Raise your hand if fall is your season. And speaking of hands, let’s talk about nail art for a sec—we may be biased here, but we think it’s the ultimate autumnal accessory. This season rich color palettes meet sleek minimalist details for designs you can even master yourself at home, if you choose. Behold, 40 freshly picked options for you to wear from now through December.
This mani made us stop scrolling when we saw it. Look at the colors, the details, the way it all blends so harmoniously!
Soft Metallic Sweeps
Here’s an easy way to transition your tips to fall: Paint the top half of your nails a deep emerald green (or navy blue) and add a diagonal swoop of gold polish across your nail for a flourishing finish.
Pumpkin Spiced Mani
For all of our low-key ladies out there who are looking for something that’s subtly seasonal (and less-in-your-face fall), try outlining the edges of your nails in a shiny copper.
Tortoise Shell Moonies
French tips meet tortoise shell moons.
Black and white cookie
An homage to a New York classic.
Cookies and Creme Mani
ICYMI: The gradient mani is still going strong. As the weather cools, we’re feeling a tonal palette of white, gray and black (to match every knit sweater we own).
Rose Mélange Mani
Pretty, not precious is how we’d describe this mélange of pink polish.
Move over squoval nails and almond tips. Filed at a diagonal slant, Editorial nail artist Park Eunkyung (aka Unistella) created a nail shape that’s inspired by a fresh tube of lipstick.
Lighten up a moody red with small pops of pink.
Electric Matte Mani
We know what you’re thinking: A cobalt blue mani is nothing new. But try adding a matte topcoat over it and you’ve got yourself a new classic.
Paint a small corner of each tip a rich terra-cotta and outline it in a thin strip of gold.
Art Deco Nails
Calling all fans of the French tip: Try it with a straight edge and two contrasting shades for a more modern spin.
Geometric color blocking
Perfect for dipping your fingers into fall shades.
A subtle celebration of Halloween.
Inspired by the creamy milk cap and rich espresso of your morning coffee.
Nude and black
A minimalist's dream mani.
Half moon rainbow
Why choose one shade when you can rock five at once?
Lest you think that flowers only bloom in the spring.
Tone on tone but switch up the textures.
Add some white and gold swirls for Starry Night vibes.
For when buying the bag is out of reach.
Pumpkin spice splice
Straight down the middle.
Olive green and yellow aren't the first colors we'd pair together but that's part of the magic. It's delightfully unexpected.
Speaking of unusual pairings, here's a strong case for mismatched designs on either hand.
Fatigued of fatigues? Expand your color palette to include cobalt and marigold and burgundy, and sure, why not add a splash of red to the mix while you're at it.
Reasons to embrace plenty of white space for your next mani: it takes less time to paint, doesn't show chips as noticeably and it grows out nicely.
Double the French, double the fun.
In a groovy 70s color palette.
Same shades as above but painted in funky shapes and splotches.
A Painted On PSA
Because November will be here before you know it.
In case you need more color combos for your next tonal mani.
It's all in the details.
Like jewelry for your nails.
No painting necessary. All you need is a file to shape these pre-painted wraps to fit your nail beds.
Guys, if you haven't tried nail polish stickers yet, you must. They're a game-changer for when you don't have the time (or wherewithal) to paint.
Dot and Stroke
An ideal design for beginners.
A Little Green
Tip: Use a piece of painter's tape as a guide.
Don't you feel cozier just looking at this?
Is it even fall if you don't rock a plaid print?
We're swooning over these rustic hand-painted florals.