A harsh reality has set in: It's no longer hot enough for sipping fróse on outdoor patios in our favorite breezy dresses or denim shorts. Fall is in full swing, and our vibe for the next few months is the warmer and cozier, the better. The same goes for our beauty routine — especially our nails.
The splashy neons and soft pastels we've taken to the beach this summer have officially been phased out by warm, vampy shades, but we aren't complaining. There's something undeniably chic about pairing the perfect burgundy, cinnamon-brown, or army-green polish with a hot cup of spiked cider and your favorite oversized sweater. It's the finishing touch on any autumnal beauty look.
The pros are embracing fall-friendly shades, so we asked them for their favorite dark nail polishes to get you in the spirit. Check them out, ahead.
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KB Shimmer Wine Not? Nail Polish
Committing to one single nail color is tricky enough, but with this KBShimmer shade, you don’t have to be married to a flat tone. “This is a shade-shifting color,” celebrity nail artist Tracylee Percival tells us. “It changes colors depending on how the light hits it.” In fact, this formula has hints of wine, copper, gold, and green. "All of these shades are fall-friendly and look great on all complexions," she says. "I love how I never know what the dominant color will be when I am wearing this."
kb shimmer KBShimmer Wine Not Nail Polish, $, available at
OPI Nail Polish in Things I've Seen In Amber-Green
Percival also loves pulling this shade out as soon as the temps drop. "This is a creamy, forest-green shade that reminds me of apple picking and hiking," she says. The formula is super opaque, and two thin coats of color are all you need for a bold manicure.
OPI OPI Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, $, available at
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Spill The Wine
A glass of merlot is much more satisfying when you’re holding it with twinning fingertips — and Deborah Lippmann has a perfect match. “This is a beautiful berry shade that will look great with jewel-toned clothing as the season changes,” Lippmann says.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Spill The Wine, $, available at Sephora
Pear Nova Gel Lacquer in After Party
Black nail polish is a manicure staple, but it’s easy to get bored after a week or so. In that case, opt for an onyx polish that has some oomph. Professional nail artist Charlyne Muhammad likes this new Pear Nova formula, which has a charcoal base with flecks of holographic shimmer.
Pear Nova Gel Lacquer In After Party, $, available at
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice
A fall color palette would be incomplete without a shade of pumpkin spice. Paintbox founder Eleanor Langston says this brick-colored polish has been in high demand. “It’s reminiscent of the rust and cinnamon shades of fall foliage,” she says. “It has warm undertones that go well with the textures of the seasonal wools, cashmere, and suedes.” In short — it goes with every outfit, therefore we need it.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice, $, available at Paintbox
OPI Nail Polish in Malaga Wine
For the September issue of Allure Magazine, celebrity manicurist Bachik painted Selena Gomez's nails in OPI's Malaga Wine, a warm burgundy shade that'll pop against your cream-colored sweaters this season.
OPI OPI – OPI Nail Polish, Malaga Wine, $, available at Walmart
OPI Nail Polish in Fall-Ing Milan
Think of this cream-colored OPI polish as a chai latte for your fingertips. Darlene Sritapan, licensed nail technician and OPI's North America Education & Capability Manager, says that it's her go-to when chilly weather rolls around. "It's the perfect neutral shade with just a hint of shimmer," she says. "It complements all of my fall outfits."
OPI OPI Nail Polish, Milan Nail Lacquer Nail Polish Collection, $, available at Amazon
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Noir
Bachik also gave this sleek Chanel burgundy lacquer his "fall flavor" stamp of approval. It's a versatile shade to add to your collection since it's moody worn alone, but instantly turns festive when paired with a shimmery metallic accent nail.
Chanel LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Noir, $, available at Chanel
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