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  • Writer's pictureAlina Fridman

Say Goodbye to Boring Fall Nails: The Definitive Guide to Must-Try Nail & Toe Shade Pairings!

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Fall Nail Colors

Okay, confession time: I might be living it up under the sunny LA skies, but deep down? I'm a seasons girl through and through. And there’s no denying, the sweet nostalgia of fall has its own charm. It's like the universe's way of saying, "Hey, grab that pumpkin spice latte, wrap yourself in a cozy scarf, and flaunt those fabulous fall hues."

Now, don’t get me wrong. As October creeps in, I often find myself channeling my inner Morticia Addams with a penchant for the classic black polish. Oh, that bewitching allure of inky nails, perfect for every haunted soirée. But let's face it, autumn is a cornucopia of color, and while I adore the dark and mysterious, I also can't resist the vibrant golds, the sultry plums, and the rustic oranges that the season brings.

And let’s address the oft-neglected toes. If you're the type to paint your fingers and toes in harmonious hues, no judgment here! Matching is a timeless style. But, if you're feeling a tad adventurous, you're in for a treat. Just as a scarf complements a sweater, your toenail polish can playfully contrast or complement your fingernails. And that, my friend, is where the magic happens.

Get ready, because I'm about to guide you through 2023’s top fall nail polish trends. Together, we'll explore not only the must-have shades for those fingertips but also the toe-tastic colors that will have your feet tapping in delight. Ready to embrace autumn from tip to toe? Let’s jump in and paint the town... well, autumnal!

Earthy Elegance & Glam Gold: Brown and Gold

Autumn's embrace unveils a world drenched in opulent browns and glimmering golds. Have you ever imagined your nails reflecting this enchanting palette, capturing the rich tones of fallen leaves and the golden glints of sunsets? Here’s how to make this poetic imagery a dazzling reality.

Earthy Elegance & Glam Gold: Brown and Gold Duo

Fingernails: The Earthy Elegance of Brown

Essie expressie, Take The Espresso - Dark Chocolate Brown Nail Polish

The name says it all. Dive deep into this lavish shade that captures the warm, invigorating essence of a freshly brewed espresso. This nail polish doesn't just offer color; it delivers an experience. Imagine wrapping your hands around a hot cup of coffee on a crisp morning, that's the comforting embrace this shade provides. Perfect for those who want a sophisticated yet understated look.

The Earthy Elegance of Brown Essie expressie, Take The Espresso

Toenails: Golden Glam with a Twist

Shifting away from the conventional, the ILNP Empire isn’t just gold; it’s gold reimagined. Its holographic hues dance between shades, capturing the light and reflecting a spectrum of golden radiance. Each toe will shimmer and shine, giving a luxurious touch to every step you take. Paired with the grounding brown of "Take The Espresso", it brings a harmonious balance of earth and elegance to your autumnal ensemble.

ILNP Empire - Gold Holographic Nail Polish

Pairing Tip: Don these colors on a day out, especially if you're rocking a neutral outfit. The contrast of the deep brown and the playful gold will stand out, making your nails the conversation starter. And remember, the charm is in the pairing. While each polish is striking on its own, together they narrate the story of fall in the most beautiful way.

Rustic Radiance & Dark Decadence: Olive & Burgundy

As autumn's embrace deepens, the forests take on a hue of mysterious depth. Think of the evergreen trees standing tall amidst the fiery shades of red and orange leaves. This is a pairing that embodies the heart of the woods during this magical season.

Rustic Radiance & Dark Decadence: Olive & Burgundy

Fingernails: Dive into Deep Forests

Transport your fingertips to the heart of the forest with the ILNP Olive Grove. This shade is not just a green; it’s a journey. The rustic army green combined with a subtle shimmer is reminiscent of sunlight filtering through tall pine trees on a crisp autumn morning. It’s nature wrapped around your fingers, bringing forth a serene elegance with every hand gesture.

ILNP Olive Grove - Rustic Army Green Shimmer Nail Polish

Toenails: The Sultry Enigma of Burgundy

Essie Nail Color: Wicked - Deep Sinister Red Nail Polish

Every season has its signature shade of mystery, and for fall, it's the deep burgundy of Essie's Wicked. This color is all about drama and depth, capturing the essence of those chilly nights when stories are shared around a roaring campfire. When paired with Olive Grove's earthiness, it contrasts beautifully, creating a visual dance of forest floor meets berry-studded bushes.

Essie Nail Color: Wicked

Pairing Tip: Wear this duo when you're feeling a bit mysterious and want your nails to tell a story. These shades beautifully complement earth-toned outfits - think deep browns, tans, and creams. For a daytime ensemble, pair them with a beige trench coat or an olive green sweater. Heading out in the evening? They'll look stunning against a deep red or burgundy dress, accentuating the sultry side of autumn. Throw on some gold or bronze accessories, and you've got a fall look that's both elegant and edgy.

