13 Trendy Fall 2023 Pedicure Colors To Paint Your Toes This Autumn

When the weather gets cooler, the colors get darker.

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Summer’s most popular pedicure trends — beloved neon hues and pretty shades of ocean-inspired blue so associated with the warmer months — have officially been replaced by cozy neutrals and darker nail polish colors for fall 2023.

After the official end of sandal season, A-listers and at home painters alike are leaning into autumnal nail art designs, like timeless plaid, luxe croc print, and even tortoiseshell tips that give those elegant vibes.

When it comes to the most popular fall nail color trends, a few predictable shades are always a major green flag come autumn (spoiler: expect 50 shades of chocolate brown polish).

For 2023 specifically, nail experts are in agreement that this fall is all about amping up the glamour factor for some holiday-ready tips and matching toenails by way of holographic shimmer, 3D rhinestones, and gemstone-inspired shades with lots of pigment and high-shine glossy finishes.

Whether you’re a loyal salon-goer in need of some fresh pedi inspiration for your next appointment or much prefer that at-home polish painting life — here are 13 expert-approved toenail lacquer colors that are sure to be major fall pedicure trends for 2023, as shared by industry experts Julie Kandalec, Julie Sariñana, and Vanessa McCullough.


Chocolate Brown Toenail Polish

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The milky “expensive nudes” that have been dominating the nail trends lately are getting a super chic upgrade for fall. According to Kandalec, a celeb-loved manicurist who has worked with Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt, rich chocolate brown shades are the “crisp, grown-up aunt to the sheer nudes of summer.”

Matching her chocolate croc print mani to her brown toenail polish, Hailey Bieber most recently opted for a deep espresso shade while in Paris.


Back To Black

“I often like to give my clients black nails — it’s very chic,” notes McCullough, a celebrity manicurist who frequently works with Jennifer Coolidge.

With stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Sydney Sweeney, Demi Lovato, and more major fans of black polish, it makes all the sense in the world that the edgy hue would make an appearance for fall 2023.


Neutrals & Nudes

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For the mani pedi minimalists who prefer a less is more approach to their tips, Sariñana, an OG lifestyle blogger and founder of Color Dept., gives the green light for shades of sheer pink, beige, and cream: “Neutral shades go with almost everything in your closet.”

At the 2023 VMAs, Sabrina Carpenter proved that a “more is more” holographic manicure pairs perfectly with some understated toes.


Emerald Glow

Kandalec recommends painting your toes with “a chic wave of color” by way of rich, emerald-inspired shades of deep green.


“Cherry Mocha” Toenail Polish

Sariñana says that come fall, deep berries that nod to your fave cabernet (otherwise referred to as “cherry mocha” burgundy hues) are essentially “neutral shades that will go with almost everything in your closet.”

Painting your toes at-home and wondering which polish to swipe on? She says to try Color Dept.’s Wine Sips if you’re feeling a bit more flirty. Another pro tip: “Grab your fave glass of wine with it, too.”


Nearly-Black Navy

Both pros agree that dark shades of blue will soon be everywhere. “For fall, I’m really tapping into my darker side with cool, deeper shades to help give off a more modern, cool-girl look,” says Sariñana. She adds that navy blue nail polish colors are “electrifying, yet wearable for everyday.”

Kandalec agrees, adding that navy is always a season favorite of hers. Looking for a specific shade recommendation? She names the shade Fugueuse from Chanel as a top-notch choice.


Deep Ruby Red Pedis

Ever since the buzzy “red nail theory” took TikTok by storm, scarlet-hued lacquers have been a staple go-to. As for the autumnal months ahead? Ditch those vibrant, near-neon cherry hues and replace them with deep ruby tones “to celebrate strong, feminine power,” says Kandalec.


Shades Of Sirencore

It’s no secret that mermaid motifs are taking over the trends across categories. For the fall 2023 season, expect to see similar vibes (albeit a bit darker). Kandalec notes to be on the lookout for “holo purple” lacquers in the coming months.


’90s-Inspired French Toes

A nail art trend very much associated with the ’90s, nostalgic French tip toe nails have been making a comeback for quite some time now — especially with the rise of the “quiet luxury” aesthetic.

A few champions of the nostalgic look? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Dua Lipa, to name a few.


Go For Glitter

Want to take cues from Jennifer Lopez’s bedazzled pedi moment? Sariñana says that “whether you opt for cute little accents or go all out, sparkle is always in style during the fall holiday season and beyond.”


Cabincore Forest Green

To keep your toes warm this fall, Sariñana points to the forest-inspired shade Moss from Color Dept. It’s perfect for the season because it’s “bold, moody, and a little bit sultry.”


Midnight Metallic

Playful silver hues were very much a trend for summer. And for fall — the metallics are going a bit deeper instead. Sariñana says, “I’m all about metallics and glitters this season — [so] why not bring night into day with some high shine?”

As for one of the celebs obsessed with the deep blue vibes? Taylor Swift most recently rocked the light-catching hue while in New York City.


Vibrant Cherry Red

ICYMI: vibrant shades of cherry red have been taking over (and cross-category, too, with Megan Fox dying her strands near-neon shade of red).

Kylie Jenner also so happens to be firmly in her red era, recently sharing her vivid scarlet nails on TikTok and declaring in the caption that it’s “red szn.”

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