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The best nail polish colors for fall, according to manicurists

So long, summer!
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As the temperature cools down and the leaves begin to change colors, we’ve got one thing on our mind: fall manicures! After months of rocking bright neons and delicate pastels, we're ready for a change of pace.

When it comes to fall nail colors, the name of the game is depth and dimension — and we're on the hunt for the perfect nail polish to achieve the look. We consulted top manicurists to find out what colors they're craving this season. From deep green and navy to bright orange and gray, these are the polishes topping their wishlists.

1. Essie Nail Polish in Off Tropic

"If you're looking for a fun spin on typical fall colors, this lacquer is a happy choice! It's lush and rich, with the perfect touch of forest green for the fall season," said manicurist Sarah Chue.

2. OPI Nail Lacquer in Boys be Thistle-ing at Me

"Deep purples are one of my go-to shades the moment that first leaf falls. This deep hue has a micro-shimmer to it, making it appear extra shiny and luxurious," manicurist and nail artist Julie Kandalec told TODAY.

3. Zoya Nail Polish in Courtney

"This beetroot red is gorgeous," said manicurist Christina Aviles Aude. "So you get a stunning red that will last you all fall/winter, plus it goes on really smoothly."

4. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Kings & Thieves

"Everyone loves black, but sometimes the color gets a bit old. Switching things up with this mystic dark blue allows for a playful, moody look. It's a great choice for those who are afraid of color but are open to change in this approaching season," said manicurist and founder of Vanity Projects Rita de Alencar Pinto.

5. OPI GelColor in Summer Lovin' Having a Blast!

"I just love this color for autumn! The color of pumpkin and spice makes everything nice and cozy," said manicurist Shigeko Taylor.

6. Cote Nail Polish in Sea Foam Green

"This is a more dusty version than the classic pastel you may have been wearing this summer and a fun option for fall," Torello explained.

7. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Grey Day

"I love a good gray lacquer when the cooler weather arrives. Deborah Lippmann's 'Grey Day' serves an alternative chic, 'nude' look. The brand is safe, seven-free of dangerous chemicals, and best of all, cruelty-free," Chue told TODAY.

8. Zoya Nail Polish in Joss

"When doing a neutral, I always lean to one with a warmer undertone, like this flattering pinky-rose from vegan brand Zoya," Kandalec said.

9. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Doe My Dear

"This neutral color goes with everything and is perfect for when the weather begins to transition," de Alencar Pinto told TODAY.

10. Essie Nail Polish in Rust Worthy

"It's the deep metallic you never knew you needed and kind of like an antique penny for your fingertips," Kandalec said of this shiny shade. "I love this on both fair, medium and dark skin tones alike."

11.CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Bloodline

"Burgundy is always the best autumn color. It looks cool and sexy with cute fall clothing trends," Taylor said.

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