Sun-Kissed Autumn & Tropical Toast: Burnt Orange & Taupe

The beautiful paradox of fall lies in its simultaneous embrace of vibrant colors and the gentle touch of nature winding down. This pairing captures that essence — the fiery excitement of the autumn canopy, juxtaposed against the subtle, serene taupe that reminds us of cozy moments and tropical getaways.

Sun-Kissed Autumn & Tropical Toast: Burnt Orange & Taupe

Fingernails: A Blaze of Autumn Glory ILNP Pumpkin Patch - Vivid Burnt Orange Shimmer Nail Polish Awaken the fiery spirit of autumn with the ILNP Pumpkin Patch. It's not just a polish; it's an ode to those spectacular fall moments when the trees erupt in a symphony of burnt oranges. With a shimmer that plays coyly under the sunlight, it’s as if you’ve dipped your fingertips in the very soul of the season. Every gesture will radiate the warmth and vibrancy of a sun-kissed autumn day.

ILNP Pumpkin Patch - Vivid Burnt Orange Shimmer Nail Polish

Toenails: Whispers of Tropical Tranquility Coconuts Over OPI - Go Native and Do Fiji in the Buff Venture a bit off the autumn path and dive into the tranquil tones of the tropics. Coconuts Over OPI offers a serene escape with its toasty taupe shade. The color is reminiscent of sandy shores, sun-dried palm leaves, and moments when the sun kisses your skin just right. It's the perfect counterbalance to the vividness of Pumpkin Patch, offering a grounded elegance that's both timeless and refreshing.

Coconuts Over OPI  Nail polish bottle

Pairing Tip: This duo shines brilliantly during those transitional fall days when there’s a hint of summer’s warmth lingering in the air. Imagine donning a flowy, off-shoulder burnt orange dress with taupe sandals. The combination is a refreshing break from the deeper, more traditional autumnal shades, offering a playful yet sophisticated look. Add some gold or pearl accessories, and you’re set to capture the essence of early fall, where warmth meets cool in the most delightful way.

Mystical Twilight & Lavender Lustre: Purple & Lavender

As the fall night sky transitions into a deeper, star-studded spectacle, we can’t help but mirror its mystique and wonder in our style. This pairing is for those who love the enigmatic charm of twilight and the first flickers of starlight. It’s where the deep, infinite cosmic sky meets the last rays of a lavender sunset.

Mystical Twilight & Lavender Lustre: Purple & Lavender

Fingernails: Cosmic Curtains in Twilight Essie Flirt with Freedom - Blackened Purple Vegan Nail Polish Unleash the celestial beauty of the night sky with essie's flirt with freedom. This isn’t your average purple; it’s a poetic blend of night’s deepest shades with a silken finish, akin to the distant cosmic galaxy. Its tone-on-tone pearl effect is like capturing a piece of the starlit sky right on your fingertips, perfect for those nights when you feel like you’re draped in stardust.

Essie Flirt with Freedom - Blackened Purple Vegan Nail Polish

Toenails: First Light in Lavender ILNP Smitten - Lavender Ultra Metallic Nail Polish Just as the night is at its darkest, the first whispers of dawn aren't far behind. ILNP's Smitten is that first blush of morning light translated into a polish. The lavender ultra metallic hue is a nod to those precious moments when night gives way to day, with a sparkle that rivals the first morning star. Against the deep universe of "flirt with freedom," it's a gentle reminder of the promise every twilight holds.

ILNP Smitten - Lavender Ultra Metallic Nail Polish

Pairing Tip: This combination is your go-to for any evening event where you want to exude an air of mystical elegance. Picture yourself in a velvety dark gown or a sleek cocktail dress; these colors add depth and a touch of whimsy to your look. Remember, it’s all about balance — the deep, infinite space of your fingernails, and the hopeful glimmer on your toes. Accessorize with silver or white gold jewelry to bring out the metallic sheen, and you’re ready to dazzle from dusk till dawn.

Passionate Crimson & Gentle Glimmer: Deep Blood Red & Light Grey

The fall season often evokes a myriad of emotions: from the comforting warmth of cozying up with a favorite book to the thrilling anticipation of Halloween's eerie delights. This pairing is a manifestation of those contrasting feelings, invoking the vibrant pulse of life alongside the serene and ethereal moments of calm. It’s like the heart's fervent beat echoing through a silent, foggy morning.

Passionate Crimson & Gentle Glimmer: Deep Blood Red & Light Grey

Fingernails: The Depth of Passion ILNP Bitten - Deep Blood Red Jelly Shimmer Nail Polish A shade that's both fierce and passionate, ILNP's Bitten is reminiscent of a heart's deepest desires and the allure of forbidden fruit. With its rich, deep blood-red hue enhanced by a tantalizing jelly shimmer, it's more than just a color—it's an emotion. The kind that stirs your soul and reminds you of love tales written in autumn's embrace, where every heartbeat is an ode to romance.

ILNP Bitten - Deep Blood Red Jelly Shimmer Nail Polish

Toenails: Whisper of Dawn ILNP Flicker - Flickering Light Grey Shimmer Nail Polish In stark contrast to the fervor of 'Bitten,' the ILNP Flicker brings a touch of early dawn serenity. It's the silvery hue of the first light breaking through a misty morning, imbued with a subtle shimmer that captures the transient flicker of daybreak. When paired with the deep intensity of the blood-red, it becomes the calm after a storm, offering a moment of reflection and peace.

ILNP Flicker - Flickering Light Grey Shimmer Nail Polish

Pairing Tip: These shades are perfect for when you want to blend passion with poise. Ideal for a romantic dinner date or an elegant evening soiree, they effortlessly pair with outfits in deep reds, charcoals, or even metallic silvers. The interplay of intensity and tranquility ensures you make a statement while retaining a touch of ethereal grace. Consider silver accessories or pearls to further enhance the juxtaposition of these evocative shades.

Starry Nights & Effervescent Elegance: Dark Blue & Metallic Rose Gold

As the crispness of fall intensifies, there’s a longing to connect with the expansive night sky, and alongside it, a desire to add a touch of festive sparkle, signaling the impending celebratory season. Enter the enigmatic blues reminiscent of the vast cosmos and the gentle shimmer of rose gold, mimicking the champagne bubbles in joyous toasts.

Starry Nights & Effervescent Elegance: Dark Blue & Metallic Rose Gold

Fingernails: Midnight Serenade Essie Step Out of Line - Dark Blue Nail Polish Dive into the profoundness of the night sky with Essie's Step Out of Line. This shade is more than just a dark blue; it’s a homage to the infinite universe, the allure of constellations, and the secrets they hold. Its deep, velvety hue mirrors the stillness of fall nights, where stars twinkle brighter against the vast inky expanse. With every flick of your fingers, it’s like holding a sliver of the cosmos, beckoning observers to dream a little deeper.

Essie Step Out of Line - Dark Blue Nail Polish

Toenails: Toasts & Twinkles Ella + Mila Champagne Pop - Metallic Rose Gold Where the night is deep and boundless, there’s always room for a hint of celebration. Ella + Mila's Champagne Pop is that burst of joy, that first sip of bubbly as it dances on your palate. A metallic rose gold, it’s a shade that’s both delicate and festive, as if each toe is adorned with the promise of golden moments to come. When set against the backdrop of Step Out of Line’s profound blue, it’s a narrative of depth meeting delight, a gentle reminder of life’s sparkling occasions amidst introspective evenings.

Ella + Mila Champagne Pop - Metallic Rose Gold

Pairing Tip: This dynamic duo is perfect for those times when you’re torn between contemplation and celebration. It effortlessly melds with navy blues, muted grays, or even creamy whites. Whether you're heading to an intimate dinner under the stars or a festive gathering to welcome the holiday season, these shades ensure you carry both depth and dazzle wherever you go. For an added touch, accentuate with silver or rose gold jewelry to truly capture the effervescence of the pairing.

Looking for More Fall Color Inspiration? Check Out This Fabulous Collection:

ILNP Harvest Collection - Evoke the magic of the season with this curated selection from ILNP. Immerse yourself in the Harvest Collection, a dazzling 6-piece assortment that seamlessly mirrors the enchanting colors of autumn. Each shade, infused with sparkles, calls to mind the rustling of crimson and golden leaves underfoot, the snug embrace of your favorite sweater, and the heartwarming laughter at fall gatherings. With every brushstroke, the Harvest Collection lets you wear the quintessential autumnal ambiance on your fingertips, making every gesture a gentle reminder of the season's serene beauty.

ILNP Harvest Collection

Fall Nail Finishing Touches: Elevate Your Autumnal Artistry

As we wrap up our journey through autumn's palette, remember: nail artistry is all about personal expression and having fun! Beyond the curated pairings, there are countless ways to play and experiment with these enchanting shades. Here are some creative tips to add that extra touch of flair to your fall nails:

  1. Shimmering Accent: For a subtle yet striking contrast, consider painting your ring finger with one of the shimmering toe shades, while keeping the rest of the fingers in a complementary matte finish. This not only adds a hint of sparkle but also makes your ring finger pop, drawing attention and elevating your overall nail game.

  2. Ombre Elegance: Dive deep into the gradient world! Start with a darker shade at the base of the nail and gradually blend into a lighter hue towards the tip. Combining shades like deep burgundies with soft golds can mimic the beautiful fall sunset, creating a breathtaking transition on your fingertips.

  3. Negative Space Magic: Embrace the beauty of your natural nails by playing with negative space designs. Using a fine brush, paint autumnal designs or patterns, allowing the untouched nail to be part of the design. This is especially gorgeous when using metallic or shimmer shades as they contrast beautifully against the natural nail.

  4. Matte & Shine Duo: Love a bit of contrast? Use a matte top coat on your chosen fall color, and then add shiny, clear nail art designs or patterns on top. The juxtaposition of matte and shine will surely make your nails stand out and capture attention.

The world of nail artistry is vast and ever-evolving. This fall, armed with these shades and tips, let your creativity soar and your nails tell tales of seasonal beauty, sophistication, and playful whimsy. Embrace the spirit of autumn, and remember: in the world of nails, there's no such thing as too much fabulous!



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