Make sure to check out the full post, and to visit each nail artist's blog or Instagram. They are all very talented and deserve a like or follow!
When going through the submissions, my aim was to choose designs that represented a variety of fall themes, and used different techniques. I hope you will be inspired by some of these designs. Also I realize that, depending on where you are in the world, fall may happen at a different time of year, or it may not happen at all. In the case of the former, you can always check these out later when fall does roll around, or in the case of the latter, you can experience fall vicariously through this nail art. :)
But on to the nail art!
First up is Spellbound Nails with this very striking maple leaf design. It was done with a sponged base and nail decals - you can check out her blog post for more details and in-progress photos. This is one of those designs that looks deceptively simple. I imagine if I tried this, I'd mess of the nail decals, or stab my nails with the tweezers, lol! So I'm amazed by how perfect Ashley made this look.
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|Fall leaves by Spellbound Nails|
I was instantly struck by this gradient by May Contain Traces of Polish. Naturally I love the intricate line work, done with a MoYou London stamping plate. Even though I don't do stamping, I can appreciate the skill it takes. Also, there's a nice balance between the glittery gradient, foil, and the stamped lines. Make sure to check out her blog post for full details about how this was done!
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|Fall gradient and stamping by May Contain Traces of Polish|
If you're tired of leaves, or trees, or the usual fall images, you can always do something abstract with a fall colour palette, like this splatter mani by Druid Nails. I completely fail at splatter manis, so I'm very envious of this gorgeous look that Brethil was able to achieve. In fact she's inspired me to give it another chance. I also love the combination of cremes and shimmers used for the splatter. You can check out all the polishes used in her blog post.
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|Fall splatter mani by Druid Nails|
When I think of fall, I think of apple picking, which is always fun to do in September and October (and sometimes into November or December depending on the farm). So when I saw The Polish Playground's apple nails, I knew I had to include them. Check out Lisa's blog post for more details on how she created this fun and simple look. It makes me wish I had a car so I could do some apple picking.
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|Crispy apples by The Polish Playground|
For reasons that are beyond me, some animals like foxes and owls scream fall! It's not like they disappear the rest of the year, yet they seem perfect for fall themed nail art. When it comes to foxes, I'm in love with this fall fox design by Once Upon a Nail complete with little leaves. And the fox's bushy tail! Cute overload!! Check out Sarah's blog post for more details, as well as a link to her Etsy shop were you can buy these as a nail set.
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|Fall fox by Once Upon a Nail|
If freehand nail art or stamping is not your thing, why not a fall coloured gradient? I love this gradient by Simply Nailogical because the reciprocal 'X' design adds a bit of a twist! She used three holos from the ILNP fall collection and taped off the 'X' to create this look. It hasn't been published yet but you can check out her blog for more stunning taped designs.
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|Fall reciprocal 'X' gradient by Simply Nailogical|
If you follow American football, then fall is also the start of football season! Jenna, who posts on Instagram as Funkifiednails did these cute nails for her team, the Steelers. My family are Chargers fans, but I forgive you Jenna! ;) I love how she simplified the logo and also added some stripes and leopard print. You can check out her Instagram post for more details.
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|Steelers football mani by Funkifiednails|
Lately Cottonconey has become one of my Instagram obsessions. I'm in love with her freehand nail art for the intricate designs and attention to detail. I love this fall leaf design for its abstractness, also it has a whimsical quality to it. Check out her Instagram post for more details on how she created this look.
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|Fall leaves by Cottonconey|
I hope this post has inspired you to do some fall nail art before the change of the seasons. Or it has at least given you some new nail artists to follow. Thank you everyone who submitted designs, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to share everyone's work.
I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you'd like to see another "From the Readers" feature!