for fall. For best effects, team your turquoise nail design with black or soft neutrals like sand or tan. Opt for the Cleopatra treatment at your next salon visit and lavish your fingers with on-trend turquoise.
4. Milk Chocolate Nails
These tantalizing talons look good enough to eat! Be tempted by this gorgeous mid-tone brown, and you’ll be transported back to the 70s when this shade was at its peak. We love the revival of the trend as a nail color this time around. A comeback color that’s not only sweet, but also a tad luxurious, and adds a definite bite when coordinating with your lighter neutrals. As the temperature drops, this hot chocolate nail hue will work a treat with cozy woolens and as a complement to brown leather boots. Always sumptuous and never dull, a milk choc mani is sure to shake up your style.
5. Glossy Fuchsia Nails
A fuchsia manicure is the epitome of glamour. Blooming with exotic allure, this enchanting nail color will remind you of a corsage of orchids, introducing a flash of hothouse flair to your fall. The vibrancy of fuchsia will not only enliven your nails; it will also elevate your mood. Perfect for coffin or almond shape nails, in this super glossy finish, fuchsia shade is set to become a new autumn classic. You’ll feel like you’ve just escaped to the tropics!
6. Light Grey Nails
One of the most refined nail colors of the season is a frosty, washed-out grey. We’re gaga about it in a matte finish which shows off this graceful hue to an almost silvery perfection. Being an understated shade, your light grey nails will look equally elegant at a business meeting or at a wedding. Less austere than darker tints, this manicure looks divinely feminine in an almond design that’s finely squared at the tips. Partner your light grey nails with solid black tailoring to heighten a sense of drama; or amp up the class by pairing them with cool white to bring out a timeless appeal.
7. Glitter Nails
Sprinkle round the glitter this fall to spruce up your nails in spectacular style and add a 3D effect. From cocktails to festive occasions, sparkly nails are a brilliant way to show off your hands to the hilt. There are so many shades to choose from, but we love this gold glitter polish on the feature nails combined with nude and solid gold on other fingers. Your jazzy hands will dazzle brightly when accompanied by a little black dress. Or go the full diva and accent with a silver metallic bag or sequinned blazer. As a nail design, a glitter mani sets the stage for unadulterated fun and is sure to add a dash more glitz to the good times.
8. Sand Nails
The whispery shade of sand is possibly the most surprisingly polished nail color on our list. Don’t let the beige appearance fool you; this is one nude not to be overlooked this fall. With a subtle range of undertones, from custard to grey mist, this new neutral is for the consummate sophisticate who always looks pulled together with minimal fuss. The popularity of sand comes from its ease of effort – it’s simply so versatile to wear in almost any environment – yet still manages to look extraordinary. Whether you have porcelain hands, or tan or olive skin, sand color delivers an iconic mani that’s flattering on everybody.
9. Ombre Nails
Ombre shading is a gorgeous way to wear your favorite nail colors with ultra-cool style. A beautiful soft gradient will give a whimsical twist to your standard manicure, especially when designed with fall’s favorite colors. This muted mauve polish is at the height of current fashion. Work it into an ombre with red to create a standout feminine look that will have you doubly in vogue. Try some of the least likely ombre nails combos of the season by fusing moss with emerald green, or tiger orange with dark cheddar. You’re only limited by your imagination – and just a set of nails away from being a knockout!
10. Holographic Nails
Finally, the least predictable and perhaps most breathtaking nail design of the set. Since Gigi Hadid first rocked her chrome pinkies at the Met Gala, this shiny holographic nail look has continued to rise in popularity. Overtaking straight metallics it’s easier to achieve than it looks. Reflective pigments can be layered upon your regular varnish to give this mani its mirror finish. Try a more polished version of this trend in reigning purple; it subtly glows with a delicate shimmer rather than has a full-on futuristic feel. As stunningly arresting as ever, it’s slightly less outré than wearing a whole holo of rainbows. But no matter how far you want to push it, the holographic sheen is one trend that won’t be outshone.
11. Olive Green Nails
Olive green is a gorgeous shade of greyish-green that makes for a stunning and easy-to-wear manicure. The color is not so bold and bright that it is hard to wear and can pair well with multiple colors. This includes maroon, tan, beige, purple, and red. You can also play around with the finishes, opting for matte nails or a glitter lacquer for a feminine touch. There is so much to love about this hue, and it will lend itself well to many nail shapes. Plus, it can also represent peace and harmony.
