Must-Try Nail Ideas For Fall

Shannon Farrell
Must-Try Nail Ideas For Fall
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Retire your bright neons and tan-enhancing whites for this season’s top color and design trends. From simple designs on the fall runway to new polishes that are a look all in themselves—camo polish, anyone?—there are tons of new styles to upgrade your look for the season, without the hefty price tag.

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Floating Nail Art
Floating nail art—a design placed along a bare nail—has been around for seasons and sure enough, it isn’t going anywhere. Copy the look at Opening Ceremony with mismatched diagonal designs on each nail.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

Fake a camo design with Alexa Chung’s latest collaboration with Nails Inc., Nails Inc. Alexa Camo Polish ($15, The polish mixes green and nude glitter in metallic and matte finishes to create a rich texture.

Metallic Splatter
Update a classic metallic hue with a “shattered mirror” design, like Miss Pop Nails did at Emerson. Using a dry brush, splatter metallic polish over a black base.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

Metallic Pop
Designer Phillip Lim teamed up with NARS to create 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Polish Gold Viper ($20,, a platinum gold metallic that needs zero design to make a statement.

Can’t decide whether to exaggerate the tip or below the cuticle? Do both. At Tadashi Shoji, French tips and half-moon designs went hand-in-hand.

Photo: ImaxTree

Earth Tones
Earth-toned colors like forest greens and browns are always a safe option for fall. Essie The Perfect Cover Up ($8.50, is a subtle deviation that reads as a mix of teal and heather gray.

The Updated French
Instead of classic tips, use the color scheme of a classic French mani—off white and nude—to paint a border design. At Band of Outsiders, Deborah Lippmann held the brush parallel to the top tip of the nail and traced around the entire perimeter in one swoop to keep the line straight.

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Pair dark fall clothing with a bright mani to contrast. Jin Soon Trio de Couleurs ($45, includes three of the manicurist’s best polishes—Blue Iris, Kookie White and Tea Rose. Wear separately or pair them together for a graphic, yet wearable look.

Edgy Ombré
Dress up metallic with a subtle ombré like the one the models wore at Lela Rose. Instead of using two polishes, Hughes used Butter London Alabaster Gaze ($15,, first creating a diagonal stripe with the polish and then adding two more coats to the top half to deepen the shade.

Photo: Courtesy of Butter London

Matte Metallic
We love to see two bold trends working together. The Brushed Metallics by Formula X ($12.50, is a more muted metallic with an unexpected matte finish. Wear alone or pair with a traditional formula for opposing textures.

At Dannijo, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes blended similar shades for a subtle two-toned effect. She first applied Butter London Goss ($15, as the base and then dabbed on Posh Bird at the tips using a makeup sponge.

Photo: Courtesy of Butter London

Bronze Shimmer
Trade in your summer body shimmer for a nail alternative. Chanel Delight ($27, has a similarly stunning golden bronze effect.

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