13 Gradient Nail Ideas For Fall (and Your Easiest Mani Ever)

Written by CELIA SHATZMAN
Close up of a gradient manicure in shades of purple and pink, fingers curled toward the palm, the background gray

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Maybe you don't have the patience. Maybe you don't have a steady hand. Maybe you don't have a dotting tool. There are many reasons to avoid DIY-ing nail art; we can't all create tiny masterpieces on our fingers. That's where gradient nails come in. It doesn't get any easier than painting each tip a different color, yet the trend can have as much impact as intricate nail art. 

Even better, all it takes to work and wear fall gradient nails is sporting the right color palette. Autumnal hues just might be the best of any season—think shades of falling leaves, vampy reds, and rich chocolate browns. And to prove it, we've rounded up the best fall gradient nail looks from Insta. Get ready to celebrate the spooky season with this inspo.

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Down With Brown

A brown gradient manicure with a matte finish, against a white background

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These shades of brown might make you want to curl up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa. The matte finish makes it even more chic.

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Coffee Break

A hand curled up with the fingers toward the palm, the nails painted in various shades of browns and tans with swirls

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Whether you're feeling more of a cappuccino or an espresso, this coffee-colored mani will give you that jolt of caffeine. The sweet swirls add an extra design element.

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Put It In Neutral

A hand folded against a black background, each fingernail painted a shade of brown

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A perfect "10," this design features a different neutral on each tip, spicing up the simple colors. Nail artist Anna used the Orly Flawless Collection ($11 each) to get the look.

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Selling Sunset

An outstretched hand with fingernails in yellow, orange, red, and brown

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When you sport this mani, you can enjoy the sunset every time of day. The shades are also awesomely autumnal.

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Speaking French

A hand stretched out, each fingernail featuring a double French tip in a neutral brown shade

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Consider this more proof that there can never be enough variations on the French manicure. Shades of brown make this double French set feel especially fall.

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Purple Reign

A hand folded over, fingers toward the palm. Each fingernail is painted a deep shade of pink or purple.

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From pink to deep aubergine, these colors prove you can go beyond the traditional greens, browns, and oranges and still get that seasonal feeling.

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Rainbow Bright

A hand stretched out, a sidewalk covered in leaves in the background. The tips of the fingers are painted Halloween colors.

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We couldn't put it better than the nail artist who created this look, who describes it as "a Halloween-esque skittle."

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Hot Tip

A hand stretched out, each finger painted with a French tip in an autumnal color

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Can't pick just one color? Try five with this fun French manicure, which features tips in shades of burgundy, green, and cream.

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Hit the Curve

A hand folded, fingers pointed up, each nail painted a different color with a glossy base and an abstract matte tip

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A megawatt, high-shine base with matte tips? We can't get enough of this minimalist take on the two-tone French trend.

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Tanning Solution

Close up of a manicure in white, beige, caramel, and brown, fingers stretched out

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A luxuriously long length and perfect shape make an otherwise simple mani a head-turner.

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White Hot

A hand, fingers stretched out, each nail painted with chevron french tips and brown details

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There's so much to love about this set, but we'll call out two specific elements: The chevron spin on a French mani and the bright white contrasted with fall hues.

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Gold Rim

A hand with fingers slightly on the wall, a little curled, each tip a different color with a gold accent line

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Go for the gold by dressing up the colors of fall with a thin gold line that adds elegance.

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Fall Swirl

A square French manicure with swirly accents on a hand folded, fingers toward the palm

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A delicate design and pretty fall colors make this swirly French mani a seasonal standout.

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