10 Fall Nail Polish Colors

We’ve picked our favorite transitional nail colors for fall.

This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

The leaves on the trees aren’t the only things changing colors. Big orange pumpkins are replacing the brightly colored container gardens on your neighbors stoops, store windows are trading teal for tartan, and your favorite farm-to-table restaurant is replacing bright yellow summer squash with orange and red root vegetables. All around us, the signs are there—summer has faded to fall. And so should we. It’s probably a no-brainer in your wardrobe: olive-colored cords, brown wool blazers, and cognac suede boots are obvious staples. However, the subtle details, like painting your nails, really complete your seasonal look and are the easiest ways to transition your beauty routine from summer to fall. Rich, warm, deep tones can instantly create a fall look. Try burnt orange in place of your coral pink, or mink grey in place of your nudey pink.



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A dark plum manicure is alluring and flattering.

To buy: OPI Nail Lacqer in Lincoln Park After Dark, $7.73; amazon.com.


Mink Grey

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Think of this as fall’s version of a nude nail. It puts a light look at the tip of your fingers but doesn’t read too summery.

To buy: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Nude, $15; sephora.com.

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Oxblood Red

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The “it” color of the season. Deep red magically goes with everything.

To buy: Burberry Polish in Oxblood No.303, $22, nordstrom.com.



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A deep navy is equal parts sophisticated and cool.

To buy: Ella + Mila in Blindfold Me, $10.50, amazon.com.



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For a fall polish on the lighter side, try this creamy sage green.

To buy: Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquer in Bitter Buddhist, $18, birchbox.com.

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State Blue

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It’s a little softer and more playful than a navy nail, but still perfectly suited for the season.

To buy: Julep Cream Nail Color in Donna, $14, nordstrom.com.


Burnt Orange

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If autumn had an official color, we think this would be the one.

To buy: Zoya Nail Polish in Paz, $10; amazon.com.


Classic Red

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You just can’t go wrong with red on short nails. Ever.

To buy: Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Scarlet Chinois, $36, bloomingdales.com.

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Dark Teal

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Fashion forward, but very wearable, a dark teal polish coordinates with every hue in your wardrobe from neutrals to jewel tones.

To buy: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Warm Blue, $22, sephora.com.


Deep Olive

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Part of a traditional fall palette, this dark olive tone looks lovely paired with an earth-toned ensemble.

To buy: Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Metropolis, $28.50, walmart.com.