12. Mustard Nails
Mustard is a dark yellow color that is easier to wear than brighter shades. It can be a cheerful addition to your nail art and has an energy to it. It is also an excellent way to brighten up your day and your appearance. In addition, mustard also has a warmth to it, making it a popular choice for nail art and a great color for autumn. Pair it with your favorite mustard clothes to make a statement, or tone down your look and let your nails be the focus by wearing neutral colors.
13. Dusty Pink Nails
When deciding on the perfect color for your manicure, consider several things, including whether it will match your skin tone. Plus, it is easy to wear and on-trend. The great thing about dusty pink nails is that it is a timeless and classic hue that can be worn all year round and will lend itself well to a variety of different occasions, including more formal ones. It is best described as a subtle shade of pink, which has a delicate and soft appearance and is close to a pastel color. It can work with all nail lengths and shapes. For a matchy-matchy look, you can make a statement by opting for the same shade of lipstick.
14. White Nails
White is a timeless choice for nail art, and it will never go out of style. In addition to giving your nails a clean and crisp appearance, it is also a color associated with purity, innocence, and new beginnings. It is a wonderful hue because it matches everything and is easy to wear. It is universally flattering, and it suits all skin tones. This should be a welcome addition to your fall nail polish collection because it is a color that can be worn to both casual events and more formal ones. There are also multiple ways to wear white nails, including the classics like a French tips manicure.
15. Pastel Orange Nails
Pastel orange is one of the most gorgeous, soft colors to try out. The shade is light and pretty and is easier to wear than brighter, bolder tones. Orange is associated with warmth, joy, and determination and is a beautiful hue to wear on its own or paired with exciting nail art. To make the color stand out, you can paint a white base coat beforehand to let the color pop.
16. Bright Orange Nails
Bolder than pastel orange, bright orange is a fantastic choice for the woman who wants to make a statement. It is associated with sunshine and creativity and makes even the simplest manicure look fun and daring. Paint each fingernail with a solid shade of bright orange. Or opt for a fiery look by adding red and yellow. It is an exciting choice for the Fall and can make you think of the colors of the leaves, and will look great when paired with your chunky knits and soft sweaters. If you are looking for colors to pair with it, blacks, whites, nudes, and beiges are fantastic choices. If you have skin with a neutral undertone, this is a perfect choice.
17. Plum Nails
Plum is a deep shade of reddish-purple that is often associated with sophistication. It is a gorgeous color that is perfect for various occasions, including more formal ones because it is not so bold that it demands attention but is still stylish. It looks best on women with pale skin tones and can be mixed and matched with your favorite rich shade of lipstick.
18. Lilac nails
Lilac is a pretty and easy-to-wear color because it is soft and pale. It is a light shade of violet and is often used in wedding events or formal occasions because it is so feminine and easy to mix and match. It also symbolizes love and devotion, so if you want to make a subtle statement with your nails and tell your loved ones you care about them, this could be a sweet option. Lilac also pairs well with florals; get creative with your nail art and use it as a base tone for little flower details. You could experiment with negative spacing, lilac French tips, or paint the entire fingernail with this dreamy hue.
19. Eggplant Nails
Eggplant is the perfect color for Fall. It is a rich dark purple-brown color that is a fantastic alternative for women who want something different. It is a color that is easier to wear than black and not quite as soft as pinks and lilacs. Not only is it versatile, and it will pair well with nails of different lengths and shapes. It also doesn’t need a lot of fancy nail art to get your fingers noticed. Opt for a matte or glossy finish, or paint a little shimmery polish over an eggplant base coat for those who want to add some sparkle to their appearance. It can work well on women with light and dark skin and could be your new go-to hue.
20. Dark Blue Nails
Dark blue nails are a rich shade that is often associated with luxury and elegance. It is a fantastic color for nails and will give your hands a fun update. Nail art in lighter shades or in silver and gold looks great with this shade as a base color. When it comes to styling, you can wear solid, neutral tones and let your manicure be the focus of your appearance.
21. Blush Nails
Blush is one of the prettiest nail colors for fall. It is a medium tone of pink and is universally flattering on women of all ages and skin tones. Not only that, but this is a great color regardless of your nail length and shape and can be worn anywhere, including more formal events and the workplace. It is an easy-to-style hue, and the muted color allows you to play around with added details. Or ditch the details and nail art and embrace the beauty of simplicity.
22. Black Nails
Black is a color that demands attention. It is a daring shade, but it has long been a favorite because it is unmissable and looks good with everything. The hue is associated with sophistication, power, mystery, and style and is excellent on its own or as the base for nail art and interesting details. The beauty of black nail color is its versatility, and there are many ways to try it out, allowing you to find something to suit your personality. That said, black has a slightly rebellious feel and is worn by women who want to get their hands noticed. Although this is fantastic for fashion-forward events and date nights, it may not be suitable for a corporate environment.
