It can be difficult to step out of one’s nail polish comfort zone. Personally, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have Essie Licorice on my hands or toes. But lately, I’ve been craving a little variety! And there’s no better time to lean into all things chic than the fall. So regardless of whether you’re stuck in a rut or simply know what you like, it’s time to mix it up a bit with some of the best fall nail colors.
Autumn is the perfect time to embrace those sexy, darker, muted hues. There’s no better excuse to embrace your goth side, albeit on a very small scale! But that’s what’s so fun about nail polish. It’s an incredibly low-stakes way to experiment with new colors and trends. So, get out your manicure kit because Jennifer Howard-Brown from The Ten Spot is sharing the best fall nail colors along with some of the biggest trends you’ll be seeing this season. It’s time to carve a little space for yourself.
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1. Gradient nails
This fall is going to be all about gradient nails in neutral colors like gray or brown, with each successive nail in a different shade of the same color family. It gives the hand a cool paint swatch card effect.
2. Wine + sparkle
The combination of deep rich colors with a sparkle topcoat is going to be everywhere this season. Think wine, navy, or even dark green with a pop of sparkle on all or just a single nail.
3. Fancy French
Inverted and colored tips take the french mani to a new level. An inverted French is essentially trading out the traditional white tip for modern half-triangles that give a more angular tip. Colored tips are a fresh and easy way to reinvent the French mani. Who says it has to be pink with white tips? Howard-Brown invites you to try a neutral pink like OPI Bubble Bath for the base with navy inverted tips!
4. Modern neutrals
Simple dots or subtle Xs elevate a basic manicure to something creative and chic. For example, Howard-Brown explains, a nude base with three rose gold dots down the nail adds a subtle wow factor.
5. Round and Almond-shaped nails
Howard-Brown was quick to note that even nail shape trends have shifted. Short, round nails are in, as opposed to a more squoval shape. Almond-shaped nails are also really popular, especially if you have a little length to work with, or with the help of a buildable gel.
Read on for Howard-Brown’s picks for the best fall nail colors: