Fall is upon us, whether we like it or not. We are craving autumnal traditions. We are eager to try the latest trends in nail polish colors, and we love pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters with cranberry-colored poms. Jin Soon Choi, brand founder and editorial nail artist, says that everyone quickly switches from bright tones to more moody colors.
This is not surprising, considering fall nail trends tend to favor darker mani and muted designs. However, this year’s pros agree that glittering finishes will be in fashion alongside deeper colors. Deborah Lippman (manicurist, brand founder) says that glittering is a great way of making any look more luxurious.
Rita Remark, Essie’s global educator is a nail artist. She adds that “we’ll see a lot more exciting nail polish textures enter mainstream,” including chrome, pearl, and iridescence.
Although it’s not a rule that you should change your nail polish every season, fall is a time when we are open to a new approach. There are new shades available, including a deep forest green shade and updated versions of classic fall colors. Here are the top fall nail colors according to professionals. Expect to see them taking over salon walls and runways, and even on red carpets.
Brittney Boyce (celeb nail artist, founder of Nails of LA) says that it is the sheer cousin of chrome finishes. You can wear the iridescent polish all over, such as Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut nails. Or you can use it as a topcoat for nail art. Boyce recommends using it over a pastel French manicure.
Do you want the look? You can get the Essie Expressie FX nail polish in Iced Out Top Coat – a quick drying polish with a pearly pink shift.
Los Angeles-based nail technician Sigourney Nunez said that chromes and metallics are making a comeback, referring to Kylie Jenner’s recent gunmetal French tips. People will be more adventurous and indulge in metallic colors because they feel the need for small luxury, such as a manicure.
OPI’s Fall Wonders Infinite Shine Polish is in Clean Slate if you are looking to combine moody colors and shimmery textures.
Mix a grey nail polish with a dark greenish blue one and you will get Midnight Oasis, Orly’s Desert Muse Collections. Your nails will be glowing with a moody, beautiful hue in just two coats.
Lippmann states that plum is a trend that exudes sophistication. It is a beautiful color and can be used for many occasions. Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish In Love Yourself in Gel Lab Pro is the perfect accessory, no matter what your style.
Nuanced Jewel Tones
Remark agrees that there is no better time than the cooler months to wear jewel tones. She says, “When I think about fall nail colors this season, themes that come to my mind are decadence and retro, as well as glam.” This includes nuanced jewel tones such as Jinsoon’s Tila-colored Nail Lacquer.
Nunez says that the red manicure is a fall staple that will not be going away. Chanel is the best when it comes classics. Le Vernis in Pirate by Chanel flatters all skin types and exudes the juiciness that is a cherry red. The best part? It’s eye-catching and can be used as nail art accents.
Try something deeper than a navy like the almost black Olive & June Polish in HJ. Its mysterious appeal is due to its extra-dark finish, slightly blue hue and unusual color.
You can create a minimalist mani using a color like Essie’s Off The Grid. This is a timeless polish that you will wear all year.
Forest green is a departure form the olive polish that you usually see in the Fall season. This color-of-nature is both elegant and earthy. Nails Inc’s Want Not Need Polish is our pick. It is cool, collectible, and a little bit out there.
Boyce says that Barbiecore is the hot trend this summer. But, she expects a moody, borderline-sad vibe. Boyce sees gothic white, which is gray-toned when compared to bright white and creamy eggshell, taking over celebrity clients’ nails this fall. Orly Nail Polish Ceci N’est Pas Blanc is her pick.
Sally Hansen’s Mega Strength Nail Polish in Here to Stay has a darker, more smokiness. It’s dark enough to be noticed but subtle enough to match any fall outfit.
Nunez suggests that azurite blue, which is ethereal and captivating, can help us ground ourselves during the busy season. This polish color is a bit more bold than the usual reds and neutrals. But if you’re looking for something different and beautiful, this one is it. TooD’s Nail Polish Ashton is a swirled polish that contains finely-milled glitter.
This hue is a favorite of Choi, and it was featured on the Michael Kors fall/winter 2022 runway. She says that moody colors, toned down, look stunning and fashionable on either short or long nails. This level of cool sophistication can be achieved by Zoya’s red-toned Terracotta hue, Briar.