Last Updated on October 3, 2023
Wondering what manicure to get for autumn winter 2023? I’ve done my research and I’m sharing the biggest nail trends of the new season with you. Autumn is probably my favourite season of the year. You’ll find me with a pumpkin spice latte in hand, wrapped up in a cozy sweater and in a nail colour that matches the falling leaves. So what nail colours and manicures are trending for autumn?
Over the past few years, we’ve seen nail art rise through the ranks in the beauty industry. Long gone are the days of a french mani being about as exciting as it got on the nails front. You can quite literally have anything you want painted on your talons these days, from simple geometric shapes to a realistic painting of anything just about anything your heart desires (yes I have had pizza on my nails before). And don’t get me started on Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut nails…
If you’re anything like me, you’ll obsessed with nail colours and nail art. I’m constantly screenshotting inspo images to show at my next appointment. In fact, my dedicated nails folder in my saved images on Instagram is quite literally out of control. I’m already counting down the days till my next mani when I can whip out my Halloween nail ideas! What is it about a newly painted nail that can make you feel so confident and polished? Even better when you can sip on a glass of champagne while you’re having your talons preened to perfection.
While there’s no explicit rules on what colours qualify as summer nails versus winter nails, you’d be hard pressed finding me in a pastel pink during autumn or winter. At this time of year, I tend to lean towards the moodier darker nail polish shades. Who doesn’t love a burgundy red, moody orange or black hue in the crisp autumnal months?
Whether you love your nails OTT or simply like a classic french tip, I’ve got you covered with all the biggest autumn winter nail trends. Next, take a look at my edit of the best dresses for autumn winter 2023, or read our review of AI skincare platform Renude. Now, onto the autumn nail trends!
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Nail Trend 1 – Latte Nails
If you’re less about nail art, perhaps latte nails for you. Characterised by earthy tones, latte nails are basically any brown, neutral and nude nail colour. The key to making this trend look good is by picking the right colour for your skin tone; deep nude and chocolate brown looks great on dark skin tones, while paler skin should opt for the contrast of dark brown.
This trend is easy to recreate at home. Simply pick the perfect colour for you and DIY!
Nail Trend 2 – Green with Envy
Another earthy tone to opt for this autumn is green, but we’re not talking brights and neons. This season dark, leaf and sage greens will be your go-tos. They don’t have to be boring though; add gloss, shimmer or glitter, or maybe even go for a chrome finish.
Nail Trend 3 – Wine not Nails
For a gothic vibe, try wine-coloured nails. As it’s a dark colour, it can be tricky to do it yourself depending on how much of a steady hand you have. Ensure your cuticles are preened to perfection to avoid it looking messy, and opt for gel polish for a polished look (either at home or your local salon).
Nail Trend 4 – Matte
Give any nail colour a matte finish for a modern update. This can be achieved either by buying a matte nail colour, or simply by adding a matte top coat. If you’re sticking to the classic fall nail colors, add your top coat to oranges, browns, yellows or gothic black to achieve perfect fall nails.
Nail Trend 5 – Back to Black
Ditch the nail artist and go for gothic black for autumn winter 2023. This is the polar opposite to velvet nails, so if sparkle isn’t for you, this colour might well be. Yes, it works for Halloween but it can be a really chic every day look too.
Nail Trend 6 – Autumnal Frenchies
There’s nothing wrong with the classic French manicure, but if you fancy something different, give it an update by changing the classic white to an autumnal colour to go with your autumn outfit. Think brown, orange, or even black.