15 Fall Nail Art Ideas You'll Want to Try ASAP

Updated 04/19/19

No matter the trend—electric neons, intricate drawings, tons of glitter, jelly nails, and the like—your nail beds act as the perfect canvas to have a little fun. Though we skew minimalist most of the time, we've been craving the opportunity to let loose. And that moment is right now. 

Maximalism has come back to the forefront, allowing for over-the-top makeup; big, voluminous hair; and nails that make a statement. We couldn't be more thrilled. After scrolling through some of the options, we're pretty sure you're be delighted as well. 

Click through to see what you should be getting at your next nail appointment. 

Nail artist Madeline Poole is known for her cool-girl designs. This one, a colorful take on a French manicure, is a perfect fall update to your usual solid color. Just think of it paired with a fuzzy sweater and your favorite boots. 

Mei Kawajiri is one of the most accomplished nail artists in the game. She is known for her wild, intricate creations, and this one is no different. The shiny jewel tones are a perfect accent to the season as they're rich, fancy, and on-trend.

If you're looking to keep things simple, look no further than Jin Soon Choi's nude nail art creation. The base is a beautiful beige, creating long, lean-looking fingers and just a few accent lines to add a stylish touch. It's chic, understated, and absolutely perfect for fall.

Negative-space nail art has never been cooler, allowing for a graphic, edgy look no matter the shade. This one by manicurist Alicia Torello, which features clear and black polish, is exactly what we've been looking for. 

Miss Pop, a well-known editorial nail artist, created this look, inspired by fashion sketches. It's cool, it's easy to pull off, and it only takes a single color to create.

nude nail art for fall
Jennifer Dye

We love a good nude nail. Here, manicurist Jennifer Dye used different shades of Essie nude pink to create a geometric look. 


Celebrity manicurist Elle shows us that a gold ombré shimmer is always a pretty look and perfect for all those upcoming holiday parties. 

Paintbox Nails

We're all about a cool, minimal aesthetic. Play up a plain black nail with a thin white line that goes diagonally across, like this one from Paintbox.

confetti nails for fall

We normally don't care for confetti, but when it's replicated on our nails, we feel like partying. When we found this on Essie.com, we knew it was the perfect nail look if we wanted something fun that wasn't glittery.

cool nail art for fall
Miss Pop

This nail look from Miss Pop (modeled on Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee) is just cool and pretty much sums up what we tell ourselves every day. 

matte nails for fall
Alicia Torello

Celebrity manicurist Alicia Torello proves that matte and metallic make for a lovely combination. The star decal is also just such a lovely touch. 

patterned nails for fall
Joey Lin for Vanity Projects

We can't help but be mesmerized by the intricate detail that Joey Lin for Vanity Projects created for this nail look. You'll definitely stand out in the best way possible with these. 

half-moon nail art idea for fall
Paintbox Nails

The half-moon nail trend is nothing new. Elevate it with a metallic gold strip right across the middle of it, like seen here from Paintbox

color-block nail art idea for fall

OPI calls this look the Ice Climber. Use four different shades of blue to make a cool color-block look.

polka-dot nail art idea for fall

We're really digging the not-so-basic polka-dot look created by Jin Soon

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