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These 2021 Fall Nail Colors Will Make Your Hands Look Fabulous

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Fall is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to start thinking of dreamy 2021 fall nail colors. With our calendars once again being filled up with weddings, family outings, and dinners, women have been inspired to switch up their nail colors to get themselves in the fall spirit. After all, there is no better excuse than the fall leaves morphing from green to gold than to get a fresh manicure.

When it comes to fall, there is no shortage of rich colors and textures that you can try. From Navy Blue, Oxblood, Maroon, silver to nude polishes — you’ll want to wear these chic colors all season. Scroll on to find the best 2021 fall nail colors for September 2021 and beyond.

1. Mocha

It’s time to grab your nail polish remover and ditch your summer manicure in favor of this mocha shade. We can’t get enough of this ultra-flattering color! The cozy cinnamon-brown hue makes it perfect for any fall activity.

Olive & June Nail Polish – JJ

Olive and June JJ Nail Polish

What women love about this nail polish:This is my second bottle of JJ and it is particularly beautiful to wear in the fall. Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m already getting my fall favorites gathered up!! You must try it! I highly recommend this lovely nail polish! I am fair skinned but it would look beautiful on any skin tone!

2. Burgundy

This red wine hue is a perpetual fall favorite. It’s sophisticated yet attention-grabbing, which makes it an amazing day-to-night polish. You can go the extra mile by pairing your burgundy polish and lipstick for a matchy-matchy look.

OPI Nail Lacquer – Malaga Wine

What women love about this nail polish: “Beautiful color. I absolutely LOVE THIS COLOR!!! I use this color all the time no matter what! It is my go-to color and I always get compliments. It is a beautiful rich color! Fall is approaching and everyone needs a go-to fall nail color and Malaga wine is just that!

3. Yellow

Yellow may be one of the most surprising hues on this list, but a lot of nail experts say that this will be one of the trendiest 2021 fall nail colors. This happy hue will literally be everywhere.

You can always rely on yellow polish to seamlessly transition from summer to fall.

It is also one of the best fall nails for dark skin. The creamy bright yellow will look amazing against melanated complexions.

Essie Nail Polish – Check your baggage

Essie check you baggage nail polish

What women love about this nail polish: “Gorgeous color and really good coverage. It goes on well and smoothly and doesn’t chip too easily which is great! Even the design of the bottle is super cute! I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

4. Silver

Though silver shimmery shades are more traditionally reserved for winter, they’ll be particularly popular this fall. You can use a silver polish as a topper on nude nails for a chic twist, or you can have them all over your bare nail to add texture. Just picture how pretty this hue will sparkle when it captures the light at evening events!

Trust me, you’re guaranteed to get a ton of compliments.

Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish – Set in Stones

Essie Set in stones nail polish
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What women love about this nail polish:Set in Stones is my favorite silver glitter polish! This is the 2nd bottle I’ve purchased because I use it so much, it goes well with a lot of my polish colors.

5. Navy Blue

For anyone trying to make a fashion statement this fall, opt for a Navy Blue shade. Wear this with a Navy blazer and gold jewelry for instant elegance. It’s classy enough to dress up any work outfit.

Zoya Nail Lacquer – Jen

What women love about this nail polish:I purchased my first Zoya polish in the color Jen (a blue color with a hint of purple). The application brush is perfect. The consistency of the polish is perfect. It is a thinner consistency so it will take 2 or 3 coats to get super full coverage. I love this color, it is a stunning blue color. The description says there is a hint of purple. I personally don’t see that but I don’t mind because the blue is so stunning.

Related post: How to Wear a Blue Blazer and Add a Refreshing Pop to Your Outfit

6. Pumpkin Orange

As summer comes to an end, it’s easy to feel a sense of sadness. But with a pumpkin orange manicure, you will cheer up instantly.

Go for a color that perfectly captures your love for pumpkin spice lattes — it will surely brighten up your fall outfits. Not to mention it’s the perfect shade for pumpkin picking and carving season.

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish – Suzi Needs a Loch-smith

What women love about this nail polish:I got this OPI nail polish because of the burnt orange color, and it’s really beautiful in and out of the bottle! What I liked: Beautiful color, thick brush to help the nail polish go on smooth, you don’t need a second coat but it’s more vibrant if you use one and it dries relatively quickly. It’s a perfect transition from summer to fall.

7. Vampy Purple

Sweater weather calls for a vampy purple manicure. This traditional fall color will surely turn heads.

And if you are looking for fall nail colors for pale skin, this tried-and-true classic purple will look especially nice on your fair skin.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color – Zip Wine

What women love about this nail polish:Perfect! Love how quickly this nail polish dries, perfect for moms to have a quick polish between naps! And the color is fabulous!

8. Olive Green

While pastel green reigned this past summer, dark olive green shades are set to dominate this fall. In a Bustle article, Hellen Philips, the national makeup artist at Sephora Collections, explained that “shades of olive, seaweed, as greens to go for this fall.”

China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners – Celebri-Tree

What women love about this nail polish: “Celebri-tree definitely has a huge “Wow” factor.” It’s a truly unique shade that really looks like the needles of a Christmas tree. But it’s not a polish that’s limited to just the Christmas season. It’s versatile. In the spring, it looks a lot like lush, green grass and would be perfect for nail art. The formula is flawless. This nail polish applies so smoothly and easily – even for manicure novices like me. I very highly recommend Celebri-tree. Do not hesitate to buy this polish. You’ll be so happy to add it to your nail polish collection!

9. A Not-So-Basic-Red

A classic red is a year-round staple, but this fall put a spin on a basic red with a sparkling glow.

Orly Nail Lacquer – Star Spangled

What women love about this nail polish:The most beautiful red polish I have ever seen. very delicate slight sparkle doesn’t fade with time or change color. stays true to the color in the bottle, lasts a long, long time.

10. Somber Nudes

If you are not quite ready to try the traditional chocolate browns, purples, or oranges, then you will fall in love with this somber nude. The semi-sheer nude color is minimalism at its finest.

Orly Breathable Nail Color – Nourishing Nude

What women love about this nail polish: I purchased this because of its breathability. I bought the Nourishing Nude which is the perfect touch for a clean, natural, non-fussy look. As others mentioned this is different than regular polish I notice, it is more pliable and so at least with this nude color, I don’t see the usual chips and peeling I normally would have within a few days. I just don’t have time to keep up with regular polishing so this is perfect! Exactly what I hoped for. Fuss-free.

As fall starts to creep in, switching up your fall beauty routine is always a good idea. And what better to start your new routine than trying these 2021 fall nail colors!

You may be thinking about all the changes you want to make to your nails, but the seasonal transition from summer to autumn also means it’s finally time to update the color of your hair.

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2021 fall nail colors
2021 fall nail colors


Hi! My name is Temwa and I have an obsession with all things lifestyle. Whether it's home decor, classy fashion, beauty products, or gift ideas -- you will find me writing about those topics. When I'm not sitting at my laptop, you will find me making press-on nails over the weekend!