Thanksgiving Nail Colors
By the time Thanksgiving Day rolls around, most of us are already in full-on fall mode—comfy sweaters, cozy scarves, and all things pumpkin-spiced. Because this is the time of year for gathering with family and friends, you want to look the part from head to toe to fingertips. To make sure your manicure is ready for Turkey Day, check out these best Thanksgiving nail ideas. They range from super simple to wha?! and are sure to inspire fall nail designs that will give everyone around the table something to talk about.
Whether you’re a beginner or practically a pro (or plan on enlisting the help of your manicurist!), there’s something here for all tastes—funny, flirty, fancy, festive, and more. Most of these fun nail designs have one common thread—they all feature warm Thanksgiving colors for nails (think oranges, browns, yellows, and deep reds), so make sure you stock up on those polish colors before you begin. We’re still swooning over a the entire Peanuts cast inspired by A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on one hand! And tiny turkeys on each nail—Come. On. If you want to do fall nails that are a celebration of autumnal tones we love so much this time of year, we’ve included simple looks, too.
So take your autumn-inspired look to the next level with creative Thanksgiving-themed nail designs. And why stop after Turkey Day? Check out Christmas nail art designs for dazzling December nails, because the holiday season is just around the corner!
These soft orange nails have a trendy twist with the marbled statement nails.
These nails will be the show-stoppers of your Thanksgiving Day outfit. The burgundy and yellow nails are taken to the next level with hand-painted leaves.
These natural nails have an eye-catching blood-red tip applied at an angle. For clean, straight edges, consider using striping tape.
This bold look will take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Mix up the colors of the graduated oval pattern to fit your holiday look.
Light brown autumn gel varnish makes for a neat manicure. A single maple leaf design on each hand nods to the pretty fall foliage.
What better motif for fall than trees full of brilliant foliage? Layer them for a truly organic look.
Get a little fancy this November with shimmery, glittery, fanciful polish. The metallic finish here adds a special touch for fall outings.
This detailed design not just pumpkins and gourds but plaid pumpkins and gourds! Talk about taking it to the next level! After all that work, you’ll definitely want to seal your design with a protective top coat.
Gold glittery tips make for a special touch to otherwise neutral polish. This nail polish look goes with any wardrobe and will last you well into the holiday season.
This cozy pattern is perfect for fall and has just enough color to fancy it up for the holidays. You’ll need a steady hand to get the lines straight. Let each color dry before moving on to the next.
Inspired by the season’s softer hues, this pastel manicure keeps things light and feminine.
Thanksgiving nails don’t have to be overly complicated. Here, a simple leaf pattern on the ring finger incorporates other polish colors for a cohesive fall nail design.
Stylish and trendy, this autumn manicure in orange, brown, purple, green, and yellow is an unexpected and stunning combo for your Thanksgiving holiday.
Colorful fall leaves on a grayish-blue background make for a fun nail design for this time of year. To get picture-perfect leaf patterns, try nail stamps instead of free-handing it.
Dark, shiny nails could potentially deflect dinner-table drama (ha!). We make no promises, except that this look is daring and bold, just like talking politics on Turkey Day.
This design is anything but a-corny! We love the graphic contrast of the dark colors on a white background, but for a more subtle approach, try a darker base coat as your canvas.
Keep it simple this year with a nail color inspired by the deep red foliage and cranberries. Opt for gel, and the polish will last well into December.
Paint on polka dots in an orderly design for a super simple but impressive graphic look. Once you’ve mastered the art of the dot, you can use this technique all year round in any colorway!
Forgo the warm colors of the season and instead opt for an unexpected hue for Thanksgiving this year. Enlist the help of nail stencils or stickers to get those leaf accents just right.
Celebrate the season’s bounty by painting on a full fall harvest featuring gourds, pumpkins, fruits, vegetables, and of course the symbolic goat’s horn. Outline with black to make each item pop, and seal your handy work with a protective top coat.
Dress up fall nails with a little glitz and glamour to kick off the holiday season. Use nail glue to attach tiny rhinestones to the base of nails for just enough sparkle to feel extra fancy.