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: burnt orange, cool blue hues, plaid, abstract prints, geometric designs, 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 15 fall nail designs worth trying. From pearl accents and floral 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.
Sure, florals might be synonymous with spring, but if you opt for burnt oranges and dusty golds, they can work well for autumn, too.
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.
For nails that scream fall, freehand your painting with autumn-friendly hues like orange, black, and cream.
Art Deco Inspo
Prefer your nail art to look a bit more intricate? This geometric design features a royal shades for an autumn-friendly nail art idea you might want to enlist the help of a pro to create.
Why choose one color when you can rock several? To create this look, grab five different polish shades – ranging from cream to green – and swipe them on.
Abstract Blue and Green
This nail look is a fun take on the abstract nail trend. The blue squiggly lines and green swoops on each nail make a major statement.
Pink Negative Space
Warm and gleaming, amber symbolizes energy, and this mani makes us want to get up and sip on PSL's all day.
Red With Negative Space
This mani may be simple, but it is far from boring. The negative space coupled with the splash of red is beyond mesmerizing.
If minimal manicures are your go-to, this look is a perfect match. Keep things clean by painting on a clear base and accented the tips with a thin light blue line.
This manicure reminds us of the classic autumn wardrobe essential – a red and black flannel. Here, manicure artist Robin Renee uses a red gel color as the base for this mani and accents it with black checkering to give it a plaid effect.
Say hello to the coolest earth tone manicure you’ll ever see. Here, nail artist Canishiea J. Sams beautifully incorporates green, black, white, nude, and brown into her nail art. Each nail boasts a different design, which makes this look extra exciting.
Multicolor Geometric Print
Massachusetts-based nail artist Aline is the visionary behind this stunning nail art. From beautiful colors to unique geometric patterns, this manicure has it all.
You can never go wrong with ombre. And we absolutely love the hazelnut and nude ombre that nail technician Crissy Sanders created for this mani. This nail look’s neutral colors will pair perfectly with any outfit in your wardrobe this fall.
Orange and White
Mega-popular nail artist Queenie Nguyen created this minimalist manicure for beauty influencer Camila Coelho. To create this look, Nguyen reached for a couple of OPI polishes – Lisbon Wants More, Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal, and Orange You a Rock Star. The use of negative space, coupled with the foil accents make this mani so intriguing to look at.