Fall is finally here, although you wouldn’t necessarily know it by the temperature reported on your weather app. It’s time for cozy sweaters, plaid scarves, and leather booties, and you can start getting into the spirit of the season by updating your manicure with the latest fall nail colors. Now’s the perfect time to transition from the pastel polishes you wore this summer to deeper, moodier shades.
While you can’t go wrong with pumpkin orange or maroon nails—after all, finding inspiration in nature is never a bad thing—there are so many more unexpected nail polish colors to try this fall. From retro-inspired neutrals to shimmering metallics to exotic jewel tones, there are no shortages of eye-catching shades to paint your fingertips. Here are a few unexpected fall nail colors you’ll want to add to your collection before your next DIY manicure or trip to the salon.
For the last few years, dark blue has been a popular polish pick for colder weather manicures. This year, the grunge-like shade goes glam with flecks of glitter, shimmer, and sparkle.
Try: Essie Aruba Blue
Less severe than black, charcoal gray is a modern choice for a similarly edgy manicure. Play up the punk factor by painting your nails with a metallic silver or go more neutral with a less shimmery granite.
How do you transform nude nails from middle-of-the-road to modern? By choosing opaque instead of sheer shades. This fall’s creamy beige polishes have a retro ’70s vibe that look totally trendy on short tips.
Try: OPI Samoan Sand
Seafoam green is usually associated with summer, and evergreen brings to mind Christmas, but this fall, all shades of green are fair play. Pick a polish that best compliments your skin tone, whether that’s army green or a turquoise-based teal.
From navy shimmer to different shades of green, these are just a few fall nail colors to consider for your next manicure.