fall nail trends

 

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New season, new nails. With sweater weather and the PSL craze, comes a plethora of eclectic manicure looks for fall. From moody florals and burning flames to lava lamp shapes and marbled rose quartz designs, these trending tips are serving serious style. We asked a few of our favorite manicurists to weigh in on the mani moments that are #sofall.

1. Odd Shapes

 

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Paintbox is known for their avant-garde nail designs that change just like the seasons, so here to weigh in on what’s hot for fall, is their chief creative officer, Eleanor Langston, to spill the tea. “Our Wild Thing and Joy Ride designs will be two hits for fall. We’re all about a curvy, windy shape that’s almost like a modern lava lamp and both have negative space for a sexy, sophisticated effect.”

2. Metallic Strokes

 

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“Both our Heaven + Earth and Sun Daze designs have soft sweeps of fine metallics for a subtly iridescent effect,” says Langston. “We love Sun Daze atop a sheer base since it basically turns your fingertips into jewelry.”

3. Tonal Studs

 

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Another nail trend Langston is feeling at the moment is colored studs with a tonal polish. “Our Have a Ball manicure has a subtle effect, but still turns heads,” she adds.

4. Amber Stone

 

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Up-and-coming nail artist with Nailing Hollywood Queenie Nguyen tends to the tips of A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Carey Mulligan, and Mandy Moore and her favorite nail trend for fall is amber stone. “The key to achieving the amber stone look is to mix a sheer tinted yellow with a sheer tinted brown,” she explains. “First, apply a sheer rustic yellow, then while the first layer is still wet, apply a sheer rustic brown. Don’t mix them together perfectly so you can create texture that mimics the stone. Subtle streaks make it more natural. Once dried, apply a coat of sheer yellow for depth. Add a gold metallic to the rim of the nail for a luxurious accent. You can sheer out regular shades by mixing it with a clear topcoat.

5. Pumpkin Spice Neutrals

 

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What would fall be without pumpkin spice everything? According to Exhale Spa lead nail technician, Theani Pena, fall hues will be all over nails this season and PSL fingertips will be crowding up your ‘gram.

6. Glitter Accents

 

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“We have a lot of clients starting to ask for glitter in a major way again, even when it’s not for NYE,” says Pena. When you just want to have a bit of fun with your nails, glitter is the way to go and it helps that there are about a bazillion glitter colors and speck sizes to choose from.

7. Monochromatic Nails

 

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“This season we are seeing a lot more freedom when it comes to new takes on classic nails, adds Pena. “We’re also loving the idea of mixing and matching nails, with black and white combos, or even a different color on each nail.”

8. Tortoise Shell

 

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According to Rita Pinto, founder of Vanity Projects, tortoise is a big global trend for fall. “It’s a move away from the jelly colors of the summer but still translucent and layered and reminiscent of fall tones. We are seeing a lot of mix and match with this look – half nail tortoise and the other a block color.”

9. Fall Florals

 

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Pinto also points out that floral tips with fall colors continues to be another trend, including a lot of French looks with florals on top. “We love how minimal or crazy this look can be,” she adds.

11. Flames

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“Flames keep burning strong and the looks vary in vibe, with different color choices or gradations inside the flames,” explains Pinto. “We also love a holographic flame – the look is strong and graphic and looks great on all nail shapes.”

12. Chipped Black

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Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon claims that black is the “it color” this season, but instead of perfectly polished digits, make them chipped. “The chipped or abstract nail trend – like this one seen at the Marc Jacobs show – is a simple nail art trend on clean nails or using negative space with nail art.

13. Abstract Painting

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“Abstract painting can be very artsy and cool if you use the right color combinations,” says Soon. “We were inspired by Rothko and we really nailed it with our choice of colors. Spreading nail polish to look like watercolor is difficult with a base color underneath, so it’s best to do it on a natural nail.”

14. Dotted Nails

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Art meets tech, Jin Soon style. To get the look, apple black dots on sheer nails with JINsoon Absolute Black, $18, then finish with JINsoon Top Gloss Top Coat, $18.

14. The French Manicure

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Celebrity nail artist and founder of Mazz Hanna Beauty, Mazz Hana, paints stars like Halsey, Julia Roberts, and Selma Blair on the reg and lately she’s been bringing back the original French manicure with white tips and sheer pink-nude shades. “It went from IG grids of Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin to the runways of Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung and what’s great about the French manicure is that it’s open to interpretation. You can play with the thickness of the white tips, the accent, and the color. You can also accent the lunula (the half-moon on the bottom of your nail) with different shades,” says Hanna. “I really like a skinny French tip for the fall.”

 

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15. Rose Quartz Marbled

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According to Hanna, the beginning of fall falls on libra season, which means it’s the season of love. “A pink marble nail inspired by rose quartz, the quintessential crystal of love helps you practice all forms of love, including self-love,” she says. To get this manicure, apply a single coat of a sheer pink polish, like ORLY Je T’aime, $10, then use a thin nail art brush and an opaque white nail polish to paint 2-3 imperfect squiggly lines on each nail. Take a dry flat nail art brush and clear nail polish to blend out each squiggly line to give it a blurred effect. Apply another layer of the sheer pink shade, and add glitter accents if you’d like. Finish with a topcoat. You can channel different crystals by simply changing the base color, like lavender for amethyst or golden yellow for citrine.

16. Chrome Nails

 

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According to Eliana Gaviria, nail technician and artist at Haven Spa in New York City, the chrome technique is completed by using a powder that’s rubbed onto the nail. “It comes in many colors and the result depends on the color base you use,” she explains. The only catch? The base color must be a solid color (no shimmers, no sheer, or glitter). Another tricky factor is that you have to use a non-rub topcoat to finish the manicure. While these might not be the type of tips you want to try at home – messy + powder + gel = a bad mix – they do look fierce AF when you get them done by a pro.

17. Negative Space

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This nail trend has been around for a while now and it’s still going strong, through the fall. Negative space nails are exactly what they seem like – patches of naked nail. “You can try this at home by doing a simple look with less lines,” says Gaviria. “Just get a thin brush to paint the thin lines on and have fun with your color combo!”

18. Neon Nails

 

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“It’s all about neon colors right now, which can be played with by having a multi-colored neon manicure, or using a matte topcoat which will give nails a rubber look,” says Gaviria. “A popular twist to the classic french is now neon tips.”

Now you have the trend, find which nail shape will flatter your hands the most.