The Orange Manicure Makes For A Chic Entry Into Fall

Megan Decker
·3 mins read

Orange tends to be a divisive color, but even if you've declared everything with a detectable apricot undertone out-of-bounds for autumn, one look at fall's freshest manis — complete with pops of pumpkin and sparkly cinnamon accents — might change your mind.

When it does, we've rounded up our current favorite bottled-up oranges, all of which will deliver the most flattering burnished glow to your fingers and toes. From rusted terra cotta and honey mustard to brighter tangerine and mandarin, find your foolproof guide to the best orange nail polish, ahead.

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<h3>OPI My Italian Is A Little Rusty</h3><br>If you're looking for an orange that stops just short of pumpkin, go for <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9962271/opi-fall-nail-polish-colors-collection-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI's fall-perfect blend" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI's fall-perfect blend</a> of cinnamon and caramel.<br><br><strong>OPI</strong> My Italian is a Little Rusty, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.opi.com%2Fshop-products%2Fnail-polish-powders%2Flong-lasting-nail-polish%2Fmy-italian-is-a-little-rusty" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI</a>

OPI My Italian Is A Little Rusty


If you're looking for an orange that stops just short of pumpkin, go for OPI's fall-perfect blend of cinnamon and caramel.

OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty, $, available at OPI
<h3>Pear Nova It's Summer Somewhere</h3><br>At the sweet spot between <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/coral-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coral" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coral</a> and autumnal orange lives this Pear Nova polish. Consider it the perfect color to match your endless-summer mood.<br><br><strong>Pear Nova</strong> It’s Summer Somewhere, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pearnova.com%2Fproduct%2Fits-summer-somewhere%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pear Nova" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pear Nova</a>

Pear Nova It's Summer Somewhere


At the sweet spot between coral and autumnal orange lives this Pear Nova polish. Consider it the perfect color to match your endless-summer mood.

Pear Nova It’s Summer Somewhere, $, available at Pear Nova
<h3>Habit Cosmetics 42 Cavalier</h3><br>Not only is this honey-mustard orange a fashionable add to your polish collection, the formula is <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-non-toxic-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:non-toxic and vegan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">non-toxic and vegan</a>, and the cute bamboo-capped bottle is sustainably packaged using post-recycled plastic.<br><br><strong>Habit Cosmetics</strong> Non-Toxic + Vegan Nail Polish in 42 Cavalier, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.habitcosmetics.com%2Fcollections%2Fhabit-cosmetics-nail-polish%2Fproducts%2F42-cavalier%3Fvariant%3D24907501648" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Habit Cosmetics" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Habit Cosmetics</a>

Habit Cosmetics 42 Cavalier


Not only is this honey-mustard orange a fashionable add to your polish collection, the formula is non-toxic and vegan, and the cute bamboo-capped bottle is sustainably packaged using post-recycled plastic.

Habit Cosmetics Non-Toxic + Vegan Nail Polish in 42 Cavalier, $, available at Habit Cosmetics
<h3>Essie Don't Be Spotted</h3><br>This cheetah-orange shade from <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9974970/essie-fall-nail-polish-colors-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Essie's fall collection" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Essie's fall collection</a> is infused with flecks of glitter to give your mani a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/pearl-nail-polish-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pearlescent" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pearlescent</a> finish. <br><br><strong>Essie</strong> don't be spotted, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.essie.com%2Fnail-polish%2Fenamel%2Foranges%2Fdont-be-spotted" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Essie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Essie</a>

Essie Don't Be Spotted


This cheetah-orange shade from Essie's fall collection is infused with flecks of glitter to give your mani a pearlescent finish.

Essie don't be spotted, $, available at Essie
<h3>Janet & Jo The Phoenix</h3><br>If you bottled up the iPhone fire emoji, it would melt down to this color. The opaque, fiery red really pops, and flatters every skin tone. <br><br><strong>Janet & Jo</strong> The Phoenix, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.janetandjo.com%2Fproduct-page%2Fthe-phoenix" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Janet & Jo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Janet & Jo</a>

Janet & Jo The Phoenix


If you bottled up the iPhone fire emoji, it would melt down to this color. The opaque, fiery red really pops, and flatters every skin tone.

Janet & Jo The Phoenix, $, available at Janet & Jo
<h3>Auda B Paradise Sunset Blvd</h3><br>One coat of this glossy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/peach-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:peach polish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">peach polish</a> will give you a your-nails-but-better shine, while three will give you a more pigmented opaque finish.<br><br><strong>AudaB</strong> Paradise Sunset Blvd, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Faudabbeauty.com%2Fproducts%2Fparadise-sunset-blvd" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AudaB" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">AudaB</a>

Auda B Paradise Sunset Blvd


One coat of this glossy peach polish will give you a your-nails-but-better shine, while three will give you a more pigmented opaque finish.

