20 Cool Nail Designs
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!
1. DARK BACKGROUND + COLORFUL LEAVES
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
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
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
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
A touch of copper never gets old. Products used: “Jane”, “DeAnna”, and “Logan” by Julep.
16. FALL BRANCHES
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
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
Products used: OPI “Black Onyx” (base) and Glam Polish “Radiance” (leaves), topped with OPI’s matte top coat.