The Best Nail Art Inspiration For Autumn 2020

BY Harper's BAZAAR U.S. / Sep 6 2020 / 14:00 PM

From pastels hues to graphic prints, we're sharing some of the hottest looks of the cooler months...

The Best Nail Art Inspiration For Autumn 2020

Going to the nail salon isn't an option for everyone in the age of COVID-19. And even if it is, some of us feel more comfortable doing our own nails from now on.

What's a nail art lover to do? We've rounded up the best autumn 2020 nail trends that you can totally do yourself, from the comforts of your home. All you need is a few key nail polishes and a little imagination (okay, and some polish remover too) to create these must-have nail looks for the upcoming cooler months of the year...

1) Pastel Burst 

Why save pastels for spring? If you need some colors to brighten the gloomy mood that colder weather brings, this fun collage of pastel colors will do the trick.

Paint Box Nail Lacquer in Like Lilac, Dhs80, paint-box.com

2) Jigsaw Plaid

Nothing says fall like plaid. Elevate the look by painting the design partially on each nail like a puzzle piece for something a little less preppy. 

Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Rouge 999, Dhs135, sephora.ae

3) Black Magic 

Nothing makes a statement like an all-black manicure. Done in high gloss or matte, a black manicure is chic and sophisticated with a little edge. Here, a model backstage at Philipp Plein with almond-shaped black nails.

Essie nail polish in Licorice, Dhs33, noon.com

Looking to take your black mani up a notch? Try this geometric pattern that you can achieve with just a few pieces of nail tape.

Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, Dhs47, ounass.ae

Not feeling an entirely black nail? Add squiggles—painted along the edges of your nails—to a basic nude manicure.

Tenoverten in bond, Dhs44, tenoverten.com

4) Super Graphic

Backstage at Rag and Bone's fall show, models showed off just how cool a graphic manicure can look.

OPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx, Dhs73.15, amazon.ae

Nail art that's intricate can be impossible to DIY—so embrace big, bold, graphic shapes instead. We love this mix of polishes with a few nails accentuated by big and colorful dots.

Essie nail polish in Play Date, Dhs21, amazon.ae

Manicurist Miss Pop painted graphic red nails with a cool negative space moment on the models backstage at Prabal Gurung.

Zoya nail polish in Ruthie, Dhs110, amazon.ae

5) The New French 

The French manicure has been undergoing a modern resurgence the last few years. If you're still cautious about adopting the trend, try this dainty and delicate version from Betina Goldstein.

Essie Nail Polish in Baby's Breath, Dhs29, amazon.com

Accent a classic manicure with a striking double red French manicure. The finer the liner, the more modern it will look.

Emilie Heathe Public nail polish, Dhs106, emilieheathe.com

6) Well Embellished 

A classic pale pink manicure gets an elegant and fun upgrade with various multi-colored rhinestones.

Vanity Table N Monotone, Dhs62, vanity-table.com

At the Monse show, manicurist Miss Pop paired a matte berry-red nail polish with a pierced ring at the tip for a little punk element.

Essie Bordeaux, Dhs33, ounass.ae


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