9 Manicure Trends That Will Be Everywhere in Autumn, According to Nail Experts

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It may sound premature to say that we're already starting to fine-tune our autumn shopping lists, but with the British summer flip-flopping between 30-degree heat and nonstop downpours, we're frankly feeling ready to embrace the season ahead. Of course, with a new season comes a slew of new trends to take note of—both in fashion and in beauty—and while we've already pinpointed the autumn trends that you're going to see everywhere, it's time to dig into the details. First stop: nails. And more specifically, the nine autumn nail trends that are going to be everywhere next season.

Sure, we can get a pretty good steer on cool micro nail trends by scrolling through Instagram, but nothing beats an expert opinion, which is why we tapped some of our favourite pros for their predictions on the nail trends that will dominate the beauty world in autumn 2021.

Below, you'll find nine autumn nail trends that will make your next manicure anything but boring.

1. Leopard Print

"Who doesn’t love a little leopard print? The colours work so well for autumn, and it’s a relatively simple look to re-create at home," says Carla Opoku, founder of Cienna Rose. "I think having just a vertical stripe of print gives it a cool vibe rather than just having the entire nail in leopard print."

Get the look:

Cienna Rose Nail Lacquer in Latte Break (£9)

"To get the look, try a pale-pinky base coat then a latte-coloured vertical stripe of Latte Break down the middle," suggests Opoku.

Essie Nail Colour 88 Licorice Nail Polish (£8)

Finish by applying a few dots of black nail polish.

2. '70s Swirls

"We’ll be taking inspiration from classic Pucci prints and decorating our nails in wavy designs and swirly patterns," predicts Opoku. "Go for autumnal shades in mocha, taupe, spiced pumpkin and maroon."

Get the look:

Nails Inc Hustle In Hackney Quick Drying Nail Polish (£8)

A rich, autumnal taupe acts as the perfect base shade or complementary hue to brighter colours.

NailKind Lava Love (£9)

This flaming orange shade leans into the '70s vibes and is surprisingly wearable.

3. Minimalist Metallics

"Metallics always make a bit of a return come autumn, but this season, they’ll be very pared-back and minimal," explains Opoku. "Muted bases in pinks and beige tones will just have a smattering of sparkle or foil, making nails look very chic and wearable—a minimalist mani at its finest!"

Get the look:

Manucurist Nail Polish - Gold Sand (£14)

Layer up this iridescent yellow-gold for a full-on metallic shine, or apply just one coat for a sheer hint of colour.

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in Pink Ice (£4)

This chrome-effect nail polish has serious shine appeal.

4. Matte Textures

"Matte nails are having a moment, but for those who aren't ready to brave the full nail art look, you can wear a hint of the texture as a French tip or a detail," explains Dani Bailey, award-winning nail artist and OPI nail boss. "It will elevate a basic mani in a really cool way."

Get the look:

OPI Matte Top Coat (£14)

Transform any glossy nail polish into a shine-free autumnal shade with this mattifying top coat from OPI.

OPI My Studio's On Spring Nail Lacquer (£14)

Bailey thinks this shade is "matte heaven" when paired with the top coat.

5. Neutral Tones

"Nudes never go out of fashion, and natural skin tones are amazing for autumn," explains Bailey. "Shape-wise, most people came out of lockdown wanting a more low-key approach to shape and length. Obviously, there are still the more adventurous clients out there, but as a tendency, the long stilettos did give way to the shorter squovals. I do think there will be a big return of the almonds soon, though!"

Get the look:

Max Factor Masterpiece Xpress Nail Polish Nude'itude (£6)

A timeless, pared-back peach that looks great on everyone.

Peacci Nu Nudes Nail Polish in Brunette (£8)

This mid-toned brown looks so chic.

6. Khaki Green

According to the mani experts at Nailberry, there's going to be one unexpected colour on everyone's nails this autumn: khaki green. "Cool, contemporary and surprisingly neutral, khaki is the new black," they predict.

Get the look:

Nailberry Love You Very Matcha (£15)

"We are confident this is going to be one of Nailberry’s most sought-after shades this autumn," a representative for the brand predicts.

Makeup Revolution Express Nail Polish Camo Green (£4)

This khaki green is undeniably cool.

7. Deep Opulence

One of Hully's favourite colours is Nailberry's Noirberry—a deep, blackish-red that looks set to take off next season. Look for ultra-opaque and totally opulent reds, greens and navies at the darkest end of the colour spectrum for a sophisticated autumn manicure.

Get the look:

Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection Nail Colour in Burgundy Night (£35)

You can't get more classic than this deep, dark red from Jimmy Choo.

Nailberry Nail Lacquer in Noirberry (£15)

This high-shine polish just screams autumn.

8. Mix-and-Match Hues

Soho salon Snail & Hare predicts that this autumn's manicures will be inspired by the same colour palettes as the autumn 2021 runway collections. Manicurists will be "layering in shades of green, blue and brown as well as neutrals and contrast colours." But it isn't just about the nail polish shades used, it's about the design too. "Abstract nail designs, like the ones created here, are the most popular at the moment."

Get the look:

Nails Inc Keep It Tonal (£22)

A spectrum of autumn-ready shades that work together tonally but look just as great when worn alone.

Barry M Custom Velvet Nail Paint Gift Set (£18)

This array of autumnal hues comes in a velvety-matte finish so you can embrace two seasonal nail trends at once.

9. Negative Space

"The autumn/winter nail colours are amazing, but people will be contrasting colours with negative space next season," explains Loretta Walker, OPI nail boss. "Geometric lines will also be super popular as we move into the next season."

Get the look:

OPI 7th & Flower Nail Lacquer (£14)

A negative-space mani allows space to play with more vibrant shades, like this bright magenta from OPI's Downtown L.A. collection.

Dior Vernis Couture Colour Nail Lacquer in Rouge Cinema (£22)

This spicy orange-red is perfect for transitioning into autumn.

Up next, eight lesser-known nail trends that are going to be huge.

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