Fall nail polish colors rank high on our list of how to best transition from summer to fall, including adding pumpkin to everything, baking GF apple crisp from the apples we gathered at the orchard, and breaking out our chunky sweaters (even if the weather doesn’t *quite* demand it—yet). So what color nail polish is in for fall? We’ve got the breakdown and #nailspo for you.
By: Nicolle Mackinnon
Updating my nail color has become a self-care ritual for me and I love nothing more than trying a new hue, especially one that gets me excited about the transition to fall. This season, we’re seeing a continuation of some of the summer nail trends, with the anticipated move towards darker, moodier shades. Ready for what’s hot in nail colors for fall? Let’s go.
IN THIS POST:
- Matte manis
- Coffee break: Browns and taupes
- Dive deep: Dark red or navy
- Grayed out
- Glazed donut nails
- Emo French
- Exclusive discount codes to save
- Common questions about nontoxic fall nail polish
Fall nail polish colors 2023
Skip the shimmer or shine and go MATTE this fall. It’s a chic way to update any color you have on hand without a big investment—you just need a matte top coat. And they look gorg, IMO.
TOG’s matte manis picks
1. Olive & June Matte Top Coat with Tip Your Barista | $9 2. Dazzle Dry Mattify Top Coat | $20 3. Olive & June Matte Top Coat | $9
RELATED: The best nontoxic nail polish brands (and how to choose the one for you).
Coffee break: browns and taupes
Are you a pumpkin spice latte type? Do you like an espresso shot with honey? Is a chai latte as close as you get to coffee? Wear your hot-drink preferences on your nails with dark browns, neutral taupes and any creamy shade in between.
TOG’s coffee break picks
1. Dazzle Dry Pawn | $22. 2. Olive & June Tip Your Barista | $9 3. Cote No. 122 | $18 4. Olive & June Coffee Milk | $9
Dive deep: navy or red
Dark, grungy colors are in for this fall, as we’re still riding the 90s nostalgia wave. Navy, dark red, black and gunmetal are all on the grunge scale while still being elegant and totally wearable. Pair with your fave black jeans, chunky boots and a flannel.
TOG’s deep dive nail color picks
1. Dazzle Dry Gambit | $22 2. Olive & June Lipstick Stain | $9 3. Cote No. 77 | $18 4. Kure Bazaar Parisienne | $18
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Nails to match Lisa’s hair? Don’t mind if I do. Gray is always chic (I still think my all-time favorite nail polish is that gray-beige from a few years back), but this season, we’re seeing cool-toned grays ranging from near black to blue-gray being swiped on digits across the globe.
TOG’s grayed out nail color picks
1. Dazzle Dry Affluent | $22 2. Olive & June Scattered Showers | $9 3. Cote No. 99 | $18 4. Kure Bazaar Smokey | $18
Glazed donut nails
Have you seen this shiny, shimmery trend allllllll over your social media? Sure they kinda scream summer, with their pastel or bright color palette, but the slick nails look isn’t going anywhere soon. Sure, you can achieve the Hailey Bieber-pioneered look with a shimmery color, but a glazed top coat gives you more bang for your buck: put it on top of any color you currently have to copy the look.
TOG’s glazed donut nail color picks
1. Olive & June Nail Brightener | $14 2. Dazzle Dry Spiritual Diva | $22
French manicures aren’t going anywhere, but they’re taking an emo angle for fall. Think your classic French tipped nail but in shades of blue and black, on long, almond-shaped nails. And you can pull it off without going full Elvira, trust me.
TOG’s emo french nail color picks
1. Olive & June E+M | $9 2. Dazzle Dry Bold | $22 3. Cote No. 76 | $18 4. Kure Bazaar Kale | $18
Exclusive discount codes for TNK readers
- Code THENEWKNEW will save you 20% off all Olive & June systems (including Mani, Pedi & Complete Systems).
- Code TNK15 will save you 15% on your first order of Kure Bazaar polish at The Detox Market.
- Code NEWKNEW will save you 15% sitewide at Dazzle Dry.
What fall nail trends will be your go-to?
Common questions about nontoxic fall nail polish:
The best nontoxic nail polish brands: Côte, KURE BAZAAR, Olive & June, Sally Hansen and Dazzle Dry. Learn more about them here.
Matte manis, browns and taupes, dark red or navy, grays, glazed donut nails and emo French. Learn more here.
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MarisOctober 30, 2020
Hi! How clean is Londontown, both nail polish and the “Kur” serie (bascoat ect)???
LisaNovember 16, 2020
Hi Maris! I personally love how Londontown preforms..it’s so good. There are cleaner but it’s still pretty clean compared to nail polish gen pop ; )
NGNovember 3, 2020
Check out Sienna Byron Bay polishes. Love.
LisaNovember 16, 2020
Thanks girl! I have them! xo, Lisa
DeAnnaDecember 18, 2020
Suggestions on what to do with old lesser clean polishes?
LisaDecember 20, 2020
Hi DeAnna! I would recommend checking out your city or town’s paint pickup schedule. Most towns host that a couple of times a year and I believe they will take nail polishes too!
AmySeptember 13, 2022
Thank you for this list so appreciate it. I would appreciate more warm colors be presented.