Fall 2021 Nail Art is Anything But Boring

Tortoiseshell nail art
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When it comes to fall nail colors, we’re used to seeing dark colors like browns, dark reds, burnt oranges, and olive greens, and while these are classics, this fall is all about bold patterns, fun prints, and bright colors. Look no further for your nail inspiration, here are five nail art trends to rock this fall. Have fun and don’t be afraid to be bold!

Quilt Patch Nails

When it gets colder outside, we reach for our warmest plaid blankets, which is the inspiration for quilt patch or checkerboard nails. Have fun with colors and shades or go with a classic black and white design.


Start the holiday season early with metallic accents nails in silver and gold. Don’t be afraid to rock some crystal or pearl embellishments.


Like checkerboard, plaid is another fall staple and you can match your sweater vest to your nails. Does it get cooler than that?


Tortoiseshell is all over accessories and you can add it to your manicure with this trendy design. It will compliment all your neutral outfits perfectly.


In fashion, this year has been all about the return of Y2K, and the same has happened with beauty trends. Manicures featuring fun smiley faces, hearts, rainbow, flowers, checkerboard, cheetah print, and characters from the early ’00s are all fair game when it comes to Y2K nail art.