We’re Obsessed With These Neutral Nail Polish Shades for Fall

September 30, 2022
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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As much as we love a good neon mani moment every now and then, there’s something so refreshing about wearing a neutral nail color. Nudes, soft browns and light pinks look crisp and polished — not to mention, you don’t have to worry about the colors clashing with your outfit. If you’re looking for a classic, barely-there nail polish shade to match the moody hues of fall, we rounded up seven of our favorites ahead.

Essie Paintbrush It Off

A warm, tan-almost-brown shade, this polish conjures daydreams of pumpkin patch outings and crunching leaves under boots. It’s opaque with a shiny finish, so you shouldn’t need too many coats.

Mented Cosmetics Yes We Tan

This rich brown color feels super fitting for fall. It’s also the perfect barely-there choice for darker skin tones.

Essie Hike It Up

From Essie’s latest fall collection, this nail polish is a chic, creamy tan. Whether your fall plans consist of long hikes admiring the foliage or nights out on the town with your besties, you can rock this versatile shade.

Olive & June MG

This desert-inspired terracotta is perfect for all skin tones. If you have a darker skin tone, it appears as the perfect warm nude. For those who are more fair, it’s slightly more noticeable, but it’s still soft and neutral.

Essie Off the Grid

This is another earthy, nature-inspired offering from Essie. We love the darker hue of this mushroom brown polish with gray-green undertones. You can wear it all the way into the winter and still be in style.

Essie Cut It Out

If you prefer a lighter color on your nails and dread the switch to moodier manicures in the fall, this polish is for you. Still seasonally appropriate without being dark, this cool gray shade will go with any and every outfit.

Aila Cosmetics Namaste

This soft brown color has mauve undertones for when you want to incorporate the subtlest hint of pink without going into bubblegum territory. There’s also a slight shimmer, because neutral does not have to mean boring.

Design: Juliana Campisi

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