The Nail Files: All the Fall Nail Designs That Put a Twist on a Classic Manicure

The Nail Files: All the Fall Nail Designs That Put a Twist on a Classic Manicure


The arrival of the new beauty season brings an opportunity to start anew. In other words, it’s the perfect time to make subtle yet impactful beauty choices. Think transformative cuts, revitalizing color, or even a shift of one’s brow shape—all of which can be worn on their own or together for a seasonal refresh. But if there is one category that effortlessly helps welcome a new beauty chapter, it’s an artful manicure edit. And as for this month, one can ensure that there is certainly no shortage of options. 

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Fall nail designs inspirations

Fall is slated to be the nail season of subtle creativity. Take a cue from the recent revival of the popular mismatched manicure or the unexpected return of printed nails, but that’s not all. There are more seasonal designs that will reign supreme this fall. Below is a list of five manicure trends seen on celebrities that we’ve already begun charting.

Mismatched nails

mismatched manicure
Photo: SARAH HELUVIEE (via Instagram)

Take a break from a classic lick of polish because mismatched manicures are anything but basic — an idea echoed by different artists. Here, the design is all about a minimalistic play on pigment. Pro tip: Glazed neutral tones like honey and cocoa are perfect for the season. Achieve the look by layering a translucent coat.

Printed nails

hailey bieber serpent nails
Photo: HAILEY BIEBER (via Instagram)

The season’s biggest nail moment is all about the return of printed nails. As for this month? The category is teeming with different takes. Celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Rita Ora whipped up quite the statement with serpent-like designs. On the flip side, the nail department presented an updated take on the category with a tortoise shell-inspired entry.

Airbrush aura nails

aura manicure
Photo: ELI NAILS (via Instagram)

Aura Nails continues to prove its versatility this season. Ever the artist of manicure inspiration, Elina Jung introduced a fresh take on the design through the use of washed-out pastels. The artist airbrushed gradients of lavender, olive, clementine, and blush on selected nails. The result? A finish that perfectly captures the softness of an aura look.

Earth tones

earth tones nail art
Photo: ELI NAILS (via Instagram)

Amid the statement-making entries, soft earth tones remain to be a timeless touch. And while it’s a perennial manicure option every season, creating a renewed approach to the look is really the key to pulling it off. As for Elina Jung, a soft and blurred neutral tone won out the nature-inspired effect. The artist also adorned select nails with gem-like detailing and minimal metallic embellishments. 

Retro nails

retro manicure
Photo: BETINA GOLDSTEIN (via Instagram)

Of course, there are also statements that muse on age-old favorites as beauty references. For one, Betina Goldstein paid homage to the 1920s with a flick of a punchy red polish. The twist? The naked nail bed and the ultra-fine white micro-band across the top of the nail. As many beauty fans put it: it’s the minor details that have a major impact.

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