23. Dark Brown Nails
Black is a color that can demand attention and get your hands noticed, but it can also be hard to pull off. If you love the thought of dark hues but want something more wearable, let us introduce you to dark brown. Simple and elegant, the color is associated with nature and strength and is a gorgeous shade that will pair with anything. It is an excellent hue for fall and can be paired with white, black, creams, lighter browns, and even burgundy if you want to mix it up. Although brown can be worn on nails of all shapes and lengths, it looks best on longer nails.
24. Gold Nails
Gold is a color that goes well with everything. From gorgeous detailings to a solid hue painted onto your fingernails, the look has so much versatility. It also creates an incredibly luxurious appearance and is often associated with wealth and even love. Play around with negative spacing, opt for a gold French tip manicure, or recreate your favorite shapes with gold coloring. You can reserve this hue for special occasions or wear it every day, but there should be no stopping you from trying it out.
25. Beige Nails
Beige is a neutral hue, making it easy to wear and incredibly flattering. You don’t need to have long nails to pull it off either, and because it is so subtle, it can be worn almost anywhere and with anything. It is associated with simplicity and calm but can also be exciting, depending on how you wear it. As a solid color, it is gorgeous and looks great when worn with chunky jewelry to draw attention to your hands. However, the shade pairs great with brighter and bolder colors. You could have fun mixing and matching or opting for a beige base with colorful detailing.
26. Pastel Green Nails
The reason pastel colors are a favorite for nail art is that they are so soft and dreamy, making them easy to wear and perfect for various occasions. Pastel green nails can be mixed and matched with other fall pastel shades or worn on their own. They are great for everyday wear and can suit nails of all lengths and shapes, as well as all skin tones. The hue is associated with newness and nature and will give your manicure a fresh and modern update.
27. Silver Nails
Metallic hues have long been a favorite for nail art because even the simplest designs can make a statement. Silver lacquer is associated with glamour and riches but also has a futuristic feel to it. This is great for someone who wants to make a statement with their nails without trying too hard. Silver can work on nails of all lengths and shapes and can be paired with other colors, whether you want something dark and dramatic or soft and pretty. Pile on your favorite silver jewelry and gemstones and wear chunky knits to embrace this gorgeous fall hue.
28. Sand Nails
Sometimes the simplest manicures are the best. Sand is a shade between a golden caramel and a pale cream. It is a fantastic, neutral hue that can be mixed and matched with everything. It is the sort of color that is very natural looking and can therefore be worn everywhere, including the workplace and corporate events. If you are looking for a great color for every day and a chic yet fuss-free manicure, then this is the choice for you.
29. Dusky Lavender Nails
Dusky lavender is a mix of medium purple with grayish tones. Although it is not a color you would wear every day, it is beautiful and can be worn by women of all ages. It is a very flattering shade because it is not so bright that it can make your skin look washed out and not so dark that it is hard to wear or too dramatic. There are many ways to try out this hue, including opting for nail art of lavender sprigs or mixing it with light purple tones. Play around with different finishes; matte is excellent for those who want a more textured look, while glossy lacquers can look sophisticated and feminine.
30. Mix and Match Autumn Combo Nails
If you can’t decide on one color for your fall nails, why not try them all? Autumn is such a colorful season because of the way the leaves change, taking on different shades of orange, red, brown, and yellow. A great way to try out this look is to pick your favorite hues and paint each nail with a different color. It can have a magical appearance but can also represent beauty and a time of transformation and change. Let your nails make a subtle statement about how you feel. This is one of the hottest looks to try out for Fall and allows you to get super creative with your nail art.
31. Classic Nude Nails
We all have a favorite manicure that we can always rely on, and this is definitely one of them. The classic nude nails just received a refresh, and it’s so easy to recreate. Find two neutral shades that flatter your skin tone, and paint the entire base of the finger with a lighter color. Once it has dried, paint a second layer over the top, this time using a darker tone. Leave a small space from the cuticle, and carve it the natural shape of your cuticles. Finish it with a clear topcoat, and you’ll be dressed for any occasion.
32. Mustard Nails
It’s one of the most significant colors of the season, so why not wear it everywhere? These mustard nails are simple in design but so effective in action. A yellow-toned green hue is a perfect option for all skin tones – it pops perfectly on everyone. You can rock this shade with greys, blues, and browns – it is the best companion for a stunning fall wardrobe.
