I'm all about the #EndlessSummer movement, but I'm also a realist who knows that nothing lasts forever and time flies. Leather jackets and sweater weather season is officially here, which means your nail color wardrobe needs an upgrade. It's never too late to start thinking about what you want your fall vibe to be. And if you don't subscribe to wearing nail shades for specific seasons, even better. There really are no rules.
We're here for vibrant, neon colors, but if you want to give those a break for cooler, subtler shades that feel a bit more muted and understated, we've got you covered too. You might not get your pumpkin spice latte fix right now, but you can wear fall-inspired shades to put you in the mood. Plus, spend some quality time at home being your own manicurist. You'll wonder why you've spent an arm and a leg in nail salons for so long after learning how to do it yourself. From a lush green to a witchy wine to a copper-kissed orange, check out the best shades for autumn and beyond.
Floral shades don't have to be pretty and pastel. This warmed-up alternative to daffodil yellow is bright and attention-grabbing, but still rich enough for autumn.
This elegant shade takes a summer-y purple and softens it for a seasonally-appropriate riff on pastels.
Blue nails don't have to be casual. This chilly navy is a cool alternative to another deep neutral.
Sometimes, less is more. Dior's universally flattering formula will give anyone's nails a healthy tint.
Penny-hued nails have always been an autumn staple, but the shimmer in this formula gives the shade a glam makeover.
Ever give yourself a cafeteria mani with Wite-Out in middle school? Same vibe here, but this gel formula will last you a week rather than a school day.
Hey, it's only September, but it can't hurt to lean in and go full glam goth. And this formula is totally opaque, so you nail a a crisp jet black with only two coats.
The shimmer in this serpent-hued option brings it up a flashy notch.
We're declaring this witchy wine color the official red of the season. Kind of makes you want to howl at the harvest moon, no?
Beige doesn't equal boring. Take this sherbet shade, for example: A muted neutral with just enough depth to make a statement and softness to go with literally anything.
Black-owned polish brand Mischo Beauty has a lavender that's not your grandma's floral. It's their interpretation of a "dark and stormy lavender," which feels moody enough to transition from season to season.
Besides the gorgeous bottle, which belongs on a vanity, this olive green shade speaks to everyone's inner cool girl. A little-known fact: This well-known jewelry brand dabbles in polish-making, too, and channels the more subtle colors on the spectrum.
If all-black-everything is your vibe, try this ultra glossy finish that will dry down in minutes. If you really want to look badass, stack a bunch of your favorite rings on to accompany this classic color.
Metallic, but make it fashun. Leave it to Dior to turn sparkle up several notches with this bronze gold shade. It's one of those party-ready polishes you wear when you're guaranteed to have a good time.
OPI's fall collection is inspired by Scotland, and we're here for anything that gives us Outlander vibes. No doubt Claire would wear this coming to Jamie's rescue on horseback, but it's also perfectly suited for a chilly Saturday night.
This gritty topper is the ideal swap out for summer's chunky glitter. The formula's taupe, beige, and white speckles can be worn over a reserved nude for an elevated twist, or all on their own to add elevated texture to a bare nail.
This shade is like a Maggie Rogers song in a bottle. Don't ask me to explain myself, it just is. For more those of you who need more convincing, jean season is upon us and a dreamy blue hue will compliment your fall uniform.
No doubt the spookiest option, this glow-in-the-dark formula feels particularly old school—think Party City costumes and Halloween lawn decorations of yesteryear.
Muted gray looks even cooler with a high-shine finish, and Marc Jacobs' catches the light with every move.
Nothing will feel more fall (and excusably basic) than wearing this apricot orange hue while sipping your pumpkin-spiced latte to match.
This timeless, sandy neutral will carry you through all seasons and complement every #OOTD.
Embrace the moodiness of the season with this midnight blue hue that'll last just as long as a gel manicure, without the damage.
Warning: this sparkly bordeaux shade might remind you of your favorite red wine.
Put your basic black shade you always wear down, and try this sophisticated sapphire that'll look just as chic.
This opaque, creamy white is one of those classic colors that instantly makes your manicure look like a million bucks.
Lean into the coolness of this season with this muted, taupe-toned grey that will look stunning on all skin tones.
Swap out your bright reds for this brick-toned shade with hints of brown and orange that make this warm hue feel extra special.
This "Sweater Weather" shade is practically calling your favorite turtleneck's name.
Jazz up your nails for upcoming festivities with this glitter-filled metallic blue that still errs on the subtle side.
There's nothing more sultry than a bloodshot red nail color that'll make you want to deck out your fingers in diamonds.
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