Nail Art

32 Fall Nail Designs For 2022

Nails are always a great way to add color and design to an outfit without needing extra accessories — a good manicure is an accessory all on its own! We’re always in favor of fall classics like jewel tones or a vivid red, but this year also incorporates glitter, bold color, and fun patterns. Keep scrolling for our favorite fall nail designs for 2022.


Fall Nail Colors

Essie Transcend the Trend ($9)

This marine blue will remind you of the ocean on winter days where you’re wishing for summer, but it’s also deep enough to go with all your fall outfits.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mauv It

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mauv It ($6)

A flirty pink feels like a neutral, so it’ll go with multiple different outfits, but the sparkle makes it way more fun. Plus, we love how quickly this formula dries. By the time you finish your last nail, the ones you painted first are dry!

Sundays No.20

Sundays No.20 ($18)

This purple has just a hint of color, but it’s deep enough that it feels like an autumnal and sophisticated take on black.

Jin Soon Spiffy

Jin Soon Spiffy ($18)

Metallics are always a good idea for fall, and look amazing when paired with both glossy and matte solids.

ORLY Rehab

ORLY Rehab ($11)

This pick is great for anyone who loves polish but doesn’t like a ton of color. However, our favorite thing is that the formula is infused with argan oil, pro vitamin B5, and vitamin C to keep your nails healthy underneath the polish.

Sundays S.01

Sundays S.01 ($18)

Get a golden amber look that’s perfect for autumn with a metallic nail polish It’ll add some glam and warm up your look at the same time.

Color Camp Bright All Around Set

Color Camp Bright All Around Set ($64)

We love unexpected silhouettes, so swapping your normal French mani for one that highlights all the way around your nail is the perfect way to add just the right amount of color.

Chillhouse Wavy Baby 2.0 Tips

Chillhouse Wavy Baby 2.0 Tips ($16)

Carefree designs like these waves feel fresh and bold, but colors like the deep blue ground them for fall. Wear the whole set or add a new pattern into the mix to play with accent nails.

Fall Nail Design Inspiration

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Glossy French Tips

Play with textures by painting your entire nail with a matte top coat and adding a glossy version of the same color to the tips of your nails. It’s a barely there detail that really makes all the difference.

Half moon nails are the newest iteration of the French mani, and we’re obsessed with the artsy, modern look. “The half moon nail has become a go-to design over the past few months,” Wethrift trend expert Nick Drewe says. “The best thing about the nail design is that it can be incorporated into your individual style, you can go for a bold and daring color or opt for a neutral tone.”

Fall In Love

Tiny hearts are always in season as far as we’re concerned, and with the autumnal color palette, they look like they could be fall leaves! You can swap the colors each season to keep it on theme.

Patterns Galore

Do a different look on each nail to keep things interesting, but use the same handful of colors to tie the whole manicure together.

@heluviee

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Pearl Manicure

OPI polishes and chrome powder are the secret to getting this pearly mani, and we’re absolutely obsessed.

“Glass nails are back in full force. The technique created by nail artist Eun Kyung is going to be a huge hit this autumn,” he says Wethrift trend expert Nick Drewe. “The nail art involves applying shards of cellophane to the nails, which gives the illusion of shattered glass. You can customize the trend to make it unique to you – for example, try adding some chunky glitter for a fun festival vibe, apply a matte topcoat for a sophisticated look, or play around with different colors to create a rainbow effect.”

Van Gogh Inspo

Freeform shapes turn a regular manicure into something that’s extra artistic. Play with different widths and straight lines vs. curved lines for dimension.

Ghosted

Autumnal motifs like ghosts get an upgrade when paired with pink instead of black or orange. It’s a feminine and fun way to set your nails apart.

u200bPink Gingham fall nails

Image via ORLY

Pink Gingham

The key to making this nail art from Holly Falcone look like gingham instead of a regular checkered pattern is using two different shades of pink — like ORLY’s Cool in California and Fancy Fuchsia — to create the overlap.

@jesslizs

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Curves And Twirls

Adding your own designs to your nails can be a fun way to find out which shapes you like best on your nails. How do long curves look? What about short and wide ones? Get a small nail art brush to practice.

Skittles

This toned-down version of the skittles manicure gives us *all* the fall vibes. Bonus points if the colors you pick play into your fall wardrobe color palette.

Two-In-One

Turn regular shapes, like these French tips, into something spooky for an unexpected take on your go-to nail look.

@heluviee

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Smokin’ Hot

If you have a summer nail trend that you love, try recreating it with colors that are more autumnal for an updated version. These empty space nails become even more of a statement with a deep red polish.

purple shiny nails

Image via ORLY

An Ethereal State of Mind

Getting a plain mani can have dimension when you pick a shade that’s holographic or iridescent. Holly Falcone picked the ORLY shade Ingenue to create this Sugar Plum Fairy-approved look.

Tortoise shell

Give your manicure some visual dimension without relying on different top-coat textures by doing a multicolor look like this tortoiseshell mani. It’s chic, warm, and interesting without looking overwhelming.

Walk on the wild side with a zebra print mani. “Animal prints seem to be one of the hottest trends of the season,” Wethrift trend expert Nick Drewe says. “People are putting a spin on the classic leopard print nail, opting for a cow or zebra print and creating a printed french. For maximalists, we’re stepping away from the traditional cow and zebra print colors and going for a more daring color palette , of pinks, blues, purples and oranges.”

gold french tip manicure

The Perfect French Tips

To get the perfect French tip, use a small brush to draw an outline around the tips of your nails and then fill in the empty space with your regular polish brush. After it’s dry, you can use that same small brush to add any and every detail your heart desires. (Image courtesy of Bellacures)

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This post has been updated.

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