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20 Thanksgiving-Inspired Nails That Don’t Take Things Literally

What we’re serving up on Thanksgiving day—aside from our killer pecan pie, of course—is autumnal waves, seasonal colors, and a football-themed runway nail look. Consider November 22 a no-kitsch zone. Ahead, 20 manicured ways to celebrate the holiday without getting too cheesy.

Warm Maple

Navy paired with maple is a perfectly autumnal match. The color pairing is easy to create with Essie’s Fall Mani Collection set that includes both the navy color ‘Booties on Broadway’ and the copper shade of ‘Leggy Legend’.

Design by @paintboxnails

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Brown Isn’t Boring

Brown doesn’t have to be drab with this graphic Louis Vuitton-inspired design. Use nail tape to mask off different sections for clean, sharp edges.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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‘Tis The Season

Fall isn’t just about browns, yellows, and oranges. A rich emerald is perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner table and can easily last you into the December holiday season.

Design by @chillhouse

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The G

If you’re planning on returning to your hometown this Thanksgiving, think about stunting in these “G” logo nails. You might actually want to run into old friends and teachers with this design.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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Fall Palette

A dreamy fall color palette, like mauve, citron, and cobalt blue, all balance each other out for a relaxing neutral nail look.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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The Accent Nail

Savor the creamed spinach and this subtle accent nail. No kitsch here.

Design by @jinsoonchoi

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Cranberry Sauce

Whether you make cranberry sauce from scratch or open a can right before dinner, these nails will pay homage to the dinner table staple.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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The Thanksgiving Mantra

This is what we tell ourselves when we get to our fourth serving. If the Simpsons donut colorway is too bright, swap out the pinks and blues for more autumnal colors like burnt sienna and forest green.

Design by @wahnails

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Falling Leaves

This is an imaginative way to mimic falling leaves. Start with a bare nail, and ombré your tips in orange. Once dry, fleck on gold foil to the tips. Finish with a top coat.

Design by @nailjob

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Neutral Gold

This easy negative nail is the subtle take on metallics. Dot along the edge of your nail in a pale gold, let dry, and finish with a clear coat.

Design by @sc

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​Sporty Monse

If football is the main attraction at your fam’s Thanksgiving, look to Monse’s sporty runway manicure. Line up bare nails like a minimal football field, then choose the letter of the team you’re rooting for as your statement nail.

Design by @ritaremark

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Dry Brush Technique

Negative nails are typically reserved for graphic, linear designs, but the dry brush technique is shaking things up. Start with a bare nail, thinly apply a shimmery gold polish, then wipe off the majority of the product until it’s nearly dry.

Design by @chelseaqueen

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Chanel Tweed

If you can’t afford the 2.0, get the next best thing with Chanel-inspired tweed nails. Start with a white base, then alternate between black and gray in a crosshatch pattern. Keep your strokes purposefully messy to imitate the woolen textile.

Design by @maniclaire

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Linear Prism

Hologram nails are rising in popularity, but you can update the on-trend look by using several chrome lacquers in a bold, graphic design.

Design by @nail_unistella

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Sand Jars

Revisit a favorite childhood craft with this look, inspired by sand jars. Using Thanksgiving shades of orange and gold, paint wavy lines horizontally on top of a neutral base.

Design by @sohotrightnail

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In the Round

Take two key Thanksgiving colors—red and gold—and outline the top and bottom half of your nail for an easy negative space design.

Design by @jinsoonchoi

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Nude Grid

Elevate a nude nail with this design in contrasting textures. Start by applying a nude base then layer it with a matte top coat. Let dry, then paint a grid in a clear topcoat with a striping brush.

Design by @aliciatnails

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Diagonal Glitter

If you want something basic but glam, go for this simple negative nail. Start with a clear base coat. Paint the upper half of each nail bed on the diagonal in a glittery lacquer. Once dry, seal the nail with a clear top coat.

Design by @paintboxnails

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Copper Plaid

Try this copper look by adding strips of metallic nail tape in a slapdash plaid design on top of a nude nail. Finish with a clear top coat.

Design by @naominailsnyc

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Abstract Turkey

If the desire to go full-Thanksgiving is strong, suppress the need to paint mini turkeys and pumpkin pies with this abstract take.

Design by @bakenekonails

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