As summer comes to a close, if you're anything like us, then you're likely thinking about your upcoming wardrobe swaps: boots, jackets, cozy knits, and the like. But what about your nail art? While we're all for wearing whatever you want, whenever you want, there's no denying that some colors are more fall-friendly than others (and some designs more timely). Think: crimson, cool gray, burnt orange, gold, forest green, and navy blue; leaves, plaid, tortoiseshell, and moody color blocks. So if you want to give your nails the same love as the rest of your transitional routine, keep scrolling to discover 40 fall nail designs worth trying. From pearl accents and oxblood details to simple swipes of color and gorgeous glimmering tips, we've got you covered.
To ensure that your fall nail design looks its best for as long as possible, start with a basecoat and finish with a topcoat.
If you'd like to set aside solid nail color in favor of elaborate nail art this fall, consider copying this luxe look from celebrity manicurist Betina Goldstein. To create it, you'll need flat-edge pearls in varying sizes, small pieces of gold chain, base coat to help adhere the nail accessories, and patience to bring it all to life.
Sure, Halloween isn't until October, but it's never too early to bring out a little black cat magic. To DIY the Insta-worthy nail art, paint your nails black and top them off with clear silver glitter, like Smith & Cult Color Nail Polish ($18) in Unscene.
Let's not forget about the magic that is rainbow nails. While a rainbow technically insinuates a ROYGBIV color combo, when it comes to manicures on Instagram and in real life, it's all about mismatched colors working together to create one head-turning look: As is the case here, with a set of dusty hot colors that illustrate the sun setting on summer in preparation for fall.
Another way to celebrate a smooth transition into fall is to paint your nails white and overlay them with autumn-friendly hues like crimson, orange, black, and cool blue. Luckily for us, this Insta-worthy nail look is super easy to recreate. Start with a white base, paint on a few stripes and use a toothpick to drag out the edges. Voila!
Can't choose a single color (or even two?) Same—that's why this dual-sided nail look is one of our all-time faves. The modern design doesn't confine beauty lovers to a single nail color, instead giving us the opportunity to pick as many as 20 different hues to create the split-nail look.
We love a low maintenance mani and this particular one takes the cake for its simple design. To create it, pick a few fall nail colors and swipe them on for an effortless artsy appeal. Best of all, once your nails start to grow out, your autumn art will continue to look its best, as it's designed to feature a negative space accent.
Mattes and metallics just go together, especially when they come in gold, army green, and pinkish-nude. If you have the metallic nail colors you'd like to use but they're not matte, you're in luck. Simply layer them with OPI's Matte Top Coat ($11) and watch the magic happen.
Fruit bowl nails were big for summer, so we're deeming the fall version "harvest nails." They're definitely one of the more intricate autumn nail art ideas, but there's no denying that they make a statement. To bring them to life, ask a manicurist for help—and don't forget to bring this pic for inspo.
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