33. Colorful French Tip
The French tip manicure is a classic and versatile look that women of all ages can wear. There is something to be said for the timelessness of this nail art, but you may wish to try out something more daring and colorful. Instead of the classic approach of the French manicure, you want to paint the tips different colors, for example, orange or green. This option lets you experiment with different color combinations and feels fresh and modern. This is a fantastic way to highlight your nail shape and looks best with long nails.
34. Dark Teal Nails
Teal is a combination of cyan and green, and it is a fantastic color for nail art. You can opt for varying shades, but darker teal is more wearable because it is not as vibrant. This is a universally flattering hue, complementing all skin tones. It also works well with nails of all lengths and shapes and can be paired with other neutral colors like nude, white, or tan. Or you can try it out with an interesting effect like ombre or the marbled effect.
35. Gradient Nails
This gradient trend has taken over the entire world, and it’s easy to replicate it with fall-inspired shades. Take white, a light dusty rose, gray and black, and apply a single color on each finger. For a unified effect, begin a transition from light to dark, leaving the thumb the same as the pinky. It’s a minimalist design, but it still provides a serious punch.
36. Shades of Brown Nails
Brown is a wonderful color for the fall season, and combining several shades will give you a pretty and interesting manicure. The appeal of brown is that it is easy to wear, flattering on all skin tones, and not as harsh as black nail polish but can still get your nails noticed. Play around with the placement of different brown shades, for example, one shade on the base and another on the tip for a modern approach to the French tip manicure. Or you can add images of flowers or leaves to give it an autumn feel.
37. Red Ombre Nails
The ombre nail effect is a gorgeous way to wear your nails. It is achieved by blending two or more colors. The result is a gradient effect and is a stylish way to try multiple shades at once. Red is a color that makes a statement because it is bold and bright, but it is a fantastic choice for the Autumn season. The ombre effect will also make the color easier to wear as it tones down the vibrancy of the red with a darker or lighter color. To complement the color in your manicure and match it, consider wearing your favorite shade of red lipstick.
38. Shades of Orange Nails
Orange is a fantastic color for Autumn, and there are various shades to choose from, from darker hues like burnt orange to more vibrant shades. Instead of picking just one, you can combine them by painting each nail with a different color. It is best to start with the darkest and then paint the next fingernail with a slightly lighter shade, creating a gradual transition between the nails. That said, there is no right or wrong way how you can try out these colors, so your creativity is the limit.
39. Moss Green Nail Color
Green is an excellent choice for your nails during the Fall season. There are multiple shades to choose from, including moss green. Moss green is a warm color and a dark shade of green with a yellow tone, which gets its name because of its similarity in color to moss. It is easier to wear than brighter shades of green, which makes this a versatile option that women of all ages can wear. The color will complement all nail shapes and lengths and looks great when paired with neutral hues.
40. Gold and Orange Nails
Fall is a colorful season and picking a bold shade for your next manicure is a great way to add a pop of color to your appearance. Gold is a hue that is associated with luxury and sophistication and it mixes well with most colors, but especially with orange. Both gold and orange are warm shades, and the combination will create a bright but elegant manicure. How you combine the colors is up to you; this could include experimenting with different angular placements or focusing one color on the tip and the other at the base.
41. Earthy Tone Nail Designs
There are few better options for your nail art than earthy tones. The term describes a range of colors that have brown in them, similar in appearance to the soil. Earthy can also represent any natural colors that can be found within nature, so browns, greens, grey, and blues. This option will give you versatility and will be easy to mix and match with other natural or neutral hues. You can opt for a different look for each fingernail, or keep it streamlined with only one shade.
42. Oxblood Red Nails
Red is a great color but it can be challenging to wear because it is bold and bright. For women who love the idea of red nails but want something more versatile this Fall, then oxblood red is the perfect hue. The color is deep, and warm, and contains a mixture of burgundy and brown tones. It can be confused with burgundy, but there are fewer purple shades in it, making it a more natural color. In addition, your oxblood nails will look great with everything, letting you easily mix and match them.
43. Marigold Yellow Nail
Marigold yellow is a brilliant shade of golden yellow with orange tones. It is one of the best options for those who want nail art that is bright and warm, but also easy to wear. This shade of yellow is much more flattering than more saturated yellows and will complement those with warm complexions. The color will look great when paired with red or brown. Or you can include gold flakes or metallic polish for a luxurious finish.
Fall Nail Designs
1. Column Chart Nail Design
Take fall colors, and put a fun twist on them. This funky and geometric design takes its inspiration from column charts and uses shades that are perfect for the season. To create this monochrome manicure, take small bits of tape and place them in the style you prefer – add some spice to the overall look by changing the position of the bars on each finger. No matter what nail length or shape you have, it’s a universally flattering way to elevate your ensemble.
