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Fall 2018 Nail Art Ideas

Nail art ideas and color trends straight from the fall 2018 runways.

If you find yourself locked in indecision while you stare at the wall of nail polishes in your salon—you’re not alone. There are an overwhelming number of manicure possibilities. Let us help you narrow the search. Ahead, 22 of our favorite nail trends from the fall 2018 runways to inspire your next nail appointment. If nothing else, you can’t go wrong with a gold or silver metallic (it’s the new nude) or classic and shiny deep red.

1. Jeremy Scott

Manicurist Miss Pop called the nail design she created for Jeremy Scott’s alien-inspired show “cool, techno animal print.”

jeremy scott nails

2. Get The Look

Miss Pop used three shades to create the animal design: Essie Play Date, Bachelorette Bash, and Tart Deco.

Essie Fall Colors


3. Tanya Taylor

This isn’t your average French manicure. Essie nail artist Julie Kandalec was inspired by the two-tone shoes in the Tanya Taylor collection when she created this creamy white-tipped and deep blood-red nail look

Tania Taylor Essie Nails4. Tanya Taylor

“We paired interesting and unexpected colors together,” Kandalec said of the nails at Tanya Taylor. The second look was a cool mix of silver chrome with a coral tip.

Tania Taylor Essie Nails

Oscar De La Renta

The rich textures and ornate details of the Oscar De La Renta fall 2018 collection and environment inspired the dark berry shade seen on the nails. It’s a little more luxe and less expected than the classic blue-red.

oscar de la Renta Nails by Essie

6. Get The Look – Essie Nail polish, Bordeaux

The exact shade of deep burgundy used on the models at Oscar de la Renta by Kandalec.

Essie Nail polis Bordeaux

7. Sonia Rykiel

Punky black nail polish made a triumphant return at Sonia Rykiel—but if we’re being honest with ourselves, it never really went out of style.

Sonia Rykiel Nails

8. Moschino

Manicurist Miss Pop called the vibrant half-moon manicures seen at Moschino a modern take on Jackie O.

Essie Moschino Nails

9. Antonio Marras

Glossy black nails got an upgrade with one metallic-and-red nail art design backstage at Antonio Marras. Because sometimes you need to match your manicure to your eye makeup.

Antonio Marras Nails

10. Get The Look – OPI Nail Lacquer, Black Onyx,

Choose a black nail polish that creamy, opaque, and glossy—then be diligent about cleaning up any chips or smudges since every scuff is more noticeable when the color is this dark.

OPI Nail Lacquer Black Onyx

11. Cushnie Et Ochs

Glitter isn’t just a trend in makeup. At Cushnie et Ochs, Kandalec filed nails into a square tip, then traced a metallic glitter polish across the tips like a French manicure. The square shape makes it look more graphic, she says.

Essie Cushnie Et Ochs

12. Peter Pilotto

Nothing is as classic as a blue-red manicure—but it looks even cooler when paired with an unexpected wash of eyeshadow.

Peter Pilotto Nails

13. Gareth Pugh

At Gareth Pugh, cobalt blue nails were done in an extra-long length, with a negative space cut-out along the tips.

Gareth Pugh Nails

14. Eudon Choi

The new nude isn’t nude at all, but rather a cool mix of brown and gray that looks great on all skin tones.

Eudon Choi Nails

15. Cividini

Another matchy-matchy eye and nail look: metallic olive was the color of choice backstage at Cividini.

Cividini nails

16. Get The Look

Faby Usa Nail Polish in Glittering Chlorophyll
The olive green nail polish used backstage at Cividini was from vegan nail polish line Faby.

Faby Usa Nail Polish in Glittering Chlorophyll

17. Brandon Maxwell

Models at Brandon Maxwell had their nails done pretty in pink using Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro nail polish in Love at First Sight. The pale pink shade isn’t a sheer wash of color, but rather a declaration of sweet femininity.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro nail polish in Love at First Sight.

Brandon Maxwell Nails

18. Creatures of Comfort

Three-dimensional embellishments on the nails continued to trend backstage at Creatures of Comfort. It’s not the most practical look (the gems will likely fall off in a day or two) but it’s definitely Instagram-worthy.

Creatures of Comfort Nails

19. Creatures of Comfort

If you can’t decide on one glitter polish, just use them all. Getting this look from Creatures of Comfort is messy: after painting on a base coat of polish, pour a mix of fine glitter across each nail, changing the colors as you go. Your nails will be dry just in time for you to start vacuuming.

20. Kate Spade

The models at Kate Spade wore a sweet and feminine pinky nude polish that gets bonus points for disguising minor chips.

Kate Spade Nails

21. Get The Look

Deborah Lippmann Shape Of My Heart Nail Color

The perfect pale pink shade that was used on the nails at Kate Spade’s fall runway show.

Deborah Lippmann Shape Of My Heart Nail Color

22. Phillip Lim

While the fall 2018 Phillip Lim collection was inspired by ’80s Versace, the nails took an earthier approach. Backstage, one of the shades manicurist Jin Soon used was the shade Charade, a smoky teal, from her eponymous collection.

23. Phillip Lim

We bet this unusual shade is a take on the dark nail trend you haven’t tried yet: dark olive green, as seen backstage at Phillip Lim.

Jin Soon nail polish in Austere

Phillip Lim Nails.

24. Tibi

At Tibi, the nail look was all in the details. From far away it looked like the models just had a pale pink manicure. But on closer look the half-moon toward the cuticle came into vision, as did the single pop of orange-red color on the ring finger.

Tibi Nails

25. Nina Ricci

It doesn’t get more glam than a fiery red polish painted on long almond-shaped nails.

OPI Living On The Bula-Vard Nail Polish

Nina Ricci Nails


26. Marc Jacobs

At Marc Jacobs, models wore one of nine new jewel-tone nail polishes from Marc Jacobs Beauty. The nails coordinated with both the eyeshadow and brims of the models’ wide hats.

Marc Jacobs Nails

27. Get The Look

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer Set – Fall Runway Edition
Two metallic jewel-tone polishes inspired by the nails seen on teh fall runway.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer Set

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