The Best Autumn Nail Colors for October 2021

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We might have already dropped the 15 Transitional Fall Nail Colors that Go From Summer to Fall Seamlessly—but now that we've made it out of transitional September, it's time to explore all the autumn-perfect October nail colors that are ripe for the picking. When you're looking for the best October manicure to tag along with all of your fall activities — like apple cider sipping and pumpkin bread baking — keep these trendy polishes in mind. Think about your favorite fall things, from cozy sweaters to pumpkin spice lattes, and choose the most fitting color for you.

From muted metallic lavender to classic dark aubergine, we've rounded up the best October nail polish colors.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Complimentary Wine

OPI Nail Lacquer in Complimentary Wine


Heading up OPI's best fall hues, this vampy purple-red feels like just the thing to get us in the sweater state of mind. Temps might not be at their lowest quite yet, but you'll be ready when they do.

Essie Nail Polish in Cargo Cameo

Essie Nail Polish in Cargo Cameo


Fun metallics have been all the rage for a while now, and autumn makes no exception. We're going for a burnt bronze metallic mani to complement our fading summer glow.

Essie Nail Polish in Bed Rock & Roll

Essie Bed Rock & Roll

Classic red is given an autumnal makeover with hints of earthy brown and orange, making it ideal for the month of October.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Stockholm Syndrome

Smith & Cult Stockholm Syndrome

Since taupe is forever one of the most popular nail polish shades for fall, this deeper elephant grey shade should definitely be in your rotation during the month of October.

OPI Nail Polish in 7th & Flower

OPI 7th And Flower

Capture the more festive tones of the season with a vibrant magenta color that is perfect for going pumpkin-shopping, latte in hand.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Jealous Boyfriend

Sally Hansen Teal Nail Polish
Sally Hansen

This moody teal is all we need to pair with spooky movie nights—Hocus Pocus, anyone?—all month long.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Tang Bang

Tang Bang
Smith & Cult

We fell in love with this color at first sight and have been anxiously awaiting the cooler temps and changing leaves that herald its season once again. Now that October has arrived, Smith & Cult's pumpkin-spice hued polish is a sure thing.

OPI Espresso Your Inner Self

Espresso Your Inner Self


Calling all neutral lovers for what we might call the neutral of the season that you'll be seeing again and again. It's an espresso brown that doesn't fall flat from OPI's fall 2021 collection, and we're officially obsessed.

Essie Nail Polish in Feeling' Amped

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This creamy blue teal is an unexpected shade from Essie's fall 2021 collection that will have all your friends asking where they can snag it, too. It'll look amazing with those cozy sweaters you've been not-so-patiently waiting for months to sport.

Olive & June Nail Polish in JJ

Olive and June JJ
Olive and June

Embrace bonfire season with a cozy cinnamon brown that feels like a muted version of brick red.

Dior Nail Polish in Incognito

Dior Vernis in Incognito

For an update to your grandmother's favorite dusty rose pink, look no further than this perfect blush from the ultimate classic brand, Dior.

Essie Nail Polish in High Voltage Vinyl

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Last year's army green isn't totally out of style. Instead, it's gotten a cool-girl makeover that feels totally unique in Essie's fall 2021 collection. Meet onyx green.

OPI Nail Polish in Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails

OPI Fall Purple Nail Polish

When everyone goes dark, let's go celestial with this dreamy lavender color finished with a gorgeous subtle shimmer that makes your fingers sparkle in the light.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour

Make a statement with this dark blood-red shade that toes the line of being black but adds a little more personality.

Olive & June Nail Polish in Chemistry

Olive and June Chemistry
Olive & June

You never want to be caught without a neutral at-the-ready, and Olive & June's new fall 2021 shade is just the ticket this October. It's an almond cream that's perfectly hued for the season.

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