20 Burgundy Nail Ideas to Try for Fall 2023

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This Timeless Burgundy Manicure

Everything about this manicure feels classic to me. The squoval nail shape, the medium length, and the glossy burgundy polish. They just work, no matter the time of year. Recreate the look with two coats of OPI’s Complimentary Wine followed by a high-shine top coat.


This Half-French Burgundy Nail Inspo

I love that this burgundy manicure has not one but two accent nails—specifically, a french manicure design on both the middle and pointer fingers—for a little something extra without feeling over-the-top.


This Burgundy and Cream French Manicure

Another take on the French mani, nail expert Melanie Graves paired burgundy and cream-colored polishes to create this unique look. If you decide to DIY, enlist the help of striper brushes to lay down clean, crisp lines.

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These Burgundy-Tinted Jelly Nails

I’m sorry, but are these burgundy-colored jelly nails not the absolute coolest? The sheer, see-through effect makes for the perfect summer-to-fall transition manicure IMO.


These Halloween-Inspired Burgundy Nails


This Negative Space Burgundy Nail Art

We’re still very much in our negative space mani era, so why not give this look a try? I love the contrast between the rich burgundy polish and the softness of the natural nail.

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These Plaid Burgundy Nails

Just picture it: you, wrapped in a thick Burberry scarf while holding a pumpkin latte and sporting this plaid manicure. It’s peak prep school fall vibes.


Burgundy Nail Idea: Negative Space Hearts

Manicurist Betina Goldstein is the queen of tiny, ultra-detailed nail art. Case in point: This negative space heart on burgundy-painted nails.


Nail Idea: Matte Burgundy Nails

Burgundy polish looks equally gorgeous whether you choose a shiny or matte finish. Nail artist Stephanie Stone used Essie’s Ace of Shades for this mani, but you can use a matte top coat over whatever burgundy polish you have at home to get a similar effect too.

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This Pearlescent Burgundy Manicure

The name of this polish is called “Big Sagittarius Energy,” so if your birthday is between November 22 and December 21, this is 100 percent the burgundy mani for you.


This Wavy Burgundy Manicure

If you love a gel mani, may I suggest bringing this wavy, abstract design with burgundy and ultra-pale pink polishes as the inpso for your next nail appointment?


This Burgundy Mani with Fall Tones

ICYMI, the multi-color mani trend is here to stay. I’m personally loving this version with burgundy, chocolate, navy, and deep green nail polishes for fall.

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Burgundy-Dotted Nails

Minimalist nail art—like these burgundy and red dots on clean nails—looks so damn chic and is surprisingly easy to DIY at home too. All you need is a dotter tool, a few different shades of polish in the same color family, and a clear top coat to recreate this look.


Burgundy Nail Idea: Tiny Accent Hearts

I love the way these metallic burgundy hearts pop against creamy nude nails. Instead of hand painting on your hearts, I highly suggest going the nail sticker or wrap route if you want to try this design at home. P.S. this look also makes for an exceptionally cute Valentine’s Day nail art idea.


Geometric Burgundy Nails

Screenshot this art-deco mani and save it as inspo for all of your holiday parties. The burgundy base color, graphic shapes, and gold accents are the perfect trio for all your festive outings.

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Burgundy Nails with Foil Accents

IDK about you, but these gold and orange foil accent nails totally remind me of the time of year when the leaves turn a golden red hue. If you can’t get outside to see nature do its thing during peak foliage, go ahead and channel fall vibes with this burgundy mani instead.


Burgundy Nail Idea: Stacked French Manicure

Elevate your French mani game with these two-tone tips from manicurist Rita Remark. She used three Essie shades to create this look—Mademoiselle (a sheer nude polish) for the base and then a combo of Maki Me Happy (rich reddish burgundy) and A-List (a true red polish) for the French tips.


2023 Nail Idea: Glitter and Burgundy

These gold and burgundy nails scream holiday party vibes. Save these bbs for December, or if you’re feeling extra festive go ahead and start rocking them now.

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These Metallic Burgundy Nails

Another festive nail idea that’s actually easy to DIY? This high-shine metallic burgundy manicure. All you need are two coats of Zoya’s Metora (the deep, wine-colored shade seen here) followed by a glossy top coat.


Burgundy Polish on Rounded Nails

Not only are the shape and length of this mani totally stunning, the burgundy polish used—Luxe Loafer by Olive & June—is one of the prettiest, most opaque burgundy shades I’ve tried to date.

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Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, where she writes, edits, and produces all types of beauty content—from product reviews to personal essays and trend reports. She has covered beauty for nine years at Cosmopolitan and has contributed to Women’s Health and Seventeen magazines as well. Follow her on Instagram


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