2. Fall Leaves Nail Design
Certain things truly represent fall, and one of those things is falling leaves. This blend of nude and black polish and delicate artwork resembles a masterpiece that is autumn, across each fingertip. Using a fine brush and nature-inspired colors, paint delicate flowers on the tips and ends of your nails, but be sure they take up one-third of the space – this will elongate the fingers and keep it looking elegant. For a high fashion twist, add s feature nail in black. It’s a great way to get excited about the cooler season and stay stylish.
3. Autumn Marble Effect Design
It’s one of the trendiest designs of the season, and for a good reason. This marble-effect manicure features stunning Fall colors – from rich purples to warm orange hues, this is the perfect autumn accessory. Let the organic swirls of the brush follow you across each finger, leaving some bare nail underneath for maximum impact. Add small fragments of white and baby pink within the deeper shades for further dimension to this fantastic art.
4. Organic Shape Manicure
Let your fingers do the talking with this funky-shaped nail art. For those who love to experiment with colors, styles, and patterns, this is the ideal manicure for you. Fill the crescent near your cuticle with a block shade or two, and elongate the tips of the others with an updated French tip manicure style. Use shades like brown, red and blue, alternating between shades with geometric lines. It’s a style that perfectly flatters every skin tone, and now is the season to try it.
5. Muted Fall Stripe Nails
Channel your inner Gucci Gal and dive into this stunning manicure. Featuring muted pinks and greens, this Autumn-inspired nail art is sure to elevate any outfit. Using bottle green, cranberry red, and soft neutral pink, you can easily recreate this look. To consistently create straight lines, use small bits of tape in the center of the finger, and invert the colors on each hand. It’s a perfect fall design for a fashion lover.
6. Halloween-Inspired Manicure
Are you a huge Halloween fan? Bring the dress-up event closer than ever with this ooky-spooky manicure. The classic pumpkin design gets a quirky upgrade as it sits on the cuticle of each finger – the remaining negative space will elongate your fingertips and look extra fashionable. You can choose to create a scary face inside the orange winter squash, leave it bare or add some extra creepy detail. Get ready to celebrate one of the most-loved yearly events in style!
7. Autumn Cloud Nail Design
During this time of year, the atmosphere begins to change, and the cold weather sets in. Celebrate the start of a new season by recreating those stunning clouds on your fingertips. Whether you prefer the traditional shades of blue and gray, or you want to incorporate neutral colors, this is a great way to add some spice to your ensemble. Leave the space beneath plain to help the hue stand out even more. With a design this stunning, you’ll feel as if you’re touching the sky.
8. Amber Leopard Nail Design
As one of the trends that have stuck around for years, animal print is here to stay. This amber-colored rendition of leopard is totally on-trend, and it’s easy to see why – it’s incredible to wear. From every angle, your nails will catch the light and appear like tortoiseshell – delicate and mesmerizing. Feel free to be liberal with the pattern on top – there are no two coats the same, so why should your manicure be?
9. Geometric Plum Nail Design
Sometimes it’s the simplest designs that stay with you forever. This understated design is easy to recreate, and it looks great on all skin tones. Tape up one side of your nailbed, and paint a few layers of a hearty plum shade. Once the nail polish dries and you take away the sticky side, you will be left with a sleek and elegant manicure that is sure to garner a few compliments!
10. Monochrome Green Manicure
One of the hottest shades seen this year is green nails, and it would look brilliant as your next manicure. This geometric design is easy to replicate in a home and has a timeless feel. Using bits of tape, cover one-half of the fingertip in a diagonal line. Take two hues of the cool shade, one light and dark – for longer-looking fingers, paint the bottom half of the nail in the deeper polish. Unify both the top and bottom by topping it off with a clear topcoat.
11. Gold Flake Nail Design
Rug up as the weather changes with this cozy and elegant manicure. What starts as a classic nude manicure quietly transforms into fingertips dipped in gold flakes. This is a tricky skill to master, so it’s a great idea to test the style with a professional nail artist. To create this look, you’ll need some loose gold leaf, clear polish, and tweezers. After you’ve painted the base shade, delicately place the pieces to the desired areas, and finish with a final top coat to seal it. For maximum effect, leave the thumb and pinky without any trimmings.
12. Negative Space Manicure
Elevate the classic manicure with this funky negative space spin. What makes this design so fascinating is the bare nail underneath, paired with modernism-inspired shapes in bold colors. Using tape, carve out rectangles down the finger – add black and white, leaving space for a small red dot in between each figure. Without any base coat, your hands will appear elongated and like a piece of art.
