‘Tis the season for falling leaves, fresh pumpkin spice lattes, and nail art of all kinds. From classic French manicures to more ornate looks, there are fall nail ideas for all autumn occasions. Yes, even bingeing The Office for the umpteeth time under a mountain of blankets. Hey look, we found donuts down here!
Whether you’re busting into your personal nail polish stash or you have the cash to pay your favorite nail artist, these will make you look like you care about this time of year, even if you’re a summer gal at heart.
Pick your favorite fall designs to embrace the cool, crisp weather. It’s the perfect way to procrastinate on that laundry you’ve been putting off.
19 Fall Nail Ideas You’ll Autumn-atically Love
1. Earthy Pebble Nails
Creating a pebbly manicure is easy, chic, and perfect for fooling people into thinking that you’re outdoorsy. Pair it with platform sneakers and $90 leggings that you’re not actually supposed to sweat in, and you’re good to go!
2. Almond-Shaped Snake Nails
This slithery snake is equal parts cute and spooky. Like us before coffee.
3. Fall Florals
Paint on few warm-toned petunias on almond-shaped nails for a feminine look that offsets the fact that you have buffalo wing sauce smeared across your face.
4. Textured Stiletto Nails
Textured nails are having a major moment this season. They’re best on a stiletto or coffin nail if you want a look more dramatic than your Aunt Karen’s morning Facebook post.
5. Mushroom Accent Nails
Use a nail file to achieve a round nail with a longer length, then make your best efforts to create these fabulous fungi on an accent nails. Hey, some mushrooms are just brown blobs!
6. Classic Neutral Nails
Wear your apathy on the tips of your fingers with a nice taupe, tan, or brown tip.
7. Negative Space Nails
Turn a negative attitude into a work of art. Choose your favorite fall hue and pair it with this trendy design, and watch your mood improve. OK, maybe book a massage, too.
8. Pops of Plaid
Who needs to save up for a Burberry bag? Instead, overpay a salon that gives you a glass of gas station wine to paint the iconic checked pattern on your nails.
9. Simple Glitter Line Nails
You can easily squeeze in this one-step fall nail idea between throwing your messy bun together and grabbing an oat milk latte before work. You’ve never been on time for work…why start now?
10. Caramel Apple-Colored Gradient
The right combination of green, brick red, and brown makes a tasty treat for your tips. Thankfully, these are way less sticky than a real caramel apple. Probably about the same amount of nutritious, though.
11. Fall Color Wave Nails
All you need is three of your favorite fall nail colors to get this coffee-swirl look.
12. Blood Nails
Blood nails are perfect fall nail idea, with Halloween being right around the corner! Speaking of, tell the creepy guy with the mask he’s due for a spa day.
13. Basic Black
Want to keep things classic? This simple option pairs perfectly with your favorite North Face jacket, black leggings, and Ugg boots that you should have donated to Goodwill in 2011.
14. Evil Eye Nails
Use this evil eye nail design to ward off negative energy and evil spirits. It can’t be any less effective than the rose quartz you overpaid for at a crystal shop because a woman who looks vaguely like Stevie Nicks told you it would make your life better.
15. Melty Fall Hues
This abstract nail art creates a melted effect on your fingertips. Pick some pretty fall colors to celebrate the fact that your face won’t be melting off in the summer heat anymore!
16. Blue French Manicure
These soft blue tips remind of us a crisp and clear autumn sky. And the blue cotton candy we saved from the state fair.
17. Ombré Nails
Embrace the fact that it now gets dark at 4PM with these ombré nails that are a sunset 24/7.
18. Graphic Fall Nails
Nothing says “I’ve been drinking pumpkin spice lattes since August 1st” like fall-colored nails with gold-flecked leaves. Don’t worry, you can find plenty of leaf-shaped stickers on Amazon.
19. Spooky Swirls
Use a toothpick or that bobby pin you found in your couch to create ghost-like swirls of black and white. If you start seeing meaningful symbols in your designs, you’ve gone too far in the direction of a Rorschach test.
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