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These Nail Designs Will Be Everywhere This Autumn

In case you hadn’t noticed, nails are in right now. In fact, the events of the past 18 months have had us expressing our creativity through nail designs in hundreds of different ways. Whether it’s via a nude, polished finish to make us feel pulled together, an array of rainbow brights to inject some joy into our day or something a little more artistic to serve as a creative outlet, we’re all turning to our nails as a way to make ourselves feel great.

This is theory is most applicable come autumn. As the days get shorter and the weather gets increasingly dark and dreary, finding the little ways to lift our spirits and make us feel good about ourselves should be prioritised. And so, autumn nail trends are, if you ask us, amongst the most important and monumental beauty trends of the year.

Autumn nail designs: @betina_goldstein

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@BETINA_GOLDSTEIN

So if you’re still not on the nail design hype, consider this a sign. Whether you’re after an understated finish, something chic and simple or something bold and out-there, there’s an autumn nail trend for you. 

To gear up for the season ahead, we’ve been turning to the fashion-girl nail pack to get a feel for the sorts of designs they’re embracing right now. Get your inspo boards ready—this is all of the autumn nail design inspiration you could possibly need (and some tools and products that can help you re-create the styles at home).

1. Dripping Polish

Autumn nail designs: Dripping polish

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@PARAGONNAILS

This is without a doubt the biggest (and if you ask us, the best) nail trend of the season. Currently on the nails of basically all of the chicest fashion types around, the drip manicure can be executed with whatever colours you like. For an understated look, opt for a nude base with a pastel drip, or if you’re feeling a little bolder, use two clashing colours like green and purple.

Essie Gel Couture Top Coat Nail Polish
Essie
Gel Couture Top Coat Nail Polish
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Jessica Custom Colour Yellow
Jessica
Custom Colour Yellow
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2. Waves and Swirls

Autumn nail designs: Intricate swirls

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@NAILARTBYQUEENIE

Retro waves are everywhere right now and can be incorporated into virtually every nail design around. If you’re trying it out for yourself and don’t have a particularly steady hand, try just one swirl. However, if you’re already a wiz with nail art or are heading into the salon, we couldn’t be more in love with this intricate green pattern. In fact, sage-green nails are definitely up there with our favourites for the season ahead.

Nailberry Minty Fresh Oxygenated Nail Lacquer
Nailberry
Minty Fresh Oxygenated Nail Lacquer
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Peacci Khaki
Peacci
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By Beauty Bay Rose Gold Glam All in the Deets Fine Liner Brush
By Beauty Bay
Rose Gold Glam All in the Deets Fine Liner Brush
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3. Reverse Skinny French

Autumn nail designs: reverse skinny french

Photo:

@HARRIETWESTMORELAND

The skinny French manicure hit the big time this year thanks to Harriet Westmoreland’s understated and chic designs, and for autumn, she’s switching things up—literally. We’re calling this style the reverse skinny French, and it involves using a very fine brush to create a small accent along the cuticle. And the best bit? You can use whatever shades you like. (Although, we’re all for this classic white-and-nude combo.)

Dior Base Coat Abricot
Dior
Base Coat Abricot
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Essie Nail Colour Blanc Nail Polish
Essie
Nail Colour Blanc Nail Polish
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4. Checkerboard

Autumn nail designs: Checkerboard

Photo:

@BETINA_GOLDSTEIN

If there’s one person who knows chic nail designs. it’s Betina Goldstein, and this style is no exception. In fact, we’ve seen her now-iconic checkerboard styles popping up on our feeds left, right and centre, and we want in. When mixing wintery hues with spring-like brights, a neat checkerboard makes for the ultimate autumnal style.

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Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection Nail Colour
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Seduction Collection Nail Colour
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5. Skinny Halo

Autumn nail trends: skinny halo

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@HARRIETWESTMORELAND

Taking the skinny mani to the next level, the skinny halo incorporates both a skinny French tip and a fine line across the nail bed to create a sort of halo effect. Either keep it all one colour or mix white with pretty pastels just like this. It’s the ultimate way to inject some sunshine into an otherwise dreary autumn day.

Nailberry Candy Floss Oxygenated Nail Lacquer
Nailberry
Candy Floss Oxygenated Nail Lacquer
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Nails Inc. 73% Plant Power 21 Free Vegan Nail Polish
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Rimmel Supergel Nail Polish Pop Princess Pink
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Supergel Nail Polish Pop Princess Pink
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6. Molten Metals

Autumn nail designs: molten metals

Photo:

@NAILS_OF_LA

While glitters and shimmers might be reserved for winter months, come autumn, it’s all about metallics. Embrace both the negative-space and drip trends by applying a metallic polish or gold leaf to the tips. We couldn’t be more in love with this if we tried.

Leevia 12 Boxes Foil Nail Art Chip
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12 Boxes Foil Nail Art Chip
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Mavala Cyber Chic Mini Colour Nail Varnish
Mavala
Cyber Chic Mini Colour Nail Varnish
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7. Setting Sail

Autumn nail designs: Setting sail

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@PAINTBOXNAILS

If you like your nail art to be understated but still appreciate designs that are a little different, the sailboat design might be for you. If you’re doing it at home, paint the whole nail one colour, wait for it to dry, and create a sail design using manicure guide stickers to create your shape.

Kiko Self-Adhesive Guides for French Manicures
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Essie Expressie Quick Dry Formula in Precious Cargo Go
Essie
Expressie Quick Dry Formula in Precious Cargo Go
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8. Retro Fun

Autumn nail designs: retro fun

Photo:

@IMARNINAILS

This season, it’s all about embracing fun, care-free beauty, and we’re seeing this most evidently in nail art. While flames, smileys and cherries might be difficult to execute by hand, shop around for nail wraps and stickers so that you can achieve salon-grade nail art at home with serious ease.

Ciaté London Stick-On Nail Stickers
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Ciaté London Cheat Sheets Nail Wrap Kit in Fun Fair
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9. Metallic Gradient

Autumn nail designs: Metallic Gradient

Photo:

@BETINA_GOLDSTEIN

While rainbow and ombré nails were everywhere this summer, this autumn upgrade gives nails a little more edge. Swap your summer brights for muted metallics and create a spectrum of shades on each hand.

Barry M Molten Metal Trio Bundle in Celestial Queen
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10. Abstract Pink and Red

Autumn nail designs: Abstract pink and red

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@BETINA_GOLDSTEIN

There are few things more classic than red nails come autumn. And if you consider yourself to be a big fan of the color but want to find a way to make it a little more fun, it’s time to go abstract. Create offset squares on a red base using pastel-pink tones for a modern-day twist on a classic look.

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The Angel Polish
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Next up, eight lesser-known nail trends that are going to be huge.

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