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Always on the lookout for nail inspiration? Last Autumn was all about optical-illusion French tips, mesmerising 70s swirls, and of course, Hailey Bieber’s infamous glazed donut nails.

So, we’re here to tell you some of this year’s trending Autumn nail ideas to make your next mani one for the ‘gram!

7 Must-Try Autumn Nail Ideas for 2023

Matte vs Shiny

If you want to make an unmissable statement, this is one of the season’s nail trends you cannot overlook. Go wild and take it right back to the early 2010s with an all-over matte top coat, or create a combo of both soft matte and super shiny polish.

The best part? You can achieve this wearable trend with any nail colour, whether keeping it classy with nudes and neutrals, or opting for something bright and bold.

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Velvet Nails

A TikTok sensation, velvet nails complete any look with their ultra-luxe, expensive aesthetic. All it takes is a magnetic polish and a miniature magnet to create otherworldly swirls and shimmers that beautifully catch the light at every angle!

Pink Glazed Nails

It’s no surprise that Hailey Bieber’s world renowned glazed nail trend is back – only this time with a Barbiecore twist. We’re expecting bubblegum hues, pastels, and everything in between finished with a glorious shimmer to be one of the season’s hottest nail trends.

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Micro French

As chic and sophisticated as the classic French manicure is, there’s a new mani on the block this Autumn – the micro French.

This trend involves creating a thin, barely there tip along the edge of the nail. Try shaping the nails into a square for a seamless look with an undeniably expensive touch. And be creative – embrace the colours of the season with a rich berry red or deep emerald green instead of the infamous white polish.

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Your Nails But Better

Consider this one of the most understated Autumn nail trends for 2023. Creating that luxurious old money vibe, it’s all about the prep and maintenance, and much less about creating a one-of-a-kind statement.

Focus on creating a clean, flawless cuticle by trimming back hangnails, and invest time to file the nails into a soft, natural shape. The polish colour should blend effortlessly with your skin tone. And as far as maintenance goes – cuticle oil is your bestie.


What better time to go for dark, moody nails than during the Autumn months? A black gel polish is not only timelessly sophisticated, but super easy to wear. And there are endless ways to create the Gothcore look, too – keep it low-key with a micro French or experiment with varying top coats for a bold finish.

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Metallic Details

Loving the grunge look? Adding metallic elements to your mani, such as a dainty chain, is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it nail trend for Autumn 2023. However, there’s no denying this bold look levels up your entire aesthetic.

All you need is a sheer nude or clear gel polish to create a healthy-looking base. A tiny dot of nail glue will allow you to add the hardware without compromising the polish.

How to Create Trending Autumn Nail Ideas

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