12 Fall Nail Colors That Look Especially Great on Brown and Black Skin

In case you haven't noticed, we veer a tad mani-obsessed over here at WWW, and nothing brings out our passion for polish like the changing of the seasons. Fall is here (and winter is coming!), so we've been toes- and fingers-deep in all things fall-nail inspiration. We've talked ourselves blue about the best gel polishes for fall if you can't stand chips, the "ugly" nail color that's reaching fever-pitch popularity, and even the October-specific shades that feel festive, not cheesy.


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We work hard to make sure all of our nail coverage is inclusive, but here, we're celebrating the best fall nail colors to enhance brown and Black skin, specifically. To get some expert-led guidance, we reached out to four celebrity nail artists, who regularly work with legendary women like Beyoncé, Joan Smalls, Naomie Harris, and Paloma Elsesser (and so many more), and gleaned their top nail color picks for fall. However, this isn't to say dark skin tones can only wear certain hues this season. Wear whatever fall nail color you please! But getting some inside strategy courtesy of the best manicurists in the world isn't an opportunity we'll ever pass up.

"There isn't one specific shade I don't think is flattering on dark skin," notes Mimi D, an L.A.-based editorial manicurist and nail artist to stars like Tabitha Brown, Ciara, Skai Jackson, and Tess Holliday. "Because everyone has different undertones, I think it's important to test out as many shades as possible to find out which shades don't work for you."

Keep scrolling! Below, our expert panel of nail pros is sharing the specific bottles of polish that look *especially* stunning on dark skin tones. 


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OPI Nail Polish in My Italian Is a Little Rusty

Emilie Heathe Nail Polish in Big Night Out

OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpaca My Bags

Pear Nova Nail Polish in Michelle Our Mama

Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Meet Me on Regents Street

LaPierre Cosmetics Nail Polish in No, It's Navy!

Pear Nova Nail Polish in Kissu Miss You

China Glaze Nail Polish in Mustard the Courage

Ella+Mila Nail Polish in Bags Are Packed

OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand

J.Hannah Nail Polish in Ghost Ranch

CND Nail Polish in Brick Knit

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.