There are some colors that are indelibly associated with fall, like burgundy, berry, hunter green, and rust — the warm hues of the changing leaves and apple orchards. And those shades will always make for classic manicures. But just because they'll never go out of style doesn't mean you have to stick to them and them alone, and with some of our favorite fall nail art ideas, you definitely don't have to wear just one at a time.
With talented nail artists and celebrity-frequented salons sharing inspirational designs on Instagram every single day and beloved polish brands constantly cranking out stunning new colors, there's no shortage of manicure ideas to add to your to-do list for fall nails — including ones you'll feel confident doing yourself.
"My [Instagram] Explore page is filled with abstract manicures where every look is unique and perfected in its own way or very simple, classic looks with a twist, such as a French manicure using neon colors," nail artist Amy Le previously told Allure.
"Lines and dots are the easiest DIY art to create as long as you have the right tools," nail artist Elle tells Allure. "Essentials are toothpicks to create dots, makeup sponges for marbling, and a thin eyeliner brush or paintbrush to create stripes."
Here, you'll find unexpected ways to wear both timeless shades and unexpected shades, as well as DIY-friendly designs and — should you feel ready to head back to your favorite nail salon — intricate styles that call for a professional touch.
Keep scrolling for the looks you'll love to see peeking out of the sleeves of your favorite oversized sweater.
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If ever there was a time to try some statement nail art, it’s now. Salons have officially re-opened post-pandemic, and while we spent much of the past year perfecting our DIY designs, we didn’t quite achieve the same artistic finesse as the pros do with our old eyeliner brushes and bobby pins. What’s more, we’re sure you’ll agree that fancy nail art has some serious mood-boosting potential, and after a year spent indoors, we’re taking all we can get.
So, what kind of nail art are we talking? This season, brights are taking over, with uplifting shades like acid yellow, lime green and hot pink, while subdued pastels can sit this one out. There are plenty of ways to incorporate said brights, too.
Take an out-out approach like this one, designed by our nail crush Marianne Theodorsen, who decorated her nails with cheery rainbows, rhombus checkerboards, multicolour squiggles, and a sunshine on her thumb. The result is a joyful smorgasbord of mini pick-me-ups scattered across her nails that we guarantee will receive endless compliments at every pub garden catch-up.
After something more toned down? Nod to the brights trend with subtle accents, instead. Style creator and tattoo artist, Soph Floyd has nailed it (see what we did there?) with this neon Frenchie using a tennis ball green polish.
We’re just as obsessed with this peekaboo nail design by Paintbox, featuring a bandeau of aero green that is “like wearing a crop top on your nails”. It’s a mood.
Ombre designs are also proving popular. Eve Meets Nails has blended the trend down and across her fingertips to form an ombre and gradient rainbow mani. So. Cute.
And I Love My Mani painted her nails in seven different pastel and bright hues, finishing with this pretty tie-dye/ombre effect.
Metallic manis are another option we’re big fans of. Consider this the champagne of nail shades – bright, bubbly and celebratory. It’ll look even better in the sunshine, too.
The choices really are endless, and we all know the fear that comes with committing to a nail design. So, to help you on your quest, consider this your go-to for the very best nail art out there, and trust us when we say that whichever you go for, you’ll have everyone asking where you got your nails done. Enjoy.
Want more nail ideas? Check out our guide to acrylic nails and the best at-home gel nail kits, as well as our favourite nail polish shades.
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Call your favorite manicurist and round up your whole entire squad, because it's time to get the nails done RIGHT. From ombre fades and cool graphics to the s French tips that are making a comeback, we've got every single nail trend on your feed right here in one place. Oh and btw, you might want to start saving these cute nail designs for later, because there are waaaay too many ideas to choose from.
Check out the best-of-the-best nail art trends that the most manicure-obsessed celebrities (read: Kylie Jenner, James Charles, and Billie Eilish) can't stop wearing.
Megan Thee Stallion
Hot Girl Sh*t isn't just the fit–it's the hair, the glam, and, yes, also the nails. Offsetting her turquoise outfit, Megan flaunted the sickest Barbie pink nails. They're super long and covered in tiny little 3D bows. This mani is truly a work of art.
Megan Thee Stallion
This week, Megan Thee Stallion went Instagram official with her new bf in a photo dump that is making me feel incredibly single. Among the couple shots, was a killer manicure that deserves to be appreciated. Elevating a plain black nail, Megan added white detailing for a graphic, pop art type of look. V into that.
