13 Fall Nail Ideas That Have Nothing to Do With Turkey
When it comes to nail designs fit for the fall, it’s fairly straightforward: monster motifs for Halloween and turkeys for Thanksgiving. While having a feathered friend literally on hand as we’re serving all the fixings is pretty appealing, there are plenty of other ways to embrace the season without including the meal’s main attraction on your mani. From fall foliage to a plethora of pumpkins — spiced or otherwise — ahead you’ll find a few adorable autumn nail art ideas to help you celebrate the festive feast in style.
PSL Print: We’ll take our pumpkin spice in any form we can get our hands on, including a mani like this. While the orange nail art resembles the geometric patterns found on a warm and fuzzy throw, the dash of glitter adds some serious zest to the look. (via @fleuryrosenails)
A Fool for Flannel: After all, fall and fuzzy flannel button-downs seem to go hand in hand. (via @sweetandsavvynails)
A Pine Cone Craze: We have fond memories of picking up pine cones in the woods and turning them into peanut butter bird feeders and holiday ornaments. Inspire that same nostalgia on your nails by adding a few seedlings. (via @nailhavenct)
The Knit-y Gritty: Nothing’s quite as cozy as a cable-knit sweater, but this manicure may require someone who specializes in 3D nail art to bring the look to life with a raised texture you can touch. (via @ nailsby_robynmichaela)
A Little Leaf Through: You can't go wrong with a classic! A few oak leaves across your nails offer an awesome autumn accent. Want to make your mani extra fun and festive? Add a dash of glitter. (via @ themani.ac)
Turning Over a New Leaf: Just because the leaves are turning shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same color palette. Let fall foliage dust your digits in softer, subtler shades to suit your style instead. (via @karanailedit)
How About Them Apples?: We know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how about 10 of them on your tips? (via @ jauntyjuli)
A Chocolate-Covered Confection: Raise your hand if you still have some leftover Halloween candy! Channel the look of Twix, Snickers, Milk Duds, and more with a high-shine mani that, unlike tearing through wrappers, won't leave your fingers sticky. (via @mynameismikinail)
Honey Dipped: As the temperature drops, we tend to cozy up with warm cups of coffee, cider and, of course, tea. Adding a little bit of honey to your cuppa is par, but have you thought about drizzling some across your digits? (via @nailthoughts)
Pump Up the Pumpkin: While we typically see pumpkin nails in the form of jack-o'-lanterns, these small squashes serve as a festive substitute to the classic half-moon manicure. (via @mikkismanis)
A Plethora of Plumage: Ok, we said we were going to stay away from turkeys, but abstract feathers don’t count, right? (via @expressionsbylauren)
Squash Goals: Hey Taylor, we see your squad and raise you a squash, or rather several of them! These little happy faces would feel right at home on your hands or on your plate. (via @thepolishedbean)
A Finger in Every Pie: Whether you personally prefer pumpkin, blueberry, cherry, or apple, having each dessert on your fingertips while slicing up the Thanksgiving desserts is sure to score a smile. (via @raechelsnails)
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Valis Vicenty is beauty writer who started swatching lipstick when she was still in diapers (sorry Mom!). Her work has been featured on Refinery29, NewBeauty, and Glam.com, plus she maintains her own beauty and lifestyle blog, Val’s Vanity, where she regularly shares her favorite finds and inspirations. When she’s not scrolling through her social media feeds for an emerging trend or test-driving the newest beauty buy, you can find her binging on comedy specials and classic movies on Netflix, listening to the latest bestseller as an audiobook, or adapting a new recipe to whatever’s in her fridge.