12 Trendy Nail Colors to Take Your Manicure From Summer to Fall
Despite the fact that summer is still in full swing in the South much longer than other parts of the country—we have the humidity-wrecked hair and the sweaty (er, glowing?) skin to prove it—we can't help but get excited for all of the fall beauty trends coming our way. Namely, spanking-new nail colors. As much as we love summer's always-popular watermelon pink and punchy peach nail shades, we're just as partial to their moodier counterparts that we see during the autumn.
Since August and September mark the transition time between summer and fall, we're trying to bridge the beauty gap by picking the best in-between nail shades to start seeing some autumn color without going full-on fall. For the autumnal trendsetters, try one of these rich and vibrant shades of purple, blue, and green. For those wishing to hold onto summer just a bit longer, go brighter with shades of orange, creamy nude, metallic, and even a two-toned surprise. Here are 12 trendy, transitional nail colors to take you from summer to fall.
OPI Nail Lacquer in "Suzi Needs a Loch-smith"
Take your summer coral into autumnal territory with this copper-kissed shade of orange that's part of OPI's Scotland Collection.
BUY IT: $5.50; ulta.com
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in "Ohm My Magenta"
Like late-summer berries bursting at every bite, boysenberry pink is highly pigmented and oh-so vibrant.
BUY IT: $6.50; walmart.com
Essie Expressie Nail Polish in "Skip the Track"
Essie's quick-dry collection features all the colors to keep on hand at home for whenever you need a fast fix. This soft lilac is just what the end-of-summer ordered.
BUY IT: $9; ulta.com
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in "Serra Blue"
We're saving inky navy blues for the colder months. Transition to fall with this bright midnight blue instead.
BUY IT: $18; smithandcult.com
OPI Nail Lacquer in "Edinburgh-er & Tatties"
Who says you can't rock pink all year long? This dusty hue is like a toned-down version of pastel pink that flatters many skin tones.
BUY IT: $5.25; ulta.com
Chanel Le Vernis in "Canotier"
What sets this dark nude apart from your average taupe is the metallic finish and envy-worthy shine. It looks anything but dull and boring.
BUY IT: $28; nordstrom.com
Essie Nail Lacquer in "Cacti On the Prize"
If summer was all about lime green, autumn is going to be all cactus green. It's a more yellow version of sage green, which makes it slightly more exciting and late-summer-friendly.
BUY IT: $8.49; target.com
Olive & June Nail Polish in "CNH"
This nail polish line masters the at-home mani with opaque creamy color equipped with a cuticle-hugging brush. For the summer-to-fall transition, we're partial to this slate blue with hints of violet.
BUY IT: $8; oliveandjune.com
OPI Nail Lacquer in "Endless Sun-ner"
Say hello to the only nude you need to know this fall. It's a warmed-up version of a classic nude and can be described as a blush-toned caramel color. It has just enough pigment to keep you from getting bored and will flatter your fading summer tan, too.
BUY IT: $10.50; opi.com
JINsoon Nail Lacquer in "Kookie White"
Leave your paper-white in July, and go for its edgier cousin, "kookie" white. The white tone is tinted with just a touch of gray and blue, making it about the coolest nude you'll see all year.
BUY IT: $18; amazon.com
Paintbox Nail Lacquer Power Couple in "Like Lush + Like Flora"
Why settle for one color when you can have two? Introducing the newest nail trend: power couples. Combine the two colors—in this case, golden green and peach—to create a totally unique look.
BUY IT: $40; paint-box.com
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in "Darjeeling Darling"
We're seeing plenty of moody greens in this fall's future, but this vivid shade of juniper makes the perfect first choice. It's robust and pigmented without going too far on the dark side.
BUY IT: $18; dermstore.com