Nail Polish Shades to Make the Transition From Summer to Fall a Bit More Colorful

While the summer-meets-fall intersection can be tricky to navigate on the clothing front, there’s an easy way to make the jump when it comes to beauty. Simply switch up your nail polish colors. Making the switch is cost-effective and an instant mood-booster. Plus, you can score stellar shades for under $5 so you can change things up every single day of the week. Or every few hours. We won’t judge.

You may think that summer calls strictly for bright shades and fall demands darker hues, but it’s really not that cut and dry. Everything from eye-catching pinks to neutrals perfect for French manis to borderline neon hues can all still hold their own straight through September. But if you’re looking for something a tad deeper, opt for rich wine shades, more mellow yellows, bold blues and gorgeous grays. (Gray is set to be the color of fall, after all.)

Read on to discover the nail polish colors that will make the transition to fall a whole lot easier. Still looking to hold on to a bit of summer? Rock these colors on your toes as well for a matchy-matchy vibe.

Smith & Cult

Nail Polish in Poppy Papi, $18 at Smith & Cult

The orange-red shade is vibrant enough for summer, but moody enough for fall.


Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Melody, $28 at Chanel

A sea blue that’ll let you hold on to summer a little longer.


Fall 2020 Trend Nail Polish in Swing of Things, $8.99 at Target

Save the ruby reds for later and rock a bright burgundy right now.


Nail Lacquer in Like Lush, $22 at Paintbox

Embrace the move to (slightly) cooler temps with this golden green polish.


Nail Polish in Prim, $18 at JINsoon

Wait till winter to wear snow white. But sport this whitish beige immediately.


Nail Polish in Kristie, $10 at Zoya

Transition seamlessly via a deep magenta hue that really pops.

Red Carpet Manicure

French Kiss Led Gel Nail Polish Collection in Very Versailles, $10.99 atUlta Beauty

This copper is the perfect metallic shade to take into fall.


Nail Lacquer in Galleria Vittorio Violet, $10.50 at OPI

Looking for a little glitz? This amethyst and violet mix hits the spot.

Deborah Lippmann

Gel Lab Pro Color in Warm Whispers, $20 at Deborah Lippmann

If you’re thinking pink, make sure you opt for a darker take.

Sally Hansen

Good.Kind.Pure. Nail Polish in Sun-Tastic, $4.70 at Walmart

There’s no need to skip yellow this time of year. Just go with a more mellow take.


Nail Polish in Strong, $10.50 at Ella+Mila

This sheer polish featuring a brown-mauve tint lets you (barely) go nude.


Nail Polish in Auspicious, $18 at JINsoon

Now that you know gray is the color of fall, it only makes sense to stock up on this gray lavender shade.


Pure Cover Nail Paint in Saguaro, $12 at Orosa

An emerald-like cactus green actually works all year long.

Olive & June

7-Free Nail Polish in LD, $8 at Olive & June

A darker spin on a neutral with rosy highlights.

Smith & Cult

Nail Polish in Feed the Rich, $20 atNet-a-Porter

You’ll want to apply two coats to get the richest version of this opaque dark teal.

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