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Published on 08/10/23 10:08AM

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While summer is the season of vivid and bright hues, fall is all about neutrals. That’s not to say you can’t wear color during the cooler months of the year, but rather that it’s the perfect time to experiment with every shade of nude to see how each can accentuate your look. If the idea of wearing neutral clothing feels blasphemous (as a fellow dopamine dresser, I get it), consider playing around with your nail polish for a mani that coordinates with every outfit. To help you do so, ahead you’ll find over a dozen neutral nail ideas to try this fall—plus, ways to style them.

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Shades of Brown


Basically any shade of brown is a shoe-in for fall neutral nail art ideas. Here, you can see how a variety of nudes can melt together for a groovy result. The exact shades used to create this neutral mani are from the Peacci Nu Nudes Collection.

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Fans of oat milk nails and other minimalist designs can make a bold yet neutral autumn nail statement by opting for a high-contrast, grayish-beige polish shade. Here, the color in question is Gelcare’s UV/LED Colour ($20) in the shade Dunes.

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Dark Roast


Neutral nails don’t have to be pale. Here, you can see how opting for rich, dark neutrals can add a bold touch to any fall beauty look. Whether you consider these to be tortoiseshell or dark roast nails, there’s no denying they’re gorgeous.

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Warm Beige


If you like the idea of beige nail polish for fall but prefer a warmer touch, consider the Gelcare Gel UV/LED Colour ($20) in the shade Blonded. It’s a whitish-beige hue that suits many skin tones.

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Milk Chocolate


For a neutral nail look that exudes warm, sweet vibes, reach for a milk chocolate-inspired polish. Some of our faves include Sienna Byron Bay’s Nail Lacquer Vernis ($22) in the shade Sienna, Olive & June’s Long Lasting Polish ($9) in the shade JJ, and the Manucurist Paris Green Natural Nail Polish ($14) in the shade Chestnut.

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Velvet Hazelnut


Who said fall neutrals can’t be glam? With a velvety chestnut color, your nails will look positively cozy and rich. To create this exact look, you’ll need a bottle of IceGel Star Galaxy Gel Polish ($16) in the shade 1160.

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Neutral French


Looking to spruce up your classic French tips? Paint neutral wavy edges on each nail for an unexpected autumn accent.

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Cashmere Shimmer


Love the idea of a neutral velvet mani for fall? Go lighter for a cozier, cashmere allure. The color used here is Gelcare’s Gel UV/LED Colour ($22) in Oyster Velvet.

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Glitter Swirls


These tricolor neutral nails remind us of chocolate, coffee, and all things delicious for fall. The glitter swirls give them an undeniably luxe feel, too. To recreate the look exactly, use three key Kiara Sky products: the Soak Off Gel Polish ($15) in the shade Too Haute, the Professional Nail Lacquer ($9) in the shade Be Witch You, and the Gel Art ($13) in the shade Blend The Rules.

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Grayish Brown


If you love the idea of a high-shine nail look but prefer to forgo glitter, opt for a metallic nail polish. The shade used here is Dynamism from the Orly Futurism Collection ($47 for all). If you ask us, it’s the perfect grayish-brown for fall.

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Half and Half Hearts


Every color in this half-and-half heart manicure is perfect for fall. On their own, each would make for beautiful solid nail looks; together, they create a fun, head-turning mani that we want to copy stat. All the colors used are available in the Lights Lacquer YNBB Collection, either for $11 each or bundled together for $58 (normally $66).