35 Cool Nail Designs to Try This Fall

Summer is going by so fast, but part of us is looking forward to all those little things that come with the autumn season: crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters, leather jackets, steamy beverages, and of course, pumpkin-flavored everything.

When it comes to nail trends, fall is all about going dark and bold. Darker shades of brown, green, purple, and red are popular choices for fall nail art. September 23 is almost here, so it’s time to swap out our bright, summery nail colors for moodier ones. Our list will give you plenty of chic nail design ideas. Enjoy!

Cool Nail Designs for Fall

1. Dark Background + Colorful Leaves

Fall Nail Design for Short Nails

Source: @just1nail

This nail design makes us excited to see summer go!

2. Glitter Gradient Design

Update a boring nude base with a sparkly gradient effect. The glitter nail polish is SinfulColors in “Pumpkin Spice”. The shade is very similar to China Glaze’s “Electrify”.

3. Copper Glitter Design

Products used: SinfulColors “Black on Black”, Julep “Jane” and Sally Hansen “Invisible”.

4. Glitter & Leaves

Glitter and Leaves Fall Nails

Source: @narmai

It’s time to say bye-bye to your favorite summer hues! Products used: Picture Polish “Malt Teaser” and China Glaze “I’m not Lion”. Use acrylic paint for leaves.

5. Gradient Nail Design

The neutral base is Loaded Lacquer in “No Shirt”, the leaves were created using acrylic paint and topped with Seche Vite’s dry fast top coat. The gradient effect is topped with China Glaze’s “Golden Enchantment”.

6. Pumpkin Accent Nail

Pumpkin Accent Nail

Source: @just1nail

To get the look, apply one coat of China Glaze’s “Zombie Zest”, then draw a pumpkin on your accent nail using acrylic paints.

7. Acorn Nail Design

There is no fall without acorns. The base nail polish is Revlon Parfumerie “Balsam Fir”. The best part? It has an irresistible scent!

8. Colorful Leaves + White Background

Colorful Leaves Nail Art Design

Source: @ane_li

Use a nail art brush and acrylic paint for leaves. The base nail polish is Essie in “Sand Tropez”. Finish the look with OPI’s matte top coat.

9. Sunflower Nail Design

Products used: OPI “Over the Taupe” (thumb and ring finger), OPI “Black Cherry Chutney” (index and pinkie finger) and China Glaze “I Herd That” (middle finger).

10. Sequins + Fall Tree

Pair a sparkly base with an autumn tree for an ultimate fall nail design. The base nail polish is Essie in “Hors d’Oeuvres”.

11. Fall Nail Tips

If you are a beginner, practice the leaf shapes on paper first.

12. Brown & Copper Glitter Design

Products used: SinfulColors “Leather Loose” (deep brown base), Glitter Lambs “Pumpkin Bread” (glitter over brown base), and Glitter Lambs “Pumpkin Spice” (ring finger).

13. Colorful Leaves

Feeling bold? Try this nail shape and design.

14. Sequins + Bright Leaves

The base nail polish is OPI DS “Classic”. To recreate the leaves, use these products: Zoya “Nicole” (orange), Revlon “Autumn Spice” (brown), and Color Club (yellow).

15. Burgundy & Copper Design

Burgundy and Copper Nail Design

Source: @amvpnails

A touch of copper never gets old. Products used: “Jane”, “DeAnna”, and “Logan” by Julep.

16. Fall Branches

Fall Branches Nail Art

Source: @phenomenail

A nude base will make your fall design really pop!

17. Falling Acorns

This acorn design will definitely put you in a fall-y mood. Products used: Love & Beauty “Beige” and Mentality “Matte Top Coat”. To paint the acorns, use a nail art brush and acrylic paints.

18. Red & Yellow Leaves

Red and Yellow Leaves Nail Art

Source: @onailart

Dark, vampy manicure is a must-try, especially in fall.

19. Burgundy Matte Nails

In fall, nail art addicts like to experiment with matte finishes. Products used: Essie “Set in Stones”, “Swing Velvet” and matte topcoat.

20. Matte Copper Leaves

Matte Copper Leaves Nail Art

Source: @cottonconey

Products used: OPI “Black Onyx” (base) and Glam Polish “Radiance” (leaves), topped with OPI’s matte top coat.

21. Ombre Nail Design

To make this ombre effect, you will need a sponge. Wet the sponge and paint three stripes of nail polish (red, orange and yellow). Apply your base coat. Then put the sponge on your nail for 15 seconds. Repeat for each nail. Finish with top coat.

22. Fall Flowers

In the mood for flowers? Give this design a try!

23. Dark Red Nails + Gold Glitter

Dark Red Nails with Gold Glitter

Source: @amvpnails

We’re obsessed with this simple and elegant look! A dab of gold glitter can turn any basic manicure into a work of art. The gold glitter nail polish is Painted Polish in “#PSL”.

24. Gold Leaves

Gold Leaves Fall Nail Art

Source: @jauntyjuli

Love this nail design? This tutorial  will show you how to recreate it:

25. Dark Matte Nail Design

Dark Matte Fall Nails

Source: @kgrdnr

This matte nail design is to dye for! Products used: Essie in “Shearling Darling” and “Shine of the Times”.

26. Fall Branches + Sequins

Gold sparkles and colorful leaves are the perfect pairing for fall nail design. The gold glitter nail polish is China Glaze “Stellar”.

27. Sparkly Fall Nails

Glitter gradients are super easy to do! Products used: OPI “Brilliant Idea” and Ciaté “Skinny Dip”.

28. Fall Tree Accent Nail

This gorgeous nude crelly shade is Noodles Nail Polish in “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice”.

29. Dark Purple & Gold Design

Products used: Barry M “Majesty” and Sally Hansen “Perfect Plum”.

30. Fall Landscape

This nail design looks hard to create but it’s actually pretty easy.

31. Orange, Green & Yellow Leaves

New to nail art? Use a toothpick to create the leaves.

32. Cute Fall Design

Cute Fall Nail Art Design

Source: @cottonconey

This nail design is so fun and unique – we love it! The base nail polish is OPI “My Vampire is Buff”.

33. Fall Gradient Nails

Fall Gradient Nails

Source: @judyrox

Products used: Sally Hansen “Choc it Up”, OPI “In my Back Pockets”, and OPI “Don’t Pretzel my Buttons”.

34. Nude Nails + Leaves

Nude Nails with Leaves

Source: @just1nail

Colorful leaves made these nude nails a whole lot cooler, right?

35. Sparkly Fall Nail Tips

This fall gradient design goes with everything! Products used: OPI “Are you Callin’ Me a Lyre?” (base), Julep “Love” (glitter gradient), and Seche Vite (top coat). Paint the leaves using a detail brush.

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5 thoughts on "35 Cool Nail Designs to Try This Fall"

  1. maribel says:

    Todas los diseños estan hermosos

  2. Samaddi says:

    I love ya’ll nails

  3. Pearie Bruder says:


  4. Lynn Ewen says:

    Where do you get the color Pumpkin spice?

  5. Monique says:

    Hi! Look for it at Walgreens, or online on Amazon or eBay.

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