Autumn’s here! We found her on Fivrr. She charges a pretty penny to clean out our gutters but is so worth it! Her arrival means it’s time to throw all our summer nail polishes into an incinerator and get fall-y already! So what fall nail colors should you be opting for?
On trend fall colors are usually darker and toned-down hues to complement the change in weather and mood. (Not the prevailing one. We don’t think nail polish creators could see that far ahead.)
Your nails should also match that switch from sundresses to distressed denim. Most of us opt for the typical dark burgundy, black, and olive-green polishes. But you wouldn’t still be reading this if you were most people. Oh, you are most people? Thank you so much for reading — all of you!
OK, most people: here are the trendiest nail polishes for autumn. Match them with one of these chic fall nail art designs and your manicure will be the talk of the next Zoom happy hour — right after we discuss how Jen is just so busy that she can’t join.
16 Fall Nail Colors
1. Denim Blue Nail Color
Nails Inc. Foiling in Love in Space Cadet
This shimmery light blue fall polish gives off denim vibes with a hint of silver. So grab some overalls and head to the nearest socially distanced hoe down! (They’re collecting gently used clothes there.)
2. Shimmery Black Nail Polish
OPI Infinite Nail Shine 2 in My Private Jet
Looking at this polish shade is like staring into Tom Ellis’ eyes — dark but with a little sparkle. If you tend to go for the dark and mysterious colors but want to spice it up, the glitter particles in this black hue will do just the trick. For straight-up spice, try paprika. It’s very versatile!
3. Dark Pink Nail Lacquer
Zoya in Allison
During summer, bright shades of pink run the nail polish game. But as the weather takes a chill pill, you should do the same with your nails. This dark pink is where summer and fall come together to do that elaborate handshake we’re too embarrassed to try.
4. Teal Green Nail Color
Pacifica 7 Free in Malibu
What do kale, green smoothies, and roasted seaweed snacks all have in common? They are all green and probably cost more than this nail polish. (We get our kale shipped from George Clooney’s Italian estate.) Save money and be animal-friendly with this 100% vegan, cruelty-free polish in a fall nail polish color sure to attract delicious rabbits who confuse your nails for bits of lettuce. Shoo, Thumper!
5. Glossy Peach Nail Lacquer
Orly in After Glow
This neon color reminds us of sunsets and rosé with that ex that shall not be named. Pop on this hue to feel good, but don’t get too caught up on past memories. Did we just say “Pop?” So much for not naming the ex.
6. Charcoal Grey
Sephora Collection Color Hit in Bikers Trip
This dark grey gem is from Sephora’s line of polishes and comes in a small compact container, perfect for throwing in your purse and taking on the go. You never know when you’ll have to fix a chipped nail in a restaurant bathroom. We do know it won’t be in 2020, though.
7. Classic Red Nail Color
Essie Expressie Quick-Dry in Seize the Minute
Nothing says fall nail inspo like a deep, sultry red — except maybe repeating the weird expression “fall nail inspo,” as that says it pretty well. This hue from Essie’s Quick-Dry line is perfect for when you have only 15 minutes to paint your nails before the doctor arrives for your virtual physical exam. It’s so weird to be in our birthday suit at home!
8. Copper-Orange Nail Lacquer
OPI in Yank My Doodle
Calling all pumpkin spice lovers! Can you hear us now? Crud, we lost the connection. Anyway, this tawny copper color is a great choice to match a drink that a certain group of people with poor cell reception will never hear about.
9. Deep Purple Nail Color
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Purplexed
It’s time to settle the Barney-versus-Elmo debate once and for all with deep purple from Sally Hansel’s gel line. Just two coats of this and you’ll be feeling like you got a professional gel manicure and have the urge to sing. (Try and resist it.)
10. Bold Blue Nail Polish
Smith & Cult in Kings & Thieves
This dark and mysterious midnight blue will remind you of the sky on the perfect fall night. Pair it with a date that’s equally as dark and mysterious and you have yourself a very hard-to-visualize hypothetical evening.
11. Chocolatey Nail Color
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine in Bark!
The name speaks for itself with this tree bark-brown polish, reminding you of fall trees and brown leaves. Or of dogs. Homographs are neat!
12. Metallic Rose Gold Nail Color
Ella + Mila Elite in Champagne Pop
Summer weddings are over (if they ever happened — thanks 2020!) but fall celebrations still call for something cute which is what this shimmery champagne hue is. Social gatherings still not happening? Let’s toast to all that money you’ve saved on bridesmaids’ dresses.
13. Deep Burgundy Nail Lacquer
Ulta Gel Shine in Gypsy Lady
This deep burgundy from Ulta reminds us of having a glass of Merlot or Cabernet while wrapped in a blanket by the fireplace. Weirdly, it never reminds us of drinking Burgundy which we only do wrapped in a towel sitting on the fire escape.
14. Rosy-Pink Nail Polish
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Love Lies
No fall nail list is complete without a cute and simple pink blush. This shade is perfect for all skin tones and new fall hair colors, so go ahead and get those lime green highlights! OK, list complete! No need to read on.
15. Deep Taupe Nail Lacquer
Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour in Natural Charm
Still reading? You rebel you. Well, this deep taupe is the kind of neutral that you can rock in the early fall while the weather is still warm, and into late fall when winter is just around the corner. This same logic applies to that favorite sweater of yours and also many kinds of shoes!
16. Opaque White Nail Polish
Essie Neutrals in Marshmallow
Whoever said we can’t wear white after Labor Day has obviously never been to a fall wedding. (It was Kelly!) This marshmallow-colored nail polish from Essie is perfect for a french manicure. And getting your nails stuck to actual marshmallows if you don’t wait until they’re dry.
- 16 Trendy Fall Nail Colors to Dip Into This Season - September 11, 2020