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The Nail Trend Ideas to See Through Autumn to Winter

September 9, 2021

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The Nail Trend Ideas to See Through Autumn to Winter

Booking in for a manicure is the ultimate act of self-care. It’s an opportunity to take some time to relax and unwind. Our nail techs are our unofficial therapist, listening to our problems while giving us a new nail look. With summer changing to autumn, it’s the perfect time to book in to see your favourite nail tech and change up your look. You don’t have to say goodbye to pastel and bright shades, but it’s a chance to try out more understated nail art trends.

No outfit is complete without a coat of polish – whether you’re a fan of avant-garde nail art or a classic French manicure with a pastel twist. Whether you’re heading back into the office for the first time in months or preparing for the Halloween season, these are the autumn nail art trends for 2021.

Trust us. Any of these nail trends would look ‘peng’ on your Instagram feed. You want to make sure to bookmark this page or screenshot your favorite nail art to recreate with a DIY manicure at home or to take to your next nail appointment. Here are 13 nail art ideas to try in autumn 2021:

80s-inspired Powerpuff Girls

We love Powerpuff Girls-inspired nail art that screams 80s chic. Is there anything more fun than pastel hearts? Heart beam nails are everywhere we look on Instagram, incorporating ‘80s trends with a cartoon feel. You can keep it classic with bold red and pink hues or mix it up with warmer hues to give the look an autumn feel.

Heads in the clouds

Cloud nails are one of the biggest trends for summer 2021 and the perfect transitional nail art to see you through to autumn. These cartoon-inspired clouds are easy to recreate at home. All you need is an art brush and white polish. You can recreate the sky with a blue polish or go with darker shade to reflect the changing of the season.

Cuticle Accents

Most of us focus our nail art on the top of our nails. For autumn 2021, we’re turning this look on its head and adding the accents at the cuticles. It shows that the simplistic change can transform how your nails look. This half-moon shape is easy to recreate at home or for your nail technician to create for you, using your favourite shades. It’s best to keep your nails uniform with one classic shade and then choose a metallic colour for your accents.


This nail art trend will see you through the holiday and party season, giving you an understated but sophisticated look that works for cocktail parties, work functions, and Halloween events.

Mix and Match Your Nails

Instead of sticking to one nail art for your manicure, why not ask your nail technician to mix and match designs? Why have one look when you can have two?


This ‘60s inspired look nail art is on trend and is perfect for autumn, adding flower power as the seasons start to change. You can make the trend your own by choosing a solid colour for three nails and adding a fun pattern to your index and middle finger.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take it to the next level and wear a different colour on each nail. Your nail technician will suggest a combination of colours that work together or you can choose your favourites!

For autumn, you can focus on warm and earth-tone shades. As Halloween comes around, don’t be afraid to play with hues of orange and black for a pumpkin-inspired look.

Butterflies

Embrace your inner Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgrave with butterfly nail art this autumn. You can DIY them with nail stickers or ask your nail tech to recreate your favourite butterflies, whether you prefer a blue or pink look. You want to keep it classic wand let the butterflies pop with a pale polish as your base and a clear coat to seal it all in.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Autumn is a time of change. You might be starting college, moving abroad, or entering a new stage of life. If you want to experiment with your nail art without going out of your comfort zone, try rainbow French nails. You get the classic look of a French manicure with the modern twist of a rainbow tip. You can even take the illusion of a rainbow and instead incorporate your favourite colour palette for a personalised look.

Classic Red Shades

When in doubt, wear classic red polish. These nails are perfect for special occasions or if you need nail art that works for everything on your social calendar. You can make this look contemporary by adding in different hues of red. This monotone trend is elegant and can be swapped out with other colors like pastels or jewel hues as an accent shade.

Stars and rainbows

Y2K trends are everywhere we look, including for nail art. These stars and rainbow nails are customizable, allowing you to choose the color and star style to fit your personality. Choose your favourite color palette and mix and match the rainbow tips with star accent nails. You can use the stars as an accent on your ring finger or rotate between the two styles.

Glitter Everything

Glitter is a season-less nail art trend that we love to rock all-year long. Bring some glitter to your nails for a fun look that you can make your signature nail art. Glitter nails can add something fun to your look or help you celebrate a special occasion, whether it’s a birthday or a wedding.

Don’t want to change up your signature look too much? Take your usual choice of nail art and add a touch of glitter for a fun look.

Abstract Nail Art

One of the biggest trends in nail art right now is abstract shapes. It’s a way of taking a colour palette and making it your own, adding your personality into your nail art. You start with a classic base color and then turn it into a statement with an abstract shapes. You can keep it simple with wave-inspired lines that interlock and mix match with each other.

Your abstract shapes can come in every size and can be placed anywhere on your nails. You might decide to keep them all uniform or change the colour for each of your nail. Your nail tech will help you choose a style that works for you.

Rainbow French Tips

Do you want something but more understated look for autumn? We have just the thing! One trend we’re seeing everywhere on Instagram is coloured French tips. While pastel hues are the most popular, you can change up this trend for autumn by choosing warm shades of yellow and orange. You can choose one colors for each fingernail or keep the colors the same for each hand.

It’s an elegant look that lets you have fun with your nails without being too loud or outlandish with its finish. It’s the perfect nail art for when you’re first experimenting with colour.

The side Frenchie


For most of us, a French manicure is our go-to as an understated nail art style that will never let you down. Do you want to upgrade your classic French tips? We’ve already included a few ideas in this article, but side frenchies are the latest nail art trend to go viral. It’s all about creating a crescent moon shape to your tips, moving it off centre with a side-swoosh, thinning the polish as it travels down your nail.

70s Inspired Look


70s-inspired trends are everywhere you look right now in the beauty world. You can inject a little of the 70s bohemian look into your nail art by choosing a different style for each nail. It’s the perfect way to add personality to your look. Keep the colours palette warm to fit the autumnal season, and add in your favourite symbols, whether it’s pink polka dots or an upbeat smiley face. Flowers are a classic motif for this nail art trend, giving you a chance to add earth-tone shades for autumn into your look.

Which of these nail art trends is your favourite? Do you book yourself in for regular manicures or do you prefer to do it yourself? Let us know about your nail routine in the comments below!

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