Hello, fall! Whether you welcome this new season with autumnal nails (think pumpkins, leaves, and sparkles galore) or go all-out with your Halloween costume or not, you can get in the spooky spirit with a manicure painted in the age-old traditional Halloween colors: orange and black.
We're willing to bet you'll be able to create many of these looks yourself—if not, simply take them to your favorite nail artist. Either way, don't forget to snap a shot for the 'gram. Adorning your nails with fun shades and shapes warrants so many compliments from onlookers, so why not make them super fun this October? We've got all the best nail inspiration below.
Ahead, scroll through for the nail designs to get you excited for the spookiest season of the year.
Pop of Papaya
These intricately hand-painted papayas are so cute, we want to wear fruit nails all year long. To keep the base clean and matte, go back in with polish remover to remove any color that's not in the tropical design.
These zebra nails are the French mani alternative we didn't know we needed. To get this cool look, use a small detailing brush, like an Artisan Grand Master Nail Art Efex Brush ($9) to get extra-precise lines,
Simple and Sparkly
These may be more simple than traditional nail art, but not everyone has time for an elaborate design. When you take a closer look, the dark polish is perfectly inky and edgy. As for the orange sparkly polish, somehow that's subtle, too. They're proof that you don't have to go all out or be a professional nail artist this October.
This muted orange works for a fall-themed mani that's super pretty. The base used here is Orly's Faux Pearl ($10).
Subtle pastel orange half-moons and a beaded Chanel logo? Fashionistas, take note. To get a half-moon shape, paint around a circular sticker or piece of tape and use a brush like Olive and June's Clean Up Brush ($8) to fix any wonky edges.
The various jungle animal prints look great against a soft orange base. Not only does this mani incorporate mixed prints, but it does so in a free-style, low-maintenance way that's easy to recreate at home. You don't have to stick to this exact design... Instead, paint as you please and rework the leopard and tiger stripes to create your own unique style.
We're not the biggest fan of creepy crawlies, but we can make an exception with this cool design. Just use a small detailing brush to create these fun cartoon creatures, and practice makes perfect, so don't give up if a spider doesn't turn out exceptional on your first go-around. Just keep painting.
Touch of Tortoiseshell
While tortoiseshell isn't outwardly orange, when the light hits just right, this look gives off a spooky vibe perfect for the season. If you're not into hand painting, there are great stick on nails like the Urban Outfitters x Statica Tortoise Shell Set ($16) you can get for a great price.
Carve out a space for these pumpkin-colored nails this October. A negative space manicure contrasts the detailed pumpkin accent nails, adding cool, modern ease to the overall design. Plus, a single black stripe below creates super clean edges. (Don't worry, you can always cut a piece of tape into thin strips to get a precise negative space design).
Give Up the Ghost
If you're all about leaning into the thematics of the season, this ghoulish look might be right up your alley. Play it up by adding themed nail stickers to a classic orange mani or show of your artistic side by hand-painting the ghostly crew yourself. Either way, your nails are sure to look super cute!
These orange nails are french tipped and matte, which is so cute—but we're really drawn to the zombie skeleton on the accent nail. Use a matte topcoat like OPI's Matte Top Coat ($10) to get the cool finish.
Sure, butterflies aren't typical autumn fare—they're usually more spring-appropriate—but still, hear us out. This classic orange butterfly design looks really cool in the appropriate color palette and it still works for the season.