Looking for an easy way to upgrade your fall style? Take inspiration from some of the nail shades we're predicting will be everywhere this summer. When fall rolls around, we're all about the nails, from their shape to the polish. We're getting a jump on the latter before fall rolls around.
To have a better idea of what to expect, we reached out to manicurist Brittney Boyce, who's behind the iconic nail looks of everyone from Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian to Kerry Washington and Olivia Rodrigo. Ready to see which trending shades we'll be wearing this season? Keep scrolling and get ready to save your favorites to request on your next trip to the salon.
Is it any surprise that chrome isn't going anywhere this fall? According to Boyce, the chrome revival that we saw creeping up on us following the sudden popularity of the glazed-donut nails that dominated our social media feed for months on end has brought us full circle. This fall, we're expecting a space-age take on the trend, with chrome shades dappling in the precious metals.
To re-create this look, you can wear your favorite silver or gold polish underneath a layer of chrome powder or opt for a polish that already has a chrome-like finish, such as Essie's No Place Like Chrome shade.
(Dirty) Martini Green
This summer, we've seen a boom in minimal shades and designs. Heading into fall, Boyce predicts olive green will be at its peak. We've coined the term dirty martini nails for shades with some depth to them. "Green will remain popular this year," she says. "Tones will adjust a bit darker going into fall and winter." We can't wait to get our hands on all things green and moody, can you?
POV: We're forced to select the premier pigmented muddy green available on the market. This one is the nail polish equivalent to your Friday night drink of choice, making Londontown's unique green shade one of our favorites for this season.
Fall offers the perfect opportunity to lean into the cozy vibes hard. Shades of cognac, the perfect blend of brown and orange, is our idea of a spicy fall-inspired nail trend that we're excited to see make a reappearance. There's something about this color that reminds us of that one oversize, comfy leather jacket that we can't wait to pull out of the closet once the cold weather hits.
Midnight Delight is one of those unique nail polish shades that invokes all the feelings and imagery you associate with fall—leaves crunching underfoot, steaming cups of pumpkin-inspired beverages, and finally being able to dress in heavier layers comfortably. It also works as a gorgeous nude for medium-deep skin tones.
Boyce also predicts that rosy blush colors will make an appearance this season. "Warmer neutrals are great for fall and look great as a gloss or matte," she tells us. Polishes that fall into this shade family complement all skin tones well, existing as a universal nude that can be worn year-round but looks particularly stylish in the fall. In other words, you can never go wrong with a deep, rosy hue.
Speaking of spices… This wouldn't be a fall nail polish guide without at least one mention of an elegant orange shade. Desert orange is a dramatic departure from what you might expect from other autumnal hues, venturing away from the classic pumpkin-inspired shades we see every year. This one is a bit murkier with a sneaky brown undertone lurking beneath it.
Essie's Paintbrush It Off is the nail polish shade we'll be reaching for all season. This orange is something familiar yet different than what we would usually expect from a fall tone. It would also look incredible paired with deep browns or, if you're feeling edgy, with a shimmering chrome finish.
Preppy nails are on the comeback as well, and they're definitely schooling us on how to pull off academic-inspired styles. Whether you decide to go for a plaid/checked nail design or opt for a simple pop of color, the tartan green gets an A+ from us. Plus, it'll be trending well into the winter months.
Is it just us, or is there also something a little spooky about OPI's Nail Polish in Suzi The First Lady of Nails? Yes, that's the name of this unique polish find. We're beyond excited to add this hauntingly gorgeous autumnal color to our manicure rotation this fall.
Have you ever seen a nail polish shade and felt the urge to pull on your go-to cashmere set? If not, there's a good chance that this one will make it happen. It's the ideal neutral shade to carry us through the season while matching literally everything. I can't promise I'll retire it once fall comes to an end.
Static Nails' Liquid Glass Lacquer is the perfect answer to the creamy cashmere nail polish shade. It's also a must-have for all you quiet-luxury lovers since it's truly a universal neutral. While we haven't asked her personally, we bet Sofia Richie Grainge would have a similar shade in her arsenal.
Did you think you saw the last of electric blue? The shade is coming back this fall with a vengeance, and we're absolutely living for it. If you decide to wear it in the next few months, prepare yourself for nonstop compliments coming your way. Believe us—this one is too good not to try.
Londontown's Beau of the City has to be one of this brand's best nail polish shades. Its rich, vibrant hue completely steals the show while still being extremely versatile. Like all of Londontown's polishes, it delivers gel-like wear with nonstop shine.
Neutral lovers, here's another one for you! Clay brown is one of those colors that you expect to see everywhere every season but somehow doesn't make any big waves (that is, until now). That's right—we're starting to see this shade popping up more frequently on and off of our social media feeds.
Creamy Latte is one of those nail polish finds that you won't let go of easily once you get your hands on it. One of my personal favorites, this nail polish is the perfect take on a milky clay brown that looks as good shiny as it does matte. It's a win-win.
This fall, we're going to the dark side—at least our manicures are. Glossy black is one of the easiest ways to add timeless elegance or edge to your look. Check out how Dana Emmanuelle-Jean Nozime styles the shade in this shot from her Instagram.
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