AudaB Paradise Sunset Blvd, $, available at AudaB
<h3>Polish & Co Dreamsicle</h3><br>Creamsicle might sound too summer-y, but this polish actually has a hint of a warm-red undertone that gives it a foliage vibe.<br><br><strong>Polish & Co</strong> Dreamsicle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpolishandco.com%2Fdreamsicle%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Polish & Co" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Polish & Co</a>

Polish & Co Dreamsicle


Creamsicle might sound too summer-y, but this polish actually has a hint of a warm-red undertone that gives it a foliage vibe.

Polish & Co Dreamsicle, $, available at Polish & Co
<h3>Sally Hansen Sunkissed </h3><br>If you're <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-sunless-tanners" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:self-tanning" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">self-tanning</a> in September, give your nails a similar treatment with this $3 shade by Sally Hansen.<br><br><strong>Sally Hansen</strong> Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish - 0.4 fl oz, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fsally-hansen-xtreme-wear-nail-color-329-150-sunkissed-0-4-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-13332903%3Fref%3Dtgt_adv_XS000000%26AFID%3Dgoogle_pla_df%26fndsrc%3Dtgtao%26CPNG%3DPLA_Beauty%252BPersonal%2BCare%252BShopping_Local%26adgroup%3DSC_Health%252BBeauty%26LID%3D700000001170770pgs%26network%3Dg%26device%3Dc%26location%3D9060351%26ds_rl%3D1246978%26ds_rl%3D1248099%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMI35D6jr_w6wIVhpyzCh2PLQztEAQYASABEgLqAvD_BwE%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Sally Hansen Sunkissed


If you're self-tanning in September, give your nails a similar treatment with this $3 shade by Sally Hansen.

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish - 0.4 fl oz, $, available at Target
<h3>Smith & Cult Tang Bang<br></h3><br>This deep orange is <em>so</em> much easier on the eyes than the artificially-flavored astronaut drink of a very similar name.<br><br><strong>Smith & Cult</strong> Nail Polish in Tang Bang, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smith-Cult-Nail-Polish/dp/B0722XL41X?th=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Smith & Cult Tang Bang


This deep orange is so much easier on the eyes than the artificially-flavored astronaut drink of a very similar name.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Tang Bang, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Chanel 560 Coquillage <br></h3><br>This peach with a hint of golden iridescence is the chicest way to bring a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/pastel-nail-polish-colors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pastel tone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pastel tone</a> into the fall season.<br><br><strong>Chanel</strong> LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chanel.com%2Fus%2Fmakeup%2Fp%2F159745%2Fle-vernis-longwear-nail-colour%2F%3Fgclid%3DEAIaIQobChMIxYzsuMDw6wIVErbICh3PfAZHEAQYAyABEgIYNfD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chanel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chanel</a>

Chanel 560 Coquillage


This peach with a hint of golden iridescence is the chicest way to bring a pastel tone into the fall season.

Chanel LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour, $, available at Chanel
<h3>Paintbox Like Spice<br></h3><br>A burnished terra cotta like this brick shade by <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/06/235384/paintbox-nail-polish-power-couples-collection" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Paintbox" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Paintbox</a> may be the most understated way to approach an orange mani.<br><br><strong>Paintbox</strong> Nail Lacquer in Like Spice, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpaint-box.com%2Fproducts%2Flike-spice%23locklink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Paintbox" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Paintbox</a>

Paintbox Like Spice


A burnished terra cotta like this brick shade by Paintbox may be the most understated way to approach an orange mani.

Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice, $, available at Paintbox
<h3>Christian Louboutin Beauty Crosta Meteor</h3><br>When we ask nail pros to name their favorite <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/neon-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:neon nail polish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">neon nail polish</a> — be it <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-pink-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:neoprene pink" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">neoprene pink</a> or this traffic-cone orange — this pointy, calligraphy-style bottle courtesy of Christian Louboutin always earns a mention. <br><br><strong>Christian Louboutin Beauty</strong> Nail Polish - Crosta Meteor, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fchristian-louboutin-beauty%2Fnail-polish-crosta-meteor%2F1080585%23%3A%7E%3Atext%3DChristian%2520Louboutin%2520Beauty%2520celebrates%2520the%2Cformula%2520and%2520patented%2520triangular%2520brush." rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>

Christian Louboutin Beauty Crosta Meteor


When we ask nail pros to name their favorite neon nail polish — be it neoprene pink or this traffic-cone orange — this pointy, calligraphy-style bottle courtesy of Christian Louboutin always earns a mention.

Christian Louboutin Beauty Nail Polish - Crosta Meteor, $, available at Net-A-Porter

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