Fall is almost here, which means I’ve already done the following: switched from iced coffees to steaming lattes, screenshotted a dozen Halloween makeup ideas, and endlessly searched “fall nail colors” to prep for my next nail appointment. And trust me when I say that you’ve got a ton of inspo to choose from. Whether you’re into the classics—like burgundy, black, plum, and nude nail polish—or you’re interested in trying something trendy (hiii, Halloween nails and chrome nail polish), you can trust that your nails will be worthy of a selfie this year.
But before you make that next nail appointment or gather your at-home manicure kit, check this breakdown of the best fall nail colors and autumn mani ideas of 2022, according to four celebrity manicurists and nail polish experts. I, for one, was planning on wearing vampy-red nail polish on repeat, but I might just have to try them all?!
17 Best Nail Polish Colors And Ideas To Try Right Now
1. Mustard-yellow nails
If you’re missing your bright yellow and green summer nail colors already, swap your neon hues for an equally bold shade that nail artist Galdina Jimenez says will be “the star shade of fall.” Plus, it plays into the western rodeo trend we’re seeing across beauty and fashion this fall (my cowboy boots are about to get so much love), which nail artist Tammy Taylor says is “versatile and effortlessly cool.”
2. "Glazed donut" nail trend
Yup, Hailey Bieber’s “glazed donut” nails aren't going anywhere this 2022. This nail trend, aka the #GlazedDonutNails you’ve likely seen all over TikTok, generally involves a powder chrome topper. (READ MORE: Here's How You Can Recreate Hailey Bieber's 'Glazed Donut' Nails At Home)
3. Denim-blue nail color
It’s an easy way to wear blue as a neutral, or a great transition shade if you’re not ready to layer on deep tones juuust yet.
4. Silver-chrome nail trend
Chrome nails are about to be everywhere this season, says Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of GlossLab nail salons. It’s a futuristic and fun take on a neutral nail color. You can also try this hack for chrome nails at home: While your nail polish is still tacky after your first coat, pat your nails with loose silver eyeshadow, and then top it off with a glossy top coat.
5. Caramel-tan nails
This tan nail polish color has a warm caramel base, but it’s neutral enough that it won’t look too murky even if your skin tone is on the neutral or cool side.
6. Deep-navy nails
If an intense black manicure isn’t exactly your ~vibe~ regardless of the season, try this dark-navy polish color that’s almost black, but has a misty-blue undertone to keep it soft. It’ll give you all the spooky feels without requiring you to commit to such a stark shade.
7. Candy-red nail color
Red nail polish will always be a trend, but this szn, expect to see this bright, glossy version everywhere, says Glass. She loves how a “fiery-red manicure spices up a simple fall outfit, whether you’re looking to do a fun French mani or accent nail” with nail stickers.
8. Classic French manicure for fall
I, for one, am here for the revival of the classic French manicure, which is both timeless and trendy this 2022.
9. Black nails
There's nothing like bold, black nail polish for fall, whether in a monochromatic manicure (like, full Wednesday Addams in honor of the new show, ofc), in some halloween-inspired nail art, or in a sharp French tip. Seriously—I don't consider summer over until I've gotten a pumpkin spice latte and a cool-weather mani. Want to try two trends in one? Coat your black nails with a matte top coat for some extra dimension.
10. Smokey-lilac nail polish
This smokey lilac nail color is going to be everywhere this season, mark my words. It looks super flattering on fair, medium, and dark skin tones. It’s soft, but it still has a ~rock ‘n’ roll edge~ to it (thanks to the gray undertone) that Taylor says will be a huge trend in fall nail colors.
11. Burnt-coral nails
This nail polish color has hints of red and orange (and not as much pink) that are giving me alllll the warm and spicy pumpkin spice latte vibes.
12. Vampy-red manicure
Vampy red nail polishes are always at the top of the best fall nail colors list. Why, you ask? Well, they’re v flattering, go perfectly with chunky knits and leather jackets, and look a lil edgy.
13. Blush nails
If you’re looking for a neutral color and are ready to say goodbye to light pink and beige, try this pinky-neutral blush that has a mix of warm and cool undertones for a fall update, which nail artist Lia Smith says evokes “warmth and depth.” It’s flattering on most skin tones and is an unexpected, neutral fall hue you can feel comfortable wearing everywhere.
14. Dark-gray nail polish
If you can’t commit to the intensity of black nail polish, then this creamy dark-gray shade is for you. Two coats give your nails a moody vibe that’ll perfectly complement all your jackets.
15. Forest-green nails
Green is one of the trendiest colors for fall every year because there are so many variations (bright emerald, deep teal, kelly, to name a few).
16. Pumpkin orange nail color
PSA: Cooler weather doesn’t mean you need to retire your bright summer nail colors for good. Add this eye-catching orange shade into your mani-pedi rotation—it feels totally fresh, unexpected, and pretty. Jimenez loves this tone because it’s “the perfect transition from fun multi-colored spring and summer shades to more neutral cozy shades that remind us of pumpkin spice lattes and crunchy brown leaves on the ground.”
17. Metallic-purple nails
Gemstone-inspired nails are a great way to ease into glitter without the messy flecks.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.
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