13. Cafe Latte Manicure
Wake up with energy thanks to this cafe latte manicure. Finding its inspiration from a humble cup of coffee, the art features two shades of brown and is complete with cream on top. To replicate the look, paint the entire nail a soft stone or nude color, and delicately paint one half in a chocolate hue. Using a lighter tone, finely cut out an identical, yet smaller, shape. Finish by painting a thin border between the pattern and base. You’ll be sure to feel a buzz with fingers this snazzy.
14. Autumn Bloom Nail Design
While Spring is a typical time for florals, you should be able to enjoy them in every season. This updated manicure features Fall-inspired browns and neutrals, which offers dimension to the design. Start by painting three fingers a light stone shade, and the other two in a soft peanut hue. Once dry, use a thin brush to apply dainty flowers on each nail. Use the opposite colors to draw the blooms on the tips. Finish the design with small black dots as the center of the pattern.
15. Fall Mood Nail Design
This season calls for color inspiration from nature and the runways- falling golden brown leaves, blue skies, orange pumpkins, and a rich touch of emerald. Express this entire mood board on your nails to showcase your favorite season, and do it in style. Paint each fingertip a single shade – there is no strict gradient you need to follow here, so choose the progression of hues however you wish. If you love wearing monochrome ensembles, this will act as the perfect finishing touch to whatever you wear.
16. Arty Nail Design
Express your individuality on your fingertips, and celebrate the beauty of fall with this artsy neutral manicure. Using only two shades, it offers a lot of dimension and complexity, thanks to its fluid and organic style. Paint all fingers a single color, leaving one in the opposite as a feature. Then, using the alternative tone, let your creativity shine by finely painting flowers or creating a marble effect. If you’re a nail novice, find a talented artist to replicate the breathtaking design. This is a fashion-forward way of wearing the hottest hue of the season.
17. Subtle Star Nail Design
One of the most popular trends we’ve seen on and off the runway this season is the subtle star nail manicure. A perfect option for autumn, this minimalist nail art looks amazing on anyone and is delicate enough to wear anywhere. Keep the base of your fingertip in a nude or neutral shade, and sprinkle small gold stars on top. To prevent them from falling off, finish with a layer or two of topcoat – it will leave them looking shiny and fresh. From the office to a Halloween party, it’s the ideal way to dress for the time of year.
18. Feminine Form Line Nail Design
Line art is a great way to give your manicure an artistic flair. These drawings are simple, forming an image using distinct lines. The images can be of anything, but choosing to create the female form can make a powerful statement about femininity and strength. It will also make for nail art that is interesting and will draw the eye to your hands, highlighting your nail shape. There are various color combinations to choose from, but a monochromatic color scheme like black and white or nude and black is best because brighter colors can detract from the artwork.
19. Multi-Colored Branch Nails
Autumn is a time of change and transition, which can be reflected in your nail art. To do this, you can choose to add images of branches, leaves, and flowers. How you decide to incorporate these images is entirely up to you, including opting for a different design on each fingernail and experimenting with interesting color combinations. Mixing and matching multiple colors makes your manicure more interesting and expressive.
20. Burnt Orange Nails
Orange is a color associated with positivity, creativity, and optimism. There are many different shades to choose from, but one of the most wearable is burnt orange. This medium to dark hue is flattering on most skin tones and can be added to your nail art to give it a very Fall-inspired feel. It can represent the changing leaves, and you can add designs of leaves to your fingernails. You can also mix burnt orange with complementary colors like blue or gray, creating a bright and bold manicure, or consider these colors for your clothing to avoid clashing.
21. Red Nail Art Design
Red is one of the most striking colors you can choose for your nails. It is a hue that instantly makes a statement, and it demands attention. There are varying shades of red to choose from, including darker colors or rich, warm tones. Red is also the color of passion and seduction and can be a way to celebrate your sexuality. The downside to red is that it can be challenging to wear because it is so bold. For this reason, it is a good idea to introduce it to your nails in a more subtle way, for example, a modern approach to the French tip manicure.
22. Gold Metallic Nail Design
There are few colors as luxurious as gold, and adding metallic gold to your nail art feels sophisticated. You can incorporate the color into your manicure in various ways, including opting for a few fingernails with a metallic shine and others to be glittery. Gold is also a hue that mixes and matches with all colors, letting you combine it with your favorite nail polishes. Popular pairings include white, nude, and black, and these colors can make your gold polish feel more wearable. You also do not have to worry about your clothing as it will complement it, although neutral colors are always best.
