16 Fall Nail Designs That Will Be All Over Instagram This Season

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If there’s one word we’d use to describe fall nail trends for 2019, it would be “extra.” From tortoiseshell tips to pretty pearl accents, this season’s nails are anything but boring. And though we love a good pumpkin spice-inspired manicure, we're happy to report that not all of this season’s trends revolve around colorful leaves, autumnal coffee or pretty burnt-orange floral nail designs.

On-trend ombré nails are transitioning into softer, more subtle shades. Plus, we're seeing a '90s resurgence with glittery hues and a modern take on the classic French manicure (yes, really!). Longs tips are here to stay, too. So if you’re not into nail extensions, consider growing out your talons this fall — you’re going to want that extra space to flaunt these fun trends. Keep scrolling for 16 fall nail designs you’ll be seeing all over the 'Gram this season.

Tortoise Shell

Move over, sunglasses. Tortoiseshell nails are the latest accessory everyone will be sporting this fall. Add gold leaf for some extra dimension when creating this look.


We told you these fall nail designs were extra, didn't we? From your neck to your nails, pearls are going to be everywhere this season. Try them with a nude mani or placed over a bright pop of color.

The New French Manicure

The '90s have returned with a new twist on a classic French manicure. Instead of the traditional white tip, we’re seeing nails with unique shapes and colors to spice up the look.

Nail Extensions

You're going to want to book a mani appointment with time to spare, because sexy extensions are here to stay. Keep 'em autumnal by painting your extensions burnt orange, dark green, or any other fall-inspired shade.

The Reverse French Mani

The reverse French mani is getting an update, too, with added glitter and fall-inspired shades. Keep it simple with one shade (we love the metallic silver above) along the cuticle, leaving the remainder painted your favorite shade of nude.

Gemstone Pops

Jewels are having a moment — but, perhaps surprisingly, in a super subtle and chic way. Throw on a clear topcoat and apply just a few rhinestones on top for an elegant look that's pretty easy to DIY.

Spiced Neutrals

The everyday neutral goes autumnal with spice-inspired hues — think shades of turmeric, paprika, and cumin.

Leopard Print

Move over leopard print midi skirts, it's time for leopard print manicures to shine.

Negative Space

We can’t seem to get enough negative space, and with so many cool fall nail designs created around this concept, the possibilities are limitless.

Flannel Fingertips

Okay, this just screams fall.

Ombré Nails

Ombré the right way this season by sporting gradient shades inspired by the changing fall foliage.


There’s nothing that screams “the 90s are back!” more than chunky glitter. We’re really loving the latest glitter-over-nude-nail look.

Metallic Polish

Metallic nail colors are having a major moment, and they can be as striking as nail art. This season go for an autumnal coppery color or rusty red.

Astro Nails

Astrology is a chic new accessory you can wear on your tips. Sport you sign subtly or go all out with a zodiac-inspired design.

Retro Designs

When it comes to beauty, we're seeing '70s inspiration in everything from makeup hues to shaggy hairstyle and now nail designs. Plus, the warm colors used to create these stripes are perfect for fall.

Marble Manis

Marble manicures are still going strong and growing more intricate with every seasonal shift.

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