16 of The Best Fall Nail Colors For Deeper Skin Tones

Who’s ready for fall! I kinda am. I’m ready for sweaters, boots, falling leaves, and changes in color palettes. There is something about fall colors that I just really like and get excited about.

Because I like fall colors so much, one day I started browsing Pinterest and beauty brand sites to see what colors are trending for fall this year. What I found was interesting because it seems the trends are a bit all over the board.

nail polish bottles with fall colors.
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Some nail brands are still doing dark saturated shades for fall. Others have released shade colors that are brighter than typical fall colors and look more like summer colors. Some nail brands are leaning a little more into pastels.

Because there doesn’t seem to be just one direction for the nail color trends this year I decided to pull out the shades that I liked, stood out to me, and would look good against darker skin tones.

In addition to your traditional nail polish, I’ve also included nail strips on this list for those who don’t want to mess with nail polish or want to jazz up their nail look without going to the salon.


Red is a pretty typical nail color that is good to use all year round. I found some great red shades that I would love to rock this fall.

Essie Bold and Boulder: This is a burgundy red shade from Essie’s 2022 Fall Nail Polish Collection.

CND VINYLUX Decadence: I feel like this shade's name fits the shade color perfectly. This red nail polish shade is a CND VINYLUX Long Wear Nail Polish

Sally Hansen ASAP Apple: This is a red that I typically would associate with summer but it can be worn all year even in the fall. This shade is a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color.


Orange is pretty much the IT color for fall so I couldn’t imagine putting this list together and not including it.

Dashing Diva Fallen Leaves Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Palette: This set of nail strips includes a warm burnt orange as a base shade and manicure accents of gold metallic foil and multi-colored maple leaves.

Essie Risk Takers Only: This is a vibrant orange nail polish with red undertones that is part of the Essie 2022 Fall Nail Polish Collection. I personally think it’s very pretty.

OPI Yank My Doodle: This is pretty copper orange which is a perfect fall color. This polish is part of the OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear collection.


Since brown is one of the secondary fall colors I wanted to make sure I included it. Plus, this season there are so many different shades of brown available. From deep chocolate browns to more muted nudes.

Sally Hansen Tea Time: This pretty brown shade is part of the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Staycation Nail Polish Collection. As a bonus, this polish includes argan oil which is supposed to provide intense hydration and nourishment.

Plaid Reputation Wool You Love Me?: This polish from the Plaid Reputation Nail Lacquer Collection is called a dusty sand creme.

OPI Humidi-Tea: This is a nude shimmer. It’s very pretty and a good way to use a nail shade in the brown color family but don’t want to go too dark and would like a little shimmer.

Dashing Diva Chocolate Kiss: These are semi-cured rich chocolate brown gel nail strips with mega volume & a sheer finish. The brown color is so rich!

I would typically associate green with spring but when I saw these deep and rich green shades I changed my mind.

Essie Meet Me at Midnight: This olive green is from the Essie Fall 2023 Nail Polish Collection.

Sally Hansen Mint Refresh: This minty green is what I would consider a non-traditional nail shade for fall. It’s from the Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. line which is Sally Hansen’s first plant-based, 100% vegan nail polish.

OPI Things I've Seen in Aber-green: This is considered an edgy green.


I love a good gray nail shade and I just realized they are a perfect nail shade for fall. So I decided to include a few more options than I did for the other colors.

Olive & June Gray: This is a brand sold at Target. Their shade names are pretty simple and straightforward like this one for their lone gray shade. This polish shade is considered to be a warm-toned gray.

OPI Clean Slate: Gotta throw some metallic shades on the list and of the metallic fall shades I’ve seen, The Opi Clean Slate from the Fall Wonders Nail Lacquer Collection is so pretty. It’s considered a dark metallic gray.

Dashing Diva Cement Grey: These are cool gray gel nail strips featuring ultra-luxe marbled accents swirled with gold foil elements.

What nail shades do you plan to wear this fall?