Pale pink isn't the only option.

By Erin Lukas
Sep 29, 2020 @ 10:48 am
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Right now, anyone who's in denial that fall is officially here is doing whatever they can to hold onto summer. Whether it's burning beachy coconut-scented candles while working from home or refusing to give up coral and pale pink nail manicures.

Even if you're not into pumpkin spice, there are other seasonal color schemes that just might turn you into a fall person...kind of.

Enter brown nail polish, a chic nail polish color that's equally, if not more, delicious than a PSL.

The Chic Nail Color Everyone Is Wearing This Fall
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With espresso, caramel, chocolate, and cinnamon tones to choose from, there's a brown shade for everyone, making it fall's new ″it" neutral. And celebs like Kate Hudson and Kim Kardashian, along with beauty influencers like Jessica Pettway are on board with the trend.

"Brown's rich and earthy tones make it very versatile, whatever your style may be," says CND brand ambassador and award-winning nail professional Winnie Huang. "There’s a little bit of classic, punk, and party in everyone’s style — and any shade of brown is definitely the perfect way to express that."

While you should always wear whatever nail polish color speaks to you, if you do want a brown shade that enhances your skin tone, Huang recommends looking to the jewelry you wear when sifting through all of the options.

"Is the jewelry in your collection more silver or gold? If gold, then you lean towards warmer tones; cooler tones if silver."

Ahead, inspiration for your own brown manicures, plus the best nail polish shades to DIY this fall nail trend.

The Best Brown Nail Polishes for Fall

Olive & June Nail Polish in JJ

Best Brown Nail Polish for Fall

This warm cinnamon would make an excellent transitional shade. If you're new to painting your own nails, Olive & June nail polish formula makes it easy. The formula is designed to apply smooth, streak-free color in just three strokes.

To buy: $8; oliveandjune.com.

Mented Cosmetics Nude Nail Collection in Brown & Bougie

Best Brown Nail Polish for Fall
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A rich brown manicure just screams sweater weather. If you're looking for a clean nail polish, Mented Cosmetics' formula is 10-free and vegan.

To buy: $8; mentedcosmetics.com.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Cold Brew Crew

The Chic Nail Color Everyone Is Wearing This Fall
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Painting your nails might not take that long, but waiting for them to actually dry down? That's hours out of your day. So if you manage to smudge your freshly painted nails no matter what, essie's Expressie nail polish dries in one minute flat.

To buy: $9; ulta.com.

CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish in Sweet Cider

Best Brown Nail Polish for Fall
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For a more subtle brown, try this apple cider-inspired shade from CND. This polish stays chip-free for up to seven days. No base coat or UV light required.

To buy: $7; beyondpolish.com.

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in Linger Over Coffee

The Chic Nail Color Everyone Is Wearing This Fall
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Just like the name, this deep brown OPI polish lingers. The formula rivals a professional gel manicure, staying shiny and chip-free for days.

To buy: $13; ulta.com.