10 Nail Polish Shades That Are Perfect For This Weekend’s Fall Pedicure

Megan Decker
·4 mins read

The best part about getting dressed this time of year is that you can wear just about anything in your closet. You're no longer limited to the most lightweight floral maxi dress you own because you'll sweat through anything else (paired with sneakers, because you'll slide right out of sandals). The cooler temps mean you can throw on the vintage jeans you haven't worn since February, paired with any cardigan, and your favorite transitional peep-toe mules or slides. The only thing that might need an update is your toenail polish.

For most of us, that means taking a cotton ball and polish remover to our chipping polish — be it the white, baby pink you loved in August — and popping on a more autumnal shade. If you're not sure what that should be, we asked the pros to break down the best pedicure shades for fall 2020, ahead.

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<h3>Bright Red</h3><br>The great thing about a red pedicure is that it's seasonless. Even if you wore it throughout the summer, you can double down for fall — just make sure you pick a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/12/218579/best-red-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:true red" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">true red</a> with a high-gloss finish, like this polish by Auda B. <br><br><strong>AudaB</strong> The First Lady, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Faudabbeauty.com%2Fproducts%2Fthe-first-lady" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AudaB" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">AudaB</a>

Bright Red


The great thing about a red pedicure is that it's seasonless. Even if you wore it throughout the summer, you can double down for fall — just make sure you pick a true red with a high-gloss finish, like this polish by Auda B.

AudaB The First Lady, $, available at AudaB
<h3>Chocolate Brown</h3><br>Pedicure trends tend to mirror their manicure counterpart. So, if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck when polish shopping, take a cue from <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/brown-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kate Hudson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kate Hudson</a> and grab a bottle of dark, glossy brown for your inaugural fall mani-pedi.<br><br><strong>Mented Cosmetics</strong> Mented Cosmetics Nude Nail Collection, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mentedcosmetics.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail%2Fproducts%2Fnude-nail-lacquer%3Fvariant%3D36718173448" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mented Cosmetics" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mented Cosmetics</a>

Chocolate Brown


Pedicure trends tend to mirror their manicure counterpart. So, if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck when polish shopping, take a cue from Kate Hudson and grab a bottle of dark, glossy brown for your inaugural fall mani-pedi.

Mented Cosmetics Mented Cosmetics Nude Nail Collection, $, available at Mented Cosmetics
<h3>Navy Blue</h3><br>The best part about a shiny <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/navy-blue-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:navy-blue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">navy-blue</a> pedi is that it looks great on every skin tone, which is one of the reasons it will be trendy this fall. The other reason is that the deeper jewel tone feels moody and chic, but more dimensional than black.<br><br><strong>Mischo</strong> #NYFW, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mischobeauty.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Fnyfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mischo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mischo</a>

Navy Blue


The best part about a shiny navy-blue pedi is that it looks great on every skin tone, which is one of the reasons it will be trendy this fall. The other reason is that the deeper jewel tone feels moody and chic, but more dimensional than black.

Mischo #NYFW, $, available at Mischo
<h3>Rich Burgundy</h3><br>Dark purple <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/burgundy-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:burgundies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">burgundies</a> are a fall classic. This specific bottle by Pear Nova pick is a foolproof sophisticated red-wine shade with a subtle hint of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/glitter-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sparkle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sparkle</a>.<br><br><strong>Pear Nova</strong> Rub My Temples, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pearnova.com%2Fproduct%2Frub-my-temples%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pear Nova" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pear Nova</a>

Rich Burgundy


Dark purple burgundies are a fall classic. This specific bottle by Pear Nova pick is a foolproof sophisticated red-wine shade with a subtle hint of sparkle.

Pear Nova Rub My Temples, $, available at Pear Nova
<h3>Baby Blue</h3><br>When you want something light, but <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/light-pink-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ballerina pink" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ballerina pink</a> feels too soft, a glossy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/light-blue-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pastel blue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pastel blue</a> is the move. Plus, consider it the best pick to show off what remains of your <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-self-tanner-reviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:summer tan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">summer tan</a> in September.<br><br><strong>Suite Eleven</strong> East Coast West Coast, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suiteleven.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Feast-coast-west-coast" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Suite Eleven" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Suite Eleven</a>

Baby Blue


When you want something light, but ballerina pink feels too soft, a glossy pastel blue is the move. Plus, consider it the best pick to show off what remains of your summer tan in September.