27. Fun and Artistic Nail Design
Nail art is a way to express yourself and show off the things you love. This could be a combination of colors or interesting nail art, and fun and artistic nails offer a bit of both. This manicure is all about creativity, and there is no right or wrong way to create yours. Try out multiple colors, interesting patterns, and bold prints to pair your favorite images together. Bold designs will draw attention to your hands and can highlight your nail shape. It is also best to choose long nails if you opt for very detailed artwork as this gives you more space.
28. Classic French Tip
Some manicures are designed to make a statement and add a pop of color to your appearance. And then there are others where the appeal is in simplicity. The classic French tip manicure is a stylish and versatile look that lends itself well to all settings. It is defined by a white tip and a light pink or nude base color. It can be worn by women of all ages and is incredibly easy to create yet still chic. This manicure can also highlight the shape of your nail and can elongate it.
29. White and Gold Fall Nail Design
White and gold is a pretty and versatile pairing. The color combination can be worn with everything you own and feels luxurious. How you choose to incorporate these two hues is entirely up to you. It could be with a white base coat and gold floral details, or you could opt for gold tips. You can make your manicure as simple or as detailed as you wish, letting you get creative and choosing something that best reflects your personality and style.
30. Fluorescent Yellow and Orange Nail Design
Orange and yellow are colors that pair well together, and mixing them will give you a fun and modern manicure. It will represent happiness and optimism. There are various shades of these colors to choose from, but if you want your nails to stand out, then opt for fluorescents. These vivid hues are much harder to wear because they are highly pigmented, but they are fantastic for making a statement. For the best results, combine them using an ombre effect.
31. Burgundy Nail Design
Burgundy is a dark shade of reddish-brown. It is often favored in the winter months, but there should be nothing stopping you from trying it out during Fall too. The appeal of burgundy is that it is a rich hue and is less harsh to wear than black but almost versatile, mixing and matching well with a range of colors, from grey to yellow. To make the color feel more adventurous, you can mix it with other patterns like animal print or gingham, creating an interesting finish.
32. Groovy 70s Nail Design
The 70s was a time of interesting color combinations and fun prints, and you can channel this with your nail art. A groovy manicure can involve multiple colors, but you want to stick to hues like orange, yellow, red, brown, and green to give it a more seasonal feel. There can be some variation of the fall colors, though, making your nail art feel fresh and modern. The appeal of this artwork is that it is simple and can be created on nails of all lengths and shapes.
33. Gingham Print with Yellow and Orange Design
Gingham print has become a popular option for nail art because it is versatile and gorgeous. It is a two-color pattern that is striped and can be created in colors of your choosing. To give the nails a more autumn feel, it is best to make them with colors associated with the season. This includes yellow and orange, a bright and fun combination that can be toned down with a gingham print. The appeal of this pattern is that it looks good on nails of all lengths and shapes, including shorter nails.
34. Checkered Nail Design
Checks are a classic print that can be created in a color combination of your choosing. This could be bold, clashing colors for a manicure that makes a statement, or neutral and complementary colors for nail art that can be worn anyway. Pick your favorite colors and get creative; this can be by opting for a checkered pattern on each fingernail or combining it with other prints or abstract shapes; this is an excellent option for making a timeless design feel new and unique.
35. Squiggle Nail Design
The appeal of squiggle designs is that there is no right or wrong way to create them. This gives you versatility, and they can be made in various colors and sizes. Nail art, like squiggles, gives you room to experiment and is expressive and creative. For a seasonal approach, stick to colors commonly associated with Fall. However, if you prefer something more minimalistic, nude colors and other neutral tones are great for all occasions.
38. Leopard Print Nail Design
Leopard print has been a favorite in the fashion world for decades. This is because it is a fun and bold option, and it is a guaranteed way to get your nails noticed. It complements all nail shapes and sizes and can be created in various color combinations, from classic browns and blacks to more daring options like red and pink. The goal is to add leopard print to your nails without them appearing tacky, and this can be achieved by limiting how much you add; for example, focusing the print on the tips of the nail only for a modern approach to French tip nails. Or opting to add them to a feature nail, painting the other fingernails your favorite shade of nude or black polish.
39. Autumn-Colored Paint Splashes
Abstract nail art is fun, and opting for little paint splashes in your favorite autumnal hues will make a statement. You can experiment with the shapes and sizes of the paint splashes and how you wish to position them. Also, opt for multiple colors on one fingernail or choose to keep it only one hue. You can add a different color to each nail for a mix and match effect. You could combine other images and patterns with these splotches for a fashion-forward approach. Have fun and enjoy the attention your manicure brings you.
