Nail Trends For 2021 is the upcoming theme for fashion, which is why you are here I suppose. Nail designs can fall under either of the two categories: passé or timeless. Since 2019 is about to come to a close, it’s time to see which ones should go and which ones must stay. So without further ado, let’s look into what the nail industry moguls have to say and what nail trends for 2021 to look out for.
Updated French Nails: In
It may seem like French tips are always the go-to basic for the unpolished—but in actuality—they couldn’t be more wrong. We’re only months away from 2021, and as it turns out, you can look outdated with the wrong type of French tips!
Say bye-bye to the iconic blunt white lines and wave hello to dainty, artfully placed strokes popularized by Instagram nail virtuoso Betina Goldstein.
The finishing detail to this modern french manicure twist is the nail shape. While the delicate lines give your digits an updated look, what really completes this design are the rounded nails, creating a sort of continuity that looks elegant and easy on the eyes. Add this to your nail trends for the 2021 list!
Barely There: In
If you want something nuder than nude without completely unveiling your naked nails, then get something that is barely there. This one is not so much a trend as it is a classic. Simple nails usually never really go out of style. Renowned nail artist Jin Soon Choi takes this understated look up a notch and reinvents it with a matte topcoat.
Clear Tips: In
A nicely done set of clear tips gives you an ethereal, spacey look—a modern theme that will surely stay with us for quite a while. Best believe that you will see a lot more clear tips in the coming year, as predicted by world-famous nail artist Marian Newman.
Contrary to its name, clear tips do not have to be clear at all, nor do you need extensions for it. You can simply grow your nails out and coat it with a single sheer polish to mimic the surface of transparent nail extensions. But of course, it’s always a must to groom your nails first before polishing, especially if you’re going for this particular look.
Rounded Nails: In
By now, you’ve probably noticed the recurring theme among the designs mentioned above—they all come in soft, round shapes. Smoothing out the edges of your nails for a gentler look screams classy, not to mention timeless. All in all, round nails are safe to play around with, so you’ll be seeing more of them soon this 2021.
Minimalist Accent: In
Nails with just a wee bit of accent offer you two possibilities: a downplayed outfit to let your nails pop, or vice-versa. With this look, it’s all about the power of the tiniest of details. But keep in mind that in order to maximize the full potential of this nail trend, you must coordinate it with your whole outfit.
And none other than editorial nail artist Miss Pop shows us how it’s done.
Maximalist Accent: In
Opposite the minimalist accent nails come the maximalists. And yes, both will surely be very much in season! Think over the top jewelry or glitter nail polish. You can even create a classy take on this trend by installing pearl drips at the tips of your nails.
The fun part about this trend is that you can never run out of options. It all comes down to creativity. If you’re feeling experimental, or if you need an outlet for all of your ideas, maximalist accent nails give you that perfect opportunity to materialize your design concepts
Half Moon: In
A whimsical counterpart of the french tip would be the half-moon. “French is trending again, but now it needs a twist. I wanted to do a retro reverse French,” as told by Gina Edwards, a well-known celebrity nail artist.
The best part about this look is how wild or basic you can go with it. If you want to opt for subtlety, plain solid colors will do the trick. Otherwise, let your imagination run free and decorate your half-moon to your heart’s content.
Eclectic Animal Print: In
Adding to the mix for predicted nail trends this spring 2021 are wild animal prints. Count this as a very timely comeback since they coordinate extremely well with Pantone’s colors of the year for 2021!
Creamy Hues: In
Another classic on the list, creamy lacquer will definitely stay with us this spring and will not go away anytime soon. After all, you can never go wrong with the basics.
Long Square Nails: Out
The reigning days of long square nails are finally over. For a time though, they were incredibly popular and stylish back then. And let’s be honest, at some point in our lives, we all thought they looked really sassy as heck.
But for some reason, fashion experts decided to steer clear away from the look and resorted to a more natural theme. Now, long square nails just look really dated. Plus antique points if you decide to paint it with french tips.
The multi-mani is probably the most polarizing nail trend out there. You either adore this style or despise it. Many seem to appreciate its playful quality. But for the others, the overwhelming amount of colors on a single pair of hands can be extremely off-putting.
However, for the coming year, it may be best to tone it down a little. Instead of going full-on Skittles with your digits, try coordinating each