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Fall isn’t just a season; it’s a lifestyle. We’re looking for more ways to incorporate pumpkin spice and plaid into every and all aspects of our day-to-day lives before the Christmas season hits. Here are 12 super cute nail ideas to sport at your Thanksgiving gathering!

1. Fall Tones

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If you’re like me and don’t have the steadiest hand for detailed nail art, you can never go wrong with a classic coat of paint. The best colors to pop on those pretty little fingers are maroon, mustard yellow, pumpkin orange, taupe, or hunter green. These muted and rich tones are perfect for transitioning into November.

2. Falling Leaves

Fall leaves are a symbol of the changing seasons. This design has a simple neutral base, topped with green and copper leaves. To get this effect, use your brush to swipe on paint lightly. Going in with a small line brush, you can add details like veining or stems. These nails are bound to leave your friends and family speechless.

3. Ombre Hues

If you’re indecisive and can’t commit to one color of polish, why not paint each finger a different shade? Choose a color and try to gather up a gradient of shades. Starting with your thumb and working your way out to the pinky, go from lightest to darkest and create an ombre of fall hues.

4. Sweater Weather

As the weather chills up and you start to break out the cable knit sweaters, how about cozying up with these knitted nails? This look mixes a blend of matte neutral tones across each nail, accenting two fingers with a sweater-like detailing. Pair with your favorite seasonal sweater, and you’re all set!

5. Fall Florals

Who said florals were just for spring and summer? Flowers are a simple design that beginner nail artists can achieve in a few easy steps. Just go in with a small detail nail brush and a few different colors of paint. I highly recommend an orange, cream, and brown color combo on a white base. 

6. Gold Foil

Everyone loves a little sparkle! As we move further into the holiday season, gold polish will be a festive staple in your nail looks. All eyes will be on your manicured fingers at the Thanksgiving table.

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7. Tortoiseshell

While tortoiseshell glasses are a timeless accessory in many of our collections, tortoiseshell nail art is a fun way to match your fashion with your manicure. Not to mention, it’s a lot easier than you’d think! This tutorial is the proof!

8. Marble

Let’s flashback to 2013 when water marble nail art was the hack for easy marble nail designs. Play around with all the fall colors and create a swirling design that is entirely unique and entirely autumnal.

9. Pumpkin Patch

October was the month of pumpkin spice madness, but just because we are into November doesn’t mean we have to ditch the pumpkins altogether! Gather up various colors, from burnt oranges to chestnut browns to sage greens, and paint on a multicolored pumpkin patch across those fingers.

10. Plaid Pattern

From plaid coats, plaid dresses, or plaid pants, plaid is the pattern for fall! If you couldn’t already see the trend here, matching nails with your wardrobe creates a cohesive, monochromatic look. So whip out that detail brush and (carefully) draw on thin lines to replicate the weaving pattern of your go-to plaid skirt. Try an accent nail, or have a total plaid moment. It’s all up to you!

11. Colored French Tips

French tips are a classic nail trend that many of us go back to time and time again. Colored french tips are a simple way to switch up your basics and play upon the autumnal colors for the season. 

12. Abstract 

Sometimes, not having a plan is the best way to approach nail art. Try different colors, different finishes, different metallics. Your nails are your canvas!

Top Photo: Valeriia Miller / Unsplash

Elizabeth Safaryn is a fourth-year student at New York University, studying Media & Communications. She lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and enjoys learning/writing about feminist representation in cinema and social media. You can follow her at @lizsafaryn

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