41. Nude and Blue Nail Design
If you are looking for a pretty and versatile way to wear your nails, nude nails and blue nails are the ideal combination. Nude colors can be worn with everything and match well with bright colors like blue. The mixture is stylish and easy to wear without being too bold or in your face. This artwork can also be worn on nails of all shapes and lengths, and positioning your nail art on the tips can highlight your shape. Another way to wear these two colors is with the ombre effect, which looks romantic and feminine.
42. Red and Blue Nail Design
Red and blue are exciting color combinations. The colors are complementary, making them easy to wear together but still producing a standout look. How you choose to wear them is entirely up to you, including painting your nails with one shade and the tip with the other. The appeal of this look is that red can be challenging to wear because it is so bold. For this reason, it is a good idea to introduce it to your nails in a more subtle way, mixing and matching with other colors or trying out cool and symbolic patterns.
43. Polka Dot Nail Design
Polka dots are a simple but chic print that can be created in the colors of your choosing. They will produce a great manicure in little time, but you can make them feel fresh and modern with how you choose to incorporate them into your nail art. When adding polka dots to your nail art, you can keep them all the same size and limit your colors to two or three, or you can opt for a variety of sizes and a different color for each fingernail. The look is effortless to create and can be achieved by beginners.
44. Leaf-inspired Artwork on Feature Nail
Autumn is a season associated with leaves and changing colors. It is a transitional and bright time, and your nails can reflect this. Plus, leaves are symbolic of the cycle of life and new beginnings. Opting for nail art on a feature nail will make it an option that is easy to wear, letting you get creative but also toning down the rest of the look. It is a fantastic way to highlight your jewelry; for example, choosing the ring finger for the featured art can draw attention to your wedding ring.
47. Black and Brown Nail Design
Brown and black nails are fashion-forward and cool. The two hues complement each other, and because they are not vibrant, it is a great look for everyday or for those who prefer nails with a bit of a grunge feel. You can pair the colors in various ways, including solid blocks of colors, wiggles, or recognizable prints. You can add leaves or flowers to give the nails a distinctly Fall appearance. Lastly, this color combination is ideal for nails of all lengths and shapes, depending on the intricacy of the detail. For a manicure that has a lot of detail, consider long nails.
48. Gold, Orange, and White Nail Design
If you are looking for a pretty combination for your nails, consider gold, orange, and white. These colors look great together and will create a luxurious manicure ideal for Fall. Let your creativity guide you, choosing patterns and prints of your choosing. You can also experiment with different placements, or focus the detail on a feature nail, painting the rest your favorite hue of the three. Add little diamantes or sparkles for a shimmery finish.
49. Abstract Painting-Inspired Nail Design
If you are looking for a creative way to wear your nails, which is guaranteed to get them noticed, then try out abstract painting designs. This is an expressive and fun option, and there are unlimited color combinations to try. You can experiment with spacing and positioning and combine multiple shapes and angles. The goal is to achieve an abstract-inspired painting, and this is a fantastic way to let your creative side show. For detailed nails, a longer length and a rounded shape are ideal, but this is another thing that you have versatility with.
50. Mix and Match Autumn Nails
Mixing and matching your favorite autumnal colors is a wonderful idea. Instead of sticking to just one hue, a multi-colored manicure feels fresh and modern but is effortless to create and versatile. Picking colors that complement each other will make the nail art more wearable, lending itself to multiple occasions. In contrast, clashing colors can make a more statement manicure. You can also wear this nail art with all shapes and lengths.
Fall Nails Color and Designs FAQs
What is the nail trend for 2023?
The big nail trends for 2023 are almond and ballerina shaped nails, as well as colors like creamy blue, soft red, dark turquoise, bright pink, grey, milk chocolate, and sand. Details like holographic finishes, glitter, and ombre are also in style.
What nails are in style right now?
Fall nails are in style at the moment. Choose a square, almond, or ballerina shape, and embrace autumn shades like red, chocolate, and sand. If cooler colors are more your vibe, opt for baby blues and teals. Finally, add interest with some glitter or a smooth, satisfying ombre.
What is the most flattering nail color?
The most flattering color will depend on your skin tone; however, nude, red, pink, and navy are excellent options for all skin tones, as there’s so much variety in shades. Try to match cool and warm undertones with your skin for the best results.
Is the accent nail still a trend?
The accent nail is definitely still in fashion. It’s a great way to add interest without being over the top. Why not add a glitter or holographic nail, some nail art, a different color, or even a different pattern on a single nail? Best of all, you can even choose two or three nails to feature an accent and really elevate your look.
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