35 Nail Designs That Are So Perfect for Fall

Your nails are about to give fall foliage some serious competition.

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From dark and moody motifs to back-to-school designs, these nail art ideas will have you — and your nails — covered all autumn long.

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CND
Dark Crystal

This gorgeous nail art by CND takes a classic fall oxblood manicure to a magical new level by layering holographic mylar accents over their  and shades for a crystal-like effect. 


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YouTube/Kimberly Clark
Mauve and Metallic

If you're not quite ready to dive into fall's darker colors, mauve is the perfect transitional shade. Here, Kimberly Clark layered half moons and triangles over OPI's to make the muted color more festive.


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Ipsy
Black Marble

The secret to marbleizing black, gray, white and gold polish: ! It's a gorgeous idea for fall formal events.


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YouTube/saaammage
Rose Gold Chrome

This clever manicure was created with but warmed up to fall-friendly rose gold by painting nails with an orange polish underneath. So pretty!


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OPI
Cherry Bomb Ombre

It's time to switch from your summer pastels to your fall reds and purples! Better yet, a gradient that's as chic as it is seasonal.

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Courtesy of Love Maegan
Bejeweled

Who says your nails can't look as luxe as your jewelry? Pick a few of your fave fall shades and add a little embellishment for an elegant overall look. 

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Instagram/Paintboxnails
Reverse French Tip

Change up a traditional French tip by creating a reverse design. Neutral colors keeps it looking classic. 


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Courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com
Half Moon With a Twist

Yes, red nails are classic — but this gold-and-blood orange design is anything but ordinary. 

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Instagram/MPNails
Torn Paper

Not ready to give up your summer brights yet? Pair beach-y shades like aqua with autumn hues like deep ivy for a transitional look.


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Makeup.com
Real Feathers

That's right — this design doesn't just require polish. You'll need feathers, too. And while it's slightly harder than the average mani, it's the perfect way to hone your skills and get a gorgeous style for fall.

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Instagram/JINsoon
Single Stripe

Once the bright white shades of summer have disappeared from our nails, it's time to aim for something a little warmer. Try a beautiful beige color, then achieve the world's easiest nail art by drawing a thin, single line down one nail per hand.


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Lulus.com
Navy Studs

If your style is one part elegant and two parts edgy, this cool jewelry-inspired manicure is perfect for you.


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Pshiiit.com
Stained Glass Windows

Mimic the look of beautiful stained glass windows with this stunning, angular manicure. Add a touch of glitter to spice things up even more.

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Essie
French Plum

French manicures don't have to just be white and pink — sometimes, a more subtle contrast can be just as stunning. Case in point: This deep plum manicure looks good enough to eat. 

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Julep
Back to School

Celebrate back-to-school season — even if you've been out for a long time! — with this adorable notebook nail art. Learning to do an amazing manicure is the best kind of homework. 

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Courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com
Festive Leaves

These leaves are more artsy than realistic — just how we like them. And the colors are really fun.

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Chalkboardnails.com
Tortoiseshell

With blonde and tortoiseshell hair colors still trending, it makes sense that these earthy shades would become fall nail art too. 

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Sonailicious.com
Metallic Chevron

This idea takes chevron to the next level by switching up where the placement on each nail. Pair ivy with a metallic gold or silver to make your pattern pop.


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Essie
Apple Red

Shimmery, striped, and oh-so-bright, this manicure looks as deliciously red as a candy apple.

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Instagram/MTMorganTaylor
Gold Sparkles

Even sparkles can be subtle. Keep things simple and sweet using pastel pinks plus the tiniest bit of gold.


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Chalkboardnails.com
Fall Splatter

Before Halloween season truly gets started, give yourself a subtly spooky manicure. Bonus: It looks great on short nails too!

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Instagram/JulepMaven
Matte vs. Glossy

Divide your nails into two parts: one glossy, one matte. The result is a cool, modern-looking manicure that's just right to pair with your favorite leather jacket.


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Sonailicious.com
French Chevron

Want your hands to look a little slimmer? Try this elongating design that draws the eye toward the tips of your fingers.


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Instagram/Paintboxnails
Triangle Cutout

Take an edgy manicure like an angular cutout design and make it more subtle for work by using a totally on-trend pastel shade.


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Ombré Dip Dye

A new take on the ever-popular ombré trend, this dip dye manicure is only for the most artsy beauty lovers.


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Instagram/Badgirlnails
Leafy Accent

Step up your gold glitter mani by painting on a lovely little orange leaf atop a shimmering gradient background.


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Instagram/Hannaroxit
Iridescent Fishtail

This geometric mani may take some extra time, but it looks so cool once you've finished it. Pick jewel tones like these for a glamorous look, or substitute them for fall colors like orange, gold and brick for an autumnal feel.


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Instagram/Shadorpolished
Totally Tie-Dye

We're used to seeing tie-dye patterns in bright rainbow colors, but for fall, switch it up by subbing in yellow, scarlet, orange and ivy. 


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Instagram/Badgirlnails
Matte Ivy

You may think of orange, red and yellow when it comes to fall, but deep jade is also a perfect hue for the season. Add a matte topcoat to give this look an ultra-modern feel.

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Essie
Shades of Pink

A typical seasonal red manicure gets an adorable update with strips of soft gray and baby pink.

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