If you’re looking for a manicure that’s subtle and perfect for the fall season, here are 25 beautiful brown nails to check out.
Brown might not usually be the first color that you’d pick at your local nail salon but come fall, it’s no surprise that this unassuming, earthy tone becomes a favorite of many.
From rich mochas to warm caramels and everything in between, brown nails offer a subtle and sophisticated alternative to a classic neutral mani. With this said, they’re equally versatile, so you can wear them with confidence with any color in your wardrobe, no matter if you’re dressing up for a special event or work.
If you’re looking for the perfect brown manicure, keep reading to browse 25 designs that are anything but boring.
The Best Brown Nails To Try
1. Metallic Shades of Brown
We love the gradient look of this manicure and the shimmering metallic finish that really sparkles in the light. The thumb begins as the darkest brown, and the shades slowly lighten as you move toward the little finger, which is painted in a creamy shade. The metallic finish gives these nails are extra special touch.
2. Brown + Silver
This manicure also moves from darker browns to lighter shades, but this time with a sparkling silver finish on the little finger! Each finger also features a silver dot to add a little extra glitter.
3. Cocoa Hearts
These brown and white have been decorated with little hearts for a super cute look. The neutral bases are decorated with a trio of hearts down the center for the accent nail, or a French tip and heart in the corner for the index finger and thumb, while the rest of the nails have a glossy solid color.
4. Pale Brown Petals
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If you love neutral tones and paired-back manicures, then this nail design is perfect for you! The beige nails are decorated with pale brown French tips or delicate petals blooming from the tip and base of the nail – just beautiful!
5. Coffee + Caramel
The coffee and caramel color palette of this manicure is just stunning, while the gold sequin sparkles add a glamorous finishing touch. The rich dark browns look perfect paired with warm, lighter caramel shades, creating a chic fall manicure.
6. Shimmering Pink + Brown
The shimmering pink and gold tones really complement the glossy dark brown polish in this nail design. The index and middle fingers feature subtly marbled pink polish and are decorated with gold waves for a glittering finish and add a feminine touch to a dark brown manicure.
7. Giraffe Spots
Animal print always looks amazing on your nails, and giraffe spots are definitely an underrated print that we think you should get for your next manicure! These giraffe print nails mix different shades of brown and fleck of gold to create a striking look.
8. Abstract Tips
These simple, minimalist nails still make a statement with the wavy, abstract tips. This dark brown is the perfect fall shade, while the nude base and dark, curving tips and waves add a striking touch.
9. Teddy Bears
Go for a cute and cozy look with these teddy bear nails! The different shades of brown look fantastic next to the milky white nails, decorated with adorable little teddy bears for a super sweet look.
10. Gradient Brown Florals
There is so much incredible detail in these gradient floral nails. The shades of brown move from light to dark from the thumb to the little finger, while each nail is split in half, with two shades of brown and decorated with a flower in the center, which is also made up of two shades of brown – just gorgeous!
11. Tortoiseshell + Gold
We are loving tortoiseshell nail art at the moment and this version of the trend is just beautiful! Dark brown glossy nails sit alongside half tortoiseshell, half pale pink nails, with a glittering gold line splitting the nail in half.
12. Flecks of gold
Pair your dark brown nails with neutral tones and flecks of gold, like these chic and sophisticated nails. The first three nails have a creamy pink base, decorated with flecks of gold foil that sparkle in the light while the ring and little finger feature two different shades of brown polish.
13. French tips + flowers
This floral design is so much fun, while the French tips add an elegant touch! The thumb and ring finger are painted with a solid brown shade, while the rest of the nails feature a dark brown French tip or a floral pattern in different brown tones for a bold and playful look.
14. Brown + white waves
If you are looking for a stylish and striking nail design, then this wavy manicure may just be exactly what you need. The darker brown nails perfectly contrast the milky white nails, decorated with waves of dark brown, white, and gold glitter, adding a little extra sparkle.
15. Matte Coffee Swirls
These light brown and white swirled designs, with a matte finish, look like a swirly coffee, while the curved lines of rose gold add a glamorous touch. Two nails feature this swirly design, while the rest are painted with a dark brown polish and finished with a soft matte top coat.
16. Dark + Light
The deep, dark brown shade pairs perfectly with the pale pink nail, decorated with swipes of dark brown and sparkling gold glitter for an artistic, painterly look. The light and dark shades in this manicure make it perfect for the fall and winter months.
17. Gold-Framed Tips
Go for a striking look with these gold-framed, curving tips. The glossy natural nails have been decorated with serpentine, wavy tips in a dark brown shade, each with a gleaming gold edge adding a glamorous finishing touch.
18. Brown Glitter
Keep it simple yet glam with this glittering brown manicure. Each of the nails has been painted with a dark brown polish that sparkles in gold and bronze tones in the light – just beautiful!
19. Glossy Curves
This glossy manicure features abstract curves of brown and taupe tones for a chic and stylish look. The index and ring fingers begin with a nude base and are decorated with curving waves of brown and taupe at the base and tip of the nail, with a white line running down the center. In the middle sits a taupe French tip, while the rest of the nails are painted in dark brown.
20. Swipes of cocoa
These nails have a chocolate-inspired color palette, with glossy block color brown nails sitting alongside natural nails painted with swipes of gold glitter and brown tones at the tip. We love the unique and distinctive look of this manicure!
21. White leaves
Pair your glossy, rich brown nails with pale pink nails decorated with white French tips and white leaf designs for a striking manicure! This nail brings dark brown shades that are perfect for the fall months but add in a lighter, neutral color to soften the darkness.
22. Earth Tones
Earth tones are always super popular as the weather begins to get cooler, which is why you should get this earthy green and brown manicure. The nail designs include French tips, solid block colors, and abstract blobs of color at the tip for an artistic, natural look.
23. Reverse French with a twist
We love a reverse French tip design, but this brown manicure has a twist! The nails have the usual reverse French tip, with a crescent at the base of the nail left bare, but this time a polka dot has been added in the center for a distinctive touch.
24. Gradient French tips
Go for a sleek and minimalist look with this gradient brown French tip manicure. The glossy natural nails start with an ivory French tip at the thumb, and then the colors get progressively darker as you move across the nails, finishing with a dark brown at the little finger.
25. White Florals
These warm, cocoa brown nails each have a semi-circle left bare and then decorated with a cute white flower to add a pretty, summery touch. This beautiful manicure is just perfect for those early fall months as we move from summer to fall.
We hope that you found the perfect fall nails from this post!