Millie Bobby Brown
Like literally every single other trend worn in , French tip manis are back again. Millie, ever the fan of '00s style, elevated the look with her own personal twist. She went low-key on the tips, with a translucent shade of ivory, then added rhinestone studs for a bit of glitz.
Of all the statement nails on this list, no one pulls off a coordinated look quite like Billie Eilish. Every time the girl steps on a red carpet, her claws are focal point instead of an afterthought. For the Billboard Music Awards, the singer got herself a custom paint job. She mimicked the sage green florals of her outfit on inches-long coffin nails. Its – and I cannot stress this enough – a look.
A new fiance, new nails, and a new song – this year's really coming up Demi. The singer showed off a butterfly-covered French manicure on IG Stories that's got me itching for the nail salon. In the caption, she shared that it was inspired by a song she's currently working on. "Guys I'm writing a song called butterfly rn," she wrote.
Millie Bobby Brown
Wow, ok, I know what my next manicure will be: a recreation of this adorable manicure. Millie Bobby Brown got in on the super-modern jelly nails trend, accenting her see-through tips with teeny white butterflies.
Watch out, Kylie Jenner, James Charles is coming for your crown. The beauty vlogger has been rocking some A-level manis lately, the latest being these 3D nude nails. James took the most basic neutral shade and made it as extra as possible, with the Louis Vuitton logo.
For the first time in memorable history, Kylie Jenner is without her famous claws – and all it took was a pandemic. For quarantine, Kylie removed her coffin nails and is, instead, embracing a more natural-looking oval shape. She also went minimal on the nail art, with matte rainbow tips.
Kylie Jenner's Takashi Murakami Mani
When you've got that much canvas to work with, you've gotta go next-level with your nail game. Kylie covered her nails in Takashi Murakami's iconic smileys for a groovy look.
Kylie Jenner's Pink Ombre
Yes, this is an article dedicated to Kylie Jenner's nail art, thank you for noticing. French tips are officially back – along with literally every other '90s trend – but Kylie put her very own spin on it. This take feels so much cooler than your classic beige combo.
Kylie Jenner's Retro Rhinestone Nails
47 Nail Ideas for That You’ll Want to Try Immediately
Regular trips to the salon might be on pause at the moment, but it hasn't stopped an endless surge of nail ideas and designs popping up on Instagram—particularly ones that are easy to do yourself from the comfort of your own couch. While you could certainly spend your extra time indoors searching for them, we took it upon ourselves to do it for you and gathered up every single save-worthy nail trend to cross our feeds in the past few months.
From plenty of twists on the French manicure to DIY-able rainbow nails and velvet nails, there's something for every vibe, mood, and all different nail shapes here. Whether you plan on (safely) hitting up your local salon or want to paint your own nails at home, scroll on for the best nail ideas of
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30 Shockingly Easy Nail Designs You Can Totally Do at Home
Stepping out of the nail salon with a set of freshly painted nails can make you feel like a new person. There's nothing like a little pampering and a fresh mani to make you feel like your best self. But it can get expensive fast, especially if you opt for some nail art.
That's why we rounded up 30 of our favorite simple and easy nail designs that you can do at home (and probably with the nail colors you already own). We're not nail artists by any means, but luckily with these looks, that doesn't matter. Whether you want to rock a set of stars along your cuticles, a tonal gradient across all 10 fingers, simple glitter stripes, or a double French mani, you're sure to find a look (or three or four) that you love. See all of our favorite easy nail art ideas to DIY below.
Olive & June's nail stickers make for a unique and easy mani, and it's safe to say we're impressed.
Who doesn't love a classic red manicure? The simple star accent on the ring finger takes it to a whole other level. Pick up this Piece Nail Art Brush Set ($8), or any similar set, to achieve stars and many other details you'll find in this roundup.
Play up your bare nails with a swipe of gold at the tips. Try a chunky metallic shade like L'Oréal's Colour Riche Nail Gold Dust ($9).
In this case, less is definitely more. We love the simplicity of these neutral nails with a thin white stripe down the middle.
We love a good pastel nail look, and having multiple shade options is even better. Mirror the color order on each hand for a polished nail art look that doesn't require any tricky precision.
