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The 25 Best Fall Nail Colors to Try This Minute

The ultimate capsule nail collection for the season.

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Selin Alemdar

I'm all about making summer last as long as possible, 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 specific nail shades for specific seasons, even better—there are no rules here.

We love 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, switching up your go-to hue and spending some quality time on those cuticles at home will have you well on your way to being your own manicurist. The more colors you have to choose from, the easier it'll be to come up with new ideas. Here, from a lush green to a witchy wine to a copper-kissed orange, check out the best nail colors for September and beyond.

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A Back-to-School Green
Hunter Green
Jonathan Davis
Olive & June oliveandjune.com
$8.00

This shade is called Geometry, and it reminds me of the composite notebooks I used to scribble my 6th grade notes in. It's elegant yet attention-grabbing, which makes it the perfect day-to-night polish. 

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An Unexpected Neutral
Candlelight
courtesy of brand
CND beyondpolish.com
$14.65

Consider this shade Lumiere in liquid form, singing cutlery not included. It's romantic without leaning too femme, which makes it perfect for any fall activity.

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A Fall Fruit
Mulberry
courtesy of brand
Sundays Amazon
$18.00

Raspberry and blackberry get all the inspo red in the makeup world. I like to think of mulberry as the more sophisticated sister of the berry family, and it'll look just as sweet on your tips as it does on your lips. 

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A Winter White
French Vanilla
Courtesy of brand
Jin Soon jinsoon.com
$18.00

Ice cream? During the winter? We're for it! The warmth of this shade makes it more wearable than a true white, and will add an unexpected neutral option to your arsenal.

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A Funky Lemon-Lime
Autumnal Slime
courtesy of brand
Essie ulta.com
$9.00

Neon devotees, I present a warmed-up alternative to your precious slime-tastic collection. This shade is bright enough to complement any skin tone but still feels Fall-adjacent. 

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A Fairytale Pink
Hazy Rose
courtesy of brand
Smith & Cult dermstore.com
$18.00

If you're a pink devotee but want a shade that'll complement the cool weather, reach for a smokier version of your usual blush.

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A Superhero Red
Scarlet Witch
courtesy of brand
Deborah Lippmann sephora.com
$18.00

Already dying for season 2 of Wandavision? Us too. Tide yourself over with a mani that channels our favorite Avenger. 

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A Shimmery Marigold
Creamsicle
Essie amazon.com
$9.00
$7.19 (20% off)

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. 

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This Pretty Lavender
Lilac
CHANEL nordstrom.com
$28.00

This elegant shade takes a summer-y purple and softens it for a seasonally-appropriate riff on pastels. 

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This Icy Blue
Moody Blue
OPI ulta.com
$10.50

Blue nails don't have to be casual. This chilly navy is a cool alternative to another deep neutral.  

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This Barely There Tint
Barely-There
Dior sephora.com
$28.00

Sometimes, less is more. Dior's universally flattering formula will give anyone's nails a healthy tint. 

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This Savory Green
Olive
SHOP IT Amazon
$10.50

If you like coordinating your polish to your shoes or new bag, try matching it to your martini garnish instead. 

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A Bold White
Snow
Deborah Lippmann nordstrom.com
$15.00

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. 

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A Deep Black
Vamp Black
Gucci saksfifthavenue.com
$28.00

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. 

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A Vampy Cranberry
Natty Wine
OPI amazon.com
$10.79

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? 

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A Timeless Beige
Petal
Courtesy
CND ulta.com
$100.00

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. 

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A Chic Lavender
Storm Cloud
Mischo Beauty mischobeauty.com
$20.00

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. 

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An Earthy Green
Chartreuse
Courtesy
J. Hannah jhannahjewelry.com
$19.00

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. 

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A Non-Basic Black
Onyx
Courtesy
Base Coat nordstrom.com
$15.00

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. 

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An 18th Century Vibe
Eggplant
Courtesy
OPI Nail Lacquer in Good Girls Gone Plaid ulta.com
$100.00

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.

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A Textural Top Coat
Sandpaper
Courtesy
Jin Soon Nail Polish in OHKO jinsoon.com
$18.00

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. 

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A Dark Sapphire Shade
Twilight Blue
Courtesy
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Radiant Blue barneys.com
$28.00

Put your basic black shade you always wear down, and try this sophisticated sapphire that'll look just as chic. 

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A Fireside Red
Brick Red
Courtesy
JINsoon Nail Polish in Idyll barneys.com
$18.00

Swap out your bright reds for this brick-toned shade with hints of brown and orange that make this warm hue feel extra special. 

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A Moody, Metallic Blue
Smith & Cult Nail Polish
Courtesy
Smith & Cult amazon.com
$18.00

Jazz up your nails for upcoming festivities with this glitter-filled metallic blue that still errs on the subtle side. 

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A Luxurious-Looking Red
Scarlet Red
Courtesy
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer In Smoke Red barneys.com
$37.00

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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