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Best Thanksgiving Nail Colors

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!

1Orange Marble Nails
female hands with trendy autumn marble manicure in orange color pink knitted wool sweater

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These soft orange nails have a trendy twist with the marbled statement nails.

2Fall Leaf Nails
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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.

3Neutral Nails with Red Tips
female hands with a trendy autumn french manicure with red tips at the free edge of the nail orange pumpkin on white background orange squash for thanksgiving or halloween

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These natural nails have an eye-catching blood-red tip applied at an angle. For clean, straight edges, consider using striping tape.

4Black and Orange nails
manicured womans hand holding yellow notepad on gray background trendy autumn halloween orange nail design

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This bold look will take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Mix up the colors of the graduated oval pattern to fit your holiday look.

5Neutral Thanksgiving Nails
brown autumn gel varnish neat manicure of womens nails with maple leaf design orange maple leaf pattern

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Light brown autumn gel varnish makes for a neat manicure. A single maple leaf design on each hand nods to the pretty fall foliage.

6Fall Foliage Thanksgiving Nails
leaves falling inspired nail art in fall colors

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What better motif for fall than trees full of brilliant foliage? Layer them for a truly organic look.

7Shimmer and Shine Thanksgiving Nails
female hand with dark red nail design brown nail polish manicured hand woman hand hold yellow autumn leaf

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Get a little fancy this November with shimmery, glittery, fanciful polish. The metallic finish here adds a special touch for fall outings.

8Pumpkins and Gourds Thanksgiving Nails
plaid pumpkin and gourd nail art design

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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.

9Sparkly Thanksgiving Nails
sparkly gold nail polish painted on womens hands

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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.

10Plaid Thanksgiving Nails
plaid inspired nail art using fall colors

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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.

11Pastel Thanksgiving Nails
trend manicure in autumn colors on a gray table next to pumpkins and a gray scarf

Inspired by the season’s softer hues, this pastel manicure keeps things light and feminine.

12Fall Leaf Thanksgiving Nails
beautiful autumn manicure design on well groomed female nails soft square shape fall leaves

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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.

13Bold Thanksgiving Nails
stylish trendy autumn female manicure in orange, brown, purple, green and yellow color womans hands on powdery pastel background

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Stylish and trendy, this autumn manicure in orange, brown, purple, green, and yellow is an unexpected and stunning combo for your Thanksgiving holiday.

14Falling Leaves Thanksgiving Nails
grayish blue painted nails with falling leaves in all colors scattered about

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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.

15Dramatic Thanksgiving Nails
burgundy brown manicure on a background of acorns

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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.

16Acorn Thanksgiving Nails
fall acorns nail art design

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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.

17Classic Red Thanksgiving Nails
beautiful female hands with perfect red manicure holding a red cup of coffee

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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.

18Dot Art Thanksgiving Nails
polka dot inspired nail art

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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!

19Deep Purple Thanksgiving Nails
a purple manicure with silver leaves on the ring and pinky fingers

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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.

20Cornucopia Thanksgiving Nails
fall harvest gourd nail art design

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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.

21Rhinestone Thanksgiving Nails
autumn inspired art with tiny jewels near the nail beds

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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.

22Indian Corn Thanksgiving Nails

This nail art is easier than it looks—it just takes a little patience. Caviar bead accents on the solid nails add a touch of sparkle.

23Polka Dot Turkey Thanksgiving Nails

This nail design looks good enough to gobble up and is an adorable choice for tweens, teens, and adults alike.

24Turkey Feather Thanksgiving Nails

A natural base coat makes this simple design—turkey face on a ring-finger accent nail and feather on the rest—really stand out.

25Funny Thanksgiving Nails

Using the popular stamping kits found online, this video offers tips and tricks for getting just the look you want.

26Shimmering Fall Leaves Thanksgiving Nails

Take cues from the changing leaves outside. Get the details just right with a nail stamp kit or fall leaves nail appliques. We love how each nail is different—from solid to artful.

27Gold Leaf Thanksgiving Nails

Let golden leaves shine against matte polish in rich, fall hues. Go for the autumn rainbow, or opt for all one shade for a more subtle look.

28Give Thanks Thanksgiving Nails

This design calls for a steady hand, as the words “give thanks” are written with a teeny brush.

29Marbled Turkey Thanksgiving Nails

To recreate these Thanksgiving nails, make sure you swirl the polish while it’s still wet.

30Peanuts Thanksgiving Nails

The gang’s all here! Nostalgia—along with a super steady hand!—takes center stage with this classic scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

31Beginner Thanksgiving Nails

This video tutorial takes you step-by-step through this simple pattern and the turkey accent nail.

32Peanuts Thanksgiving Nails

It doesn’t get much cuter than the Peanuts crew from one of the best family Thanksgiving movies ever, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Your little ones will especially love these nails.

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