13 Trendy Fall 2023 Nail Polish Colors, From Cherry Mocha To Chrome

The most highly requested shades of the season.

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With the chill of fall and the scent of pumpkin spiced lattes swirling in the air, there’s an inherent desire to cozy up in chunky knits, light a comforting candle, and perhaps binge watch some horror shows at home.

For the manicure lovers, too, the color palettes tend to shift from the neons so associated with summer, to nail polish shades that are a bit deeper, darker, and more autumnal.

Similar to the chic fall pedicure trends for 2023, a few tried and true staples are sure to pop up — namely rich, jewel-toned hues like sultry scarlet and luxurious emerald.

TikTok creators have taken the most viral trends into their own hands (per usual), naming nail colors after yummy treats. Translation: Expect to see “cherry mocha” shades of burgundy and mirror-like chocolate chrome finishes.

As for other fall 2023 nail trends, top pros in the industry are predicting quite a few unexpected looks that may be a bit more surprising...

For the loyal salon goers and artsy at-home nail painters alike — Bustle tapped Kim Truong, Zola Ganzorigt, Julie Kandalec, and Vanessa McCullough for expert-approved lacquer shades that are sure to be major fall nail polish color trends for 2023.

50 Shades Of Brown Nail Polish

It goes without saying that warm, cozy shades of brown are common polish hues for autumn, with even Hailey Bieber most recently hopping on the trend — and Kandalec and Ganzorigt agree fall 2023 will be no different.

Truong, the celebrity manicurist behind some of Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian Barker’s most-loved looks, says to mix and match different shades of brown on each nail for an effortless, monochromatic mani.

Nude “Lip Gloss” Nails

A glossy neutral polish will create a barely-there, “your nails but better” vibe on your unique skin tone.

Burnt Brick Red

“Fall brings a lot of warmth back to the nail color palette,” explains McCullough, a celebrity manicurist who frequently works with Jennifer Coolidge, Olivia Rodrigo, and more. “Brick Knit is a color that is more orange than red, and really captures the feeling of fall. I used it on Florence Pugh in the film Oppenheimer.

Cherry Mocha Nail Polish

When it comes to the manicure trends on BeautyTok, “cherry mocha” nails are no doubt a top tier look that is defining the fall season. In short? It’s a playful way of describing rich burgundy polish with that cherry red undertone.

Make It Magnetic

When it comes to trendy manicures, Ganzorigt says that she is always playing with magnetic nail polish colors.

She notes that texture by way of brown, green, rusted orange, and red magnetic hues will take over (like this galactic shade from Mooncat aptly named Illusionist).

Pumpkin-Glazed Donut Nails

ICYMI: Ganzorigt is the manicurist who created the beloved glazed donut manicure that, as she tells Bustle, “unexpectedly went viral.”

Since countless A-listers including Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner, and more are still all about that soft glazed vibe, she believes that chromatic shades of pumpkin-inspired orange — like Halle Bailey’s most recent mani — will be a total fall 2023 staple.

Go For Emerald Green

Kandalec, who has worked with stars such as Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, recommends painting your tips with “a chic wave of color” by way of rich, emerald-inspired shades of deep green this fall.

All Black Everything

When in doubt, McCullough notes that you truly can’t go wrong with a bit of black nail polish as the shade is endlessly chic.

Olivia Rodrigo has proven to be a fan of the lacquer hue time and time again, not only wearing it on the 2023 VMAs red carpet, but opting for a chipped version of the hue on the cover of her sophomore album, GUTS.

Fall Barbie Pink

While hot pink manicures are truly peak summer, with Margot Robbie’s Barbie hitting theaters in late summer, it’s safe to say that vivid shades of pink will continue to pop up throughout the autumn months in unexpected ways (like this chrome version or Selena Gomez’s recent bubblegum set, for example).

Dripping In Scarlet

Similar to some of the on-trend pedicure hues for fall, deeper shades of red are sure to be everywhere for a gorgeous matching mani-pedi moment. Kandalec says that ruby-inspired shades represent “strong, feminine power.”

Kylie Jenner, for one, is in her red era. She recently shared her scarlet nails on TikTok, declaring in the caption that it’s “red szn.”

All The Glitters

December is right around the corner, so you may want to pick up some sparkly nail polish colors and press-ons ASAP. According to Truong, a glittery tip is the perfect transition from fall to the major sparkle of the holiday season.

Cool-Toned Metallics

“Using a metallic chrome effect on top of deep colors, like dark blues and purples, is one of my favorite looks,” says Truong. As for her recommendation for fall? She says the gitti no. 304 shade is the perfect metallic blue nail polish color.

Caramel Latte Vibes

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Alongside chocolatey brown (and even the ever-rising “latte makeup” trend that has A-listers obsessed), latte nails, too are being spotted everywhere this season.

A high-fashion moment of note? Blake Lively recently attended the Michael Kors’ Spring 2024 show with a cognac-hued manicure, pictured here, that gave serious caramel latte vibes.

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