12 New Gel Nail Trends The Fashion Set Is Already Requesting in Salons

If you have a nail appointment coming up and are thinking about getting a gel manicure, you might be looking for some inspiration to see your nails through autumn. And you've come to the right place! With the turn of the season comes a whole dose of new shades and nail art designs to try. Plus, the pros of a gel manicure means that your nail design will last around two weeks, and will stay chip-free too. No more painting your nails every couple of days.

At Who What Wear, when we look for gel nail designs, we typically turn to what the fashion set are wearing. After a little Instagram digging into the accounts of our favourite celebrities, editors and influencers, you can usually find the talented nail technicians behind their seriously cool nail designs. They are the ones who, in my eyes, really shape the shades and nail designs that we'll all be wearing each season.

Now that we're looking towards autumn/winter, I was curious what nail designs and nail colours are beginning to crop up now that the seasons are changing. So, I took to my feed to have a scroll on some of my favourite celebrity nail technicians' accounts. Keep reading below to find out the best gel nail designs for autumn to make deciding on your next manicure colour or designing much easier— you are welcome!

1. Classic Red

If nail shade-induced panic washes over you once you are sat in the nail salon (we've all been there) then red is a failsafe, timeless shade that will never not look chic. It makes your nails look polished and it is one of those shades that will go with everything you wear.

If you want to mix it up a little bit, then opting for a bright red like this one by Julia Diogo, who is the resident nail technician at The Corinthia London. I'm seeing bright reds like this everywhere at the moment.

2. Ink

Cobalt blue took summer by storm, but for autumn and winter, you can expect moodier blues—enter ink. This deep navy shade oozes sophistication.

If dark shades like black or brown tend to wash out your hands, you might find navy is a more flattering option when you want to venture to the dark side.

Inky hues look best when finished with a glossy top coat to really enhance the shade.

3. Glazed Nails

gel nail designs: glazed donut nails Hailey bieber @nailsbyzola

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Hailey Bieber's go-to nail technician, Zola Ganzorigt, practically broke TikTok when she shared how she creates Hailey's glossy, 'glazed donut' nails. Her secret? Using a chrome powder over OPI's gel nail shade, Funny Bunny, to get that semi-sheer sheen. We predict this trend will continue through autumn and winter.

The trend looks great dialled down with a sheer, slightly shimmering base colour.

gel nail designs: glazed donut nails Hailey bieber @nailsbyzola

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We're also seeing the trend interpreted in pastel shades, like this lilac ombre nail design.

4. Minimalist Swirls

While pastel and neon swirls dominated summer, we're not waving goodbye to this trend just yet. For autumn, swirly nail art is taking a pared-back, minimalist take. Think one colour swirls in classic black, or muted autumnal greens.

gel nail designs: nail swirl nail art @thehangedit

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We're immediately screenshooting this muted green swirly nail art for our next nail appointment.

5. Liquorice

Black is a timeless gel nail design that we come back to time and time again. Great for minimalists, you can count on a deep black shade to make your fingertips look chic.

Another plus of black gel polish is that it always looks super shiny.

No matter your nail length of shape, black gel polish will always look good.

6. Rosewood

As I scrolled Instagram for this article, I kept stumbling across this beautiful brown-red, aptly named Rosewood by nail brand Bioscuplture. I can see why it's such a popular shade with fashion insiders, too. It's the perfect balance of red and brown, with a chic shimmer finish. It's understated, without being boring.

A square-shaped nail and rosewood is a match made in heaven.

The way this shade catches the light brings me joy.

7. Neutral Hues

Sometimes, simple and neutral shades make the best hues for gel nails. After all, you know that you won't regret a nude colour like you might with something a bit more bold. Clean girl nails are here to stay for autumn, that's for sure.

Another plus of neutral shades is that the nail regrowth won't be quite so obvious when compared to a bold shade, so you can extend the life of your gel mani.

If you're a nail minimalist, then a pinky-beige shade is guaranteed to tick all your boxes.

8. Geometric Shapes

gel nail designs: geometric nail art @imarninails

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Negative space nail art makes a great gel nail design to opt for. How fun are these mutli-coloured shapes? They make a good option for a gel manicure appointment, as it can be hard to create the look at home–unless you have steady hands!

gel nail designs: geometric nail art @imarninails

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Same shapes, but a whole different mood. Choosing one shade in varying shapes looks super cool.

8. Crocodile

I'm seeing this deep, crocodile green shade on just about every cool-girl right now. Not only does it look expensive, but it makes a refreshing change from the usual autumnal reds. This particular shade by Biosculpture is called Free Lovin'.

I'm seeing all the top nail technicians flouting this shade on Instagram right now.

This shade looks particularly chic on shorter fingertips.

10. Bordeaux

Full bodied and glossy, bordeaux is a classic shade for autumn and it instantly makes your hands look expensive.

The most stylist shades almost border on a deep brown with just a hint of red.

We're totally mesmerised by the shine of this bordeaux gel manicure.

11. Double French

We've seen brightly coloured French tips take centre stage the past couple of months. But, as we head into autumn I'm seeing more of these double French designs trickling into my IG feed.

gel nail designs: double French nail art: @thehangedit

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I'm totally obsessing over this double French design with clashing colours.

gel nail designs: double French nail art: @thehangedit

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I'm tipping this glittering black double French nail art to be everywhere as we head into party season.

12. Chrome Accents

I regularly scroll on celebrity nail technician and Chanel nail artist Betina Goldstein's Instagram for the low-down on nail trends. She has a number of chrome nail looks,which she says is a nod to Beyoncé's Renaissance album artwork. I love these minimalist chrome accents on each of the nails.

It looks equally great in gold, too.

Silver chrome tips and gold jewellery are a winner.

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