This nail art is almost too easy. Use a thin gold polish like FingerPaints' Striping Polish in He-Art of Gold ($3), swipe it down the center of your nails, apply a top coat, and you're good to go. The design above features stripes overtop half-painted nails, providing inspiration for a way to make your mani last longer as it grows out.
Teal and Gold
Teal and metallic gold collide in this chic design. Try a shade like Essie's Go Overboard ($9) when recreating this look.
You've probably seen polka-dot nails before, but this one creates a new layer of fun. Pick a few colors to create a bunch of tiny dots all around bare nails—variation and overlap are all part of the fun here.
The colored stripes make this neutral mani fun and interesting, while remaining simple enough for both execution purposes and more conservative settings. Nail stripe stickers can make achieving this look even easier.
The impact of this manicure far outweighs the time it takes to achieve it. No metallic or color combo is off limits with this simple, chic style.
The contrast between the yellow base and blue dots really makes this look from Paintbox pop. These dots are 3D, but a contrasting polish will also provide a bold impact if you're not looking to shop for extra baubles.
An easy nail art hack? You can use a toothpick to create different-sized dots like the ones in this Chillhouse manicure.
Spice up your summery white mani with a strip of metallic blue. We love China Glaze's Nail Lacquer in Can You Sea Me? ($8).
Purple on purple totally works here. Different shades of the same tone are always a good choice for a polished, understated take on nail art.
The unique color combo is what drew us to this two-toned nail design, and achieving the look is as simple as letting your first shade set, then applying the second diagonally across half the nail. The baby blue reminds us of Essie's Bikini So Teeny ($9).
Sprinkle of Glitter
Get this sparkly yet understated look by using a sponge to press on glitter from the lower left corner, tapering into nothing. Set with a clear coat and bam—instant party nail art.
We're totally here for this twist on the two-tone manicure. Each nail is a little bit different, which keeps things interesting.
A Sleek Swoop
Shift your French tip to the corner of your nail for a modern take on the classic manicure. Stick with a pastel shade or go bolder with bright rainbow hues.
Black and White
If you're not a fan of bright colors on your nails, this easy nail art idea is a stunning choice. We love how the thin black stripe adds dimension to the white base, creating a design that's super versatile.
This simple pastel mani got a major upgrade. Add a triangle of tonal foil to your go-to nail polish shade to emulate this beautiful style.
Nail Wave Nouveau
Throw in a curve to give a half-and-half mani a playful twist. Stick to all one shade as a base, or skip it in favor of a clear base coat for a negative-space moment that will make everyone positively jealous.
Negative Space Stunners
If you want to rock a head-turning manicure but don't have the patience to sit and paint all your nails, consider this black and white half-and-half mani that confines the color to just two nails. Recreate the look using striping tape to trace clean lines for your base color, then finish with dots of contrasting black or white polish.
Polka Dot Party
We've shown you plenty of variations on this theme, but there's still room for a classic polka dot pattern in your easy nail art arsenal. If you look closely, these delicate dots are actually specks from a confetti polish—all the better to make a fun look even easier.
Your nails can look like an actual piece of Yayoi Kusama's modern art with minimal effort. Simply start with a bright, dandelion-yellow base, then finish with black dots in varying sizes—no need to stress about uniformity here.
Embellished French Tips
Here's another option for all the French manicure lovers out there. Adorn the center of the nail with whatever design you want. The witchy decals in this mani are making us long for Halloween all year long.
If you're not one to get crafty with intricate nail art ideas but still crave an eye-catching design, check out this gradient option. With a different blue shade on each nail, it's a dreamy contrast we can't stop staring at. If you're not sure which shades of blue will pair well together, take the guesswork out of the equation and use Olive & June's Blue Jeans Kit ($40).
Daisies are giving us serious mid-'90s, Cluelessvibes—your nails will be the envy of everyone you flash with the "Whatever" hands. This example uses a few negative space designs underneath the daisies, but you can go as simple or complex as you want and be sure the flowers will shine.
This look will require a striping brush, but it's still super simple to recreate. Just dip your brush into the burnt-red shade of your choice, then gently paint a squiggle from one corner of your nail to the other, being careful not to overlap as you add the other two.
Add a boost of joy to your solid mani with some easy nail art that smiles back. The eyes on this Chillhouse design are purposefully squiggly, so there's no need to worry about perfectly straight application.
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