The Biggest Nail-Art Trends For Fall 2019 Have Arrived

They say trends come and go... and eventually, they come back again. This fall, we're seeing that notion play out firsthand on our fingernails. When it comes to nail-art trends for the season, retro inspiration is fueling everything, with the best manicures of the '90s — like French tips, animal print, and tiny hearts — having a major moment.

According to Rita de Alencar Pinto, founder of NYC's Vanity Projects salon, the resurgence echoes a larger cultural revival. "This '90s throwback trend that we've been seeing both in music and pop culture has sparked nail-art inspiration," she explains.


Ahead, find six breakout nail-art looks to try for fall 2019. Scroll through to find your new favorite look — which might just be a fresh take on your middle-school mani.

Heart Detail

For the recent Emmys red carpet, actress and nominee Joey King wore a subtle heart-studded manicure. A close-up showed that manicurist Thuy Nguyen added tiny hearts at the cuticles — and since then, we've noticed fresh takes on the minimalist romantic design popping up all over Instagram, proving that hearts are even cooler outside of February.


Think Scary Spice's leopard jumpsuit, but a touch more subtle. The animal print trending for fall is a soft, speckled take on tortoiseshell seen in this minimalist halfsie design.

French Adaptation

The French manicure saw a major comeback at this season's New York Fashion Week. Nail artists showed different variations on the classic white-tipped French, but this look by Julie Kandalec for Christian Siriano — seafoam square tips with silver glitter — was by far the most unexpected.

Burnt-Orange Accents

Nail pro Betina Goldstein tells us that her two favorite color trends for fall are bright green and burnt orange. The latter was seen all over the runways, like in this negative-space design by Paintbox Studio for Ulla Johnson.

Cuticle Stripes

Goldstein recently gave Rosie Huntington-Whiteley a minimalist manicure featuring a single white stripe curved at the cuticle — and it sparked a huge trend. We're loving this version, which ties in shimmer and the aforementioned trendy terracotta.

Pearl Appliqués

Not-your-grandma's pearl accessories are trending, and nail art is following suit. "Pearl jewelry has been a huge trend moment for 2019 and nails will mirror that for fall," says nail pro and Essie educator Rita Remark. "Instead of pearlescent polish, try the more unexpected 3D press-on appliqués."
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