As the leaves begin to fall and hints of crisp apple and pumpkin spice scents float around our homes, you may be thinking about all the changes you need to make to your wardrobe: Summer sandals make way for fall booties, cozy sweaters replace tank tops, and denim steps in for breezy sundresses. The seasonal transition from summer to fall also means it’s finally time to start wearing moody fall nail polishes.
“The absolute must-have colors for fall are a mix of rich, deep tones and cozy, soft neutrals,” says Olivia Van Iderstine, VP of Content & Creative and Mani Trend Expert at Olive & June. To try something a little different, she recommends adding a matte top coat, too: “It completely changes the mood of a color, with a super cozy, fall-ready, cashmere finish. Texturally it feels like a sweater, which couldn’t be more appropriate for the season.” Nail shape-wise, “the ballerina shape (aka narrow square) is here to stay, along with a more straight-out, 90’s sharp-square tip,” adds celebrity nail artist Julie Kandalec.
So which autumn nail colors are trending this season? From classic nudes that will look perfect in all your apple picking Instagram posts this fall, to shockingly dark shades that hit the right note for any Halloween manicure, our beauty editors and nail experts hand-picked the prettiest autumn nail polishes based on this year’s best fall fashion and beauty trends.