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Fall nail color trends we can get behind

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Whether you’re in the salon every other week getting a fresh set of acrylics, or you can only be bothered to DIY your nails before a holiday or celebration, there is a color on this list for everybody.

Although I have to keep my nails short because I’m a musician and can’t play my guitar with stunningly long nails, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good pampering session from time to time. When I do treat myself to a mani-pedi, or a new bottle of nail polish at the drug store, I like knowing that I’m keeping up with the trends.

It’s tough to do because it feels as though some colors go out of style as quickly as they came into it. Continue reading for a list of colors that are a hot commodity heading into the Fall, but that will remain classic all year round.


Stormy Blue

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What colors come to your mind when you think of a stormy sky? Deep shades of blue and hues of grey; Stormy Blue is a perfect balance of blue and grey, giving you an extremely wearable nail look as it’s still neutral and goes well with all your fall outfits and accessories, but it’s a bit bolder than a traditional tan or dusty rose color.

Additionally, you can customize this to your skin tone. If you have a warmer complexion, grab a shade with warmer hints of grey. If you’re on the cooler side, lean more towards the blues in this shade.


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If you keep up with current trends, you’re probably no stranger to the world of metallics. Copper is especially great for a special occasion or fancy dinner out. Once again, try to be aware of your skin tone. Do you tend to gravitate towards silver jewelry? You’re probably cooler-toned which means opting into a silver metallic might complement your hands more.

If you’re a gold jewelry lover like myself, then you’re likely warmer-toned and should lean into golds and rose golds.

If you’re like me and treat yourself to the occasional trip to the salon to get your nails professionally tended to, don’t be shy to inquire about powdered glitter. This is a really fun way to incorporate coppers and other metallic tones while simultaneously taking it up a notch on the “fancy” ladder.

Forest Green

Similar to the stormy blue shade, this is a really bold way to stay neutral. Does that make sense?

Rather than a classic black or deep purple, a dark green shade will be really trendy and fashion-forward this fall. Once again, customizable to your skin tone, this is a color that will truly look fabulous on everyone.

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If you’re still not sure whether you are cool or warm-toned, another great test is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist and the tops of your hands. If they’re more green or olive, you are likely warm-toned. If they’re bluer and purple, you’re probably cool-toned.

And if you’re still not sure, you’re probably neutral. Lucky you, most colors will look great on you!

Pearlescents & Holographics

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Holographics have been trending for a little while now, but they don’t plan on going anywhere this Fall. Except maybe your nails.

I keep heading back to the cool warm thing, but it’s because it truly does make or break a nail look. What’s awesome about holos is that because they’re naturally filled with hundreds of pigments, they look great on any hand. If you’re warmer-toned, the greens and pinks will stand out, and if you’re cooler-toned, then the blues and lilacs will shine through more vividly.

Unique Reds

Red has been a classic since what feels like the beginning of time. This Fall, the trend experts are saying the color is back in full swing, but with a few twists.

They suggest trying reds with metallic shimmers, or matte finishes. Try venturing into red glitters and even red transparent shades. A less opaque finish will be very avant-garde this Autumn.

Ballerina Pink

If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this list and are still saying “I just don’t think nail polish suits me”, I’ve got one more idea for you. For whatever reason, most nail colors end up making my hands look red and old in my humble opinion.

As previously mentioned, I am a guitar player which means I have to keep my nails embarrassingly short which doesn’t add to their overall beauty.

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To combat this, I usually opt into a simple clear coat, or if I’m feeling fancier, a super simple Ballerina Pink. I like to seek out a sheer color because that way I can customize the opacity. If I want something super subtle and low maintenance, I’ll do one coat. And if I want a bit more color, I’ll do three coats so the pink comes out more.


What nail polish color do you swear by? We want to hear about it in the comments!


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