Why Fall’s Olive Manicure Is Chicer Than Black

Whether it's the fashion or the foliage, there's something about choosing a nail polish in the fall that makes us think more critically about undertones. If you're at the salon, that might translate into spinning an almost-black bottle of lacquer under the light to detect the flecks of burgundy that will make it feel like a semi-precious stone on your fingernails. But, where the lighter colors are concerned, those nuances can feel less autumnal. That is, unless you land on the perfect olive green.

Somewhere between dark emerald and gray sage with khaki undertones, olive is a soft, earthy green that, like its place on the toothpick of your dirty martini, makes a chic accent to any outfit. To help you find the right tone, whether you're at the salon or picking up a bottle at Target, scroll ahead for some of the best olive green nail polishes around.

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Sally Hansen Leaf Me Be


Before the leaves turn brown or orange, they transition to a deep green color, which Sally Hansen (somehow) bottled up.
Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Leaf Me Be$0.00 Buy

OPI Olive for Green


Loyal fans of OPI polishes might already be aware of the brand's homage to the shade. Olive For Green is earthy, but still soft enough to be considered a neutral.
OPI OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Olive For Green$13.00 Buy

CND Cap & Gown


Prefer gels? If you're looking for a rustic olive hue with brown undertones, CND's Cap & Gown shade is perfect for you.
CND CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Cap & Gown$7.00 Buy

Zoya Evvie


One of the most dimensional takes on olive, Zoya's Evvie has a teal-tinged green base and a cool, smoky finish.
Zoya ZOYA Nail Polish in Evvie$10.00 Buy
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Essie Power Clutch


The name — Power Clutch — taps into the sophisticated accessory that is an olive-green manicure.
 Essie Nail Polish in Power Clutch$6.00 Buy

& Other Stories Vert Chrome


Toggling between of emerald and martini olive, this polish is close to a glossy green jewel tone.
& Other Stories & Other Stories Nail Polish in Vert Chrome$9.00 Buy
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