6 Hot Fall Nail Trends

So many perfect nail polishes to match your fall wardrobe.
- PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com

Gone are the days when your nail polishes were limited to ladylike pinks, dazzling dame reds and grandma corals. Check out Christina Applegate's nails, they're really dark. Now nail polish and makeup palettes take their cues from the runway. As Essie Weingarten, the founder and president of Essie explains, "This fall, designers are mixing it up, combining sheer fabric with leather along with lingerie as outer wear in deep, muted tones and bold color palettes which is very alluring."

How can you pull off wild nails with the rest of your makeup palette? Celebrity manicurist Pippa Hebden suggests to pull off, "that warm autumn look, color coordinate your nail color…use lighter shades for day and russet colors for evening."

As we reported to you in February, mushroom/putty shades are hot for fall. Not into taupe or greige?

Read on for the other hot and cool nail polishes to play with this fall.

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It was supposed to be a hot fall color, but it was so neutral and so cool to look at, that it was worn during the summer. Rihanna's wearing a greige-y taupe shade. Here's a few to try on:

Cowl of the Wild by Barielle ($8, barielle.com). It's a mushroom taupe cream.

Sew Pysched by Essie ($8, essie.com). A soft sage pewter. It won't be available until September on the Essie site and in stores.

Earthly Harmony from MAC nail trends FW10 designed by Jin Soon ($13, maccosmetics.com). A muted taupe with copper shimmer. It hits the stores and online August 26.


Glitter is good! Check out Blake Lively's nails.

Unforgettable Moments Sugar Plum nail polish ($2.99, payless.com). A rich deep shimmery plum brown shade.

Only Gold for Me topcoat Sephora by OPI ($9, sephora.com). Add a metallic shine to any nail color with this golden topcoat.

Bad Romance by Lippmann Collection ($18, nordstrom.com). It's a limited edition color that can only be found at Nordstrom.


Purple is the new black. Oh, I've always wanted to say that! Purple in deep hues can be found everywhere. Lauren Conrad paired dark purple nail polish with a white satin dress.

Purple Rimmel lasting nail finish nail polish pro nail enamel ($3.99, walgreens.com). It's a deep, almost black purple.

Tokeido Express by Nars ($16, beauty.com). Another limited edition shade.

Shoot for The Stars by SpaRitual nail polish ($10, skinstore.com). This is a creme, not a frost polish.

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Jewel tones

Give a pop of color to your day or your outfit, with a burst of bold polish. Stephanie Pratt rocks jewel-toned nail polish, it looks great with her LBD.

Teal nail polish from Love & Beauty ($2.80, forever21.com)

Navy Baby by Sally Hansen ($7.99, ulta.com). It dries quickly and lasts a long time.

Sublime Red nail polish by Yves Saint Laurent ($20, Bloomingdales.com).


No longer for Goths, this color is in every fashionista and makeup junkie's beauty box. Christina Applegate wore black nails to the premiere of Going The Distance.

Black nail polish by Pop Beauty ($10, urbanoutfitters.com). Classic black.

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Black Lingerie nail polish by Revlon ($3.89, target.com). The polish contains silk proteins to strengthen nails.

Union Jack Black nail polish by Butter London ($14, beauty.com). As glossy as patent leather.


Last spring, we saw black and gray dominate the Fall 2010 runways. The next step is gray nail polish. Let's be thankful that no one thought of gray lipstick. Halle Berry pairs a dark shade with her light gray dress.

Gray nail polish by Goddess CR ($3.50, charlotterusse.com). It's a shimmery blue-gray shade.

Concrete nail polish by Knockout Cosmetics ($19, beauty.com). The line was created by makeup artist Mike Potter. This is a matte nail polish.

Factory Grey nail polish by American Apparel ($6, americanapparel.net). This is a deep gray shade.

PJ Gach is the Senior Editor: Style+Beauty at BettyConfidential.

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