The Best Back-to-School Nail Ideas to Try This Fall

August 16, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
Picture of a person with gold rings and pink blush nails on a pink gradient background

Back-to-school season is sneaking up on us fast, and with it comes the desire to get an envy-worthy new manicure. Whether you're all about a fresh set of chrome acrylics or prefer to DIY a colorful aura nail design, the following back-to-school nail ideas are sure to amp up your excitement for fall. Keep scrolling through for nail looks you’ll love, of all shapes, styles and lengths.

Back-to-School Nails

Pretty in Pink

These blush nails bedazzled with hot pink rhinestones and subtle sparkles are a candy-coated dream. They’ll work on any length or nail shape, whether you opt for a classic oval like the creator below or an extra-long square shape.

Aura Nails

Brightly colored aura nails show off your unique personality and daring taste in color. Again, this design will work on any nail shape or length, and can be customized with pretty pearl decals for a touch of shimmer.

Chrome Flowers

Make the transition from summer to fall a little sweeter with these tropical flower-adorned nails. A subtle green gradient and chrome accents make this a mani that’s sure to stand out in the school hallway.

Black Flames

If you’re looking for short nail designs, this alt, chrome-embellished set is our pick. Black flames and silver chrome make for a striking contrast against almost-bare nails. Cuticle care is especially essential when you opt for a nude manicure, so be sure to keep yours nourished with the Essie on a Roll Apricot Cuticle Oil.

Blue and Blush Nails

Did you know you can DIY blush nails using only your favorite blush and a nail polish of your choice? For this design, we recommend reaching for LOVE by Essie Putting Myself First, a milky blue polish, and the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush in Confident Pink.

Subtle Chrome Tips

French tips are forever a classic, but we love the way they look in a sleek, colorful chrome. Here, a nude base is offset by shimmery, mermaidcore blue tips. 

Photo: @nailsxanalysse, Visual Designer: Juliana Campisi

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