Suite Eleven East Coast West Coast, $, available at Suite Eleven
<h3>Olive Green</h3><br>Whether you call it army or olive, earthy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/green-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:shades of green" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">shades of green</a> are taking over the trend reports this fall, according to editorial nail artist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/betina_goldstein/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Betina Goldstein" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Betina Goldstein</a>. For toes, we're especially into this deep green from <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/241891/opi-fall-nail-polish-colors-2019" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI's Scotland collection" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI's Scotland collection</a>. <br><br><strong>OPI Infinite Shine</strong> OPI Nail Polish in Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fscotland-infinite-shine-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2008445%26sku%3D2551037%26cmpid%3DPS_Non%21google%21Product_Listing_Ads%26cagpspn%3Dpla%26CATCI%3Dpla-294680686006%26CAAGID%3D18002902230%26CAWELAID%3D330000200001809145%26CATARGETID%3D330000200001332369%26cadevice%3Dc%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMIr--Xi_nL5AIVhv_jBx0KlAOJEAQYAiABEgIwoPD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Olive Green


Whether you call it army or olive, earthy shades of green are taking over the trend reports this fall, according to editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein. For toes, we're especially into this deep green from OPI's Scotland collection.

OPI Infinite Shine OPI Nail Polish in Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>Milky Beige<br></h3> <br>Before it's officially boots season, you can't go wrong with a light, but nuanced, neutral. We love this milky beige by Olive & June because it's a little white and a little pink, but both are cool and subdued, making it less summery.<br><br><strong>Olive & June</strong> Olive and June Nail Polish in RP, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foliveandjune.com%2Fproducts%2Frp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olive & June" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Olive & June</a>

Milky Beige


Before it's officially boots season, you can't go wrong with a light, but nuanced, neutral. We love this milky beige by Olive & June because it's a little white and a little pink, but both are cool and subdued, making it less summery.

Olive & June Olive and June Nail Polish in RP, $, available at Olive & June
<h3>Burnt Orange</h3><br>According to nail pro and Jin Soon founder <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jinsoonchoi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jin Soon Choi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jin Soon Choi</a>, shades of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/06/235833/orange-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:orange" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">orange</a> will be everywhere this fall. "This polish, called Koi, is the perfect transitional shade because it's not too bright, and shares shade similarity to the autumn leaves," Choi says.<br><br><strong>JINsoon</strong> Koi Nail Polish, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjinsoon.com%2Fkoi%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:JinSoon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">JinSoon</a>

Burnt Orange


According to nail pro and Jin Soon founder Jin Soon Choi, shades of orange will be everywhere this fall. "This polish, called Koi, is the perfect transitional shade because it's not too bright, and shares shade similarity to the autumn leaves," Choi says.

JINsoon Koi Nail Polish, $, available at JinSoon
<h3>Slate Gray</h3><br>Instead of a soft, creamy gray, consider a darker slate tone for your toes. "I love this CND Asphalt shade for a dark-gray pedicure," Choi says. "It's a little unexpected — a grunge or hipster vibe — but also feels sleek and sophisticated at the same time."<br><br><strong>CND</strong> Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fcnd-vinylux-weekly-nail-polish-color-101-asphalt-0-5-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-52918834" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Slate Gray


Instead of a soft, creamy gray, consider a darker slate tone for your toes. "I love this CND Asphalt shade for a dark-gray pedicure," Choi says. "It's a little unexpected — a grunge or hipster vibe — but also feels sleek and sophisticated at the same time."

CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish, $, available at Target
<h3><strong>Black Ink</strong></h3><br><a href="https://www.instagram.com/ritaremark/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rita Remark" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rita Remark</a>, Essie's global lead educator, tells us that you can never go wrong with a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-black-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:full-shine black pedi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">full-shine black pedi</a>. "I love a black pedicure because it's bold, but will also work with whatever you're wearing," she explains. "Essie's Licorice is a glossy patent-leather black that's perfect." <br><br><strong>Essie</strong> essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GXW0VBC?th=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Black Ink


Rita Remark, Essie's global lead educator, tells us that you can never go wrong with a full-shine black pedi. "I love a black pedicure because it's bold, but will also work with whatever you're wearing," she explains. "Essie's Licorice is a glossy patent-leather black that's perfect."

Essie essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $, available at Amazon
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