Expect to see these shades all over your Instagram feed.

By Erin Lukas
Aug 20, 2020 @ 12:07 pm
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In my humble, honest, opinion, fall is the best season.

And before you start debating me, just hear me out: There's no humidity, which means you sweat less, hot coffee is once again seasonally appropriate, and wearing a thick, cozy sweater is honestly the next best thing to being wrapped up in a duvet.

Another reason why I love fall: The onset of sweater weather means changing my nail polish colors, too. Suddenly all of those neons and pastels I've been wearing during the summer don't feel right. Instead, I always find myself reaching for warm or muted colors because they have more of a fall vibe.

To get inspiration for my fall 2020 manicures, I turned to Julie Kandalec, celebrity manicurist and author of the new Nail Art Design Book, as well as Lisa Logan, consulting manicurist for Nails.INC and owner of The Nail Suite Harlem, to get the details on what shades are going to be trending this season.

Here, the 10 best nail polish colors to try this fall.

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Not-So-Basic Orange: Chanel Le Vernis in Cruise

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While bold shades are all the rage for summer manicures, Kandalec doesn't see the trend slowing down just because it's getting cooler out. Instead, she thinks bright colors will still have a moment this fall. "This orange shade will be a gorgeous transition color into pumpkin spice season," she says of Chanel's Le Vernis in Cruise.

To buy: $28; chanel.com.

Shapeshifting Purple: Lights Lacquer in Alexandrite

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Shifting, gem-inspired shades like Alexandrite by Lights Lacquer will be trending this season. "Alexandrite also brings luck and self-esteem — something we all can use a bit extra of these days!" says Kandalec. We can't argue with that.

To buy: $10; lightslacquer.com.

Rich Merlot: O.P.I Muse of Milan Nail Lacquer Collection in Complimentary Wine

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Want a dark, moody alternative to a black manicure? Look no further than a glass of your favorite merlot. No corkscrew necessary.

To buy: $11; ulta.com.

Rich Nude: Pear Nova Lacquer in Dianna Boss

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"Warm opaque nudes like Pear Nova's Dianna Boss are my go-to on set because they always look perfect," says Kandalec. While nude polish is a solid manicure option in any season, this 5-free formula has a high-shine finish that stays chip-free for days.

To buy: $10; pearnova.com.

Navy Blue: Nails.Inc 45 Second Speedy Gloss in Time For Trafalgar Square

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"When it comes to fall, people tend to wear darker tones and navy is dark enough to blend in, but still makes just enough of a statement to pop," says Logan. She suggests Nails.Inc's Time For Trafalgar Square. This long-wear formula is the world's fastest-drying nail polish, clocking in at 45 seconds.

To buy: $9; sallybeauty.com.

Pretty Peony: Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish in Peony Origins

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Not quite fuchsia, not quite pastel pink, this flower-inspired shade is the perfect in-between color. As for formula, it's 100% vegan and infused with plant-based ingredients.

To buy: $7; amazon.com.

Metallic Red: essie Nail Polish in Wrapped in Rubies

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While red is a classic nail polish that never goes out of style, upgrade your go-to shade with a metallic version such as essie's Wrapped in Rubies. This glossy shade is a favorite of Kandalec.

Toasty Brown: Olive & June Nail Polish in JJ

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Brown may have been the unexpected breakout nail polish color of summer 2020, but it's still going strong for fall. Who doesn't love a cozy color that goes with everything?

To buy: $8; oliveandjune.com.

Emerald Green: Orosa Pure Cover Nail Paint in Saguaro

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Consider ditching your black or navy nail polish for cool emerald green. Logan loves the shade for fall because it helps her feel grounded, and it's the "perfect subdued statement color," she says. This Orosa polish is one option, while Logan is a fan of the green polish in Nails.Inc's Don't Stop Be-Leafing Plant Based Nail Polish Duo, which also comes with a gold shade that can be layered on top for a metallic finish — another fall manicure trend.

To buy: $12; orosabeauty.com.

Vampy Glitter: JINsoon Nail Polish in Farrago

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At first glance, this sparkly JINsoon nail polish looks like black glitter. But in reality, it's actually a dark purple-red with flecks of gold glitter. Kandalec says the unexpected flash of gold makes the shade an instant favorite.

To buy: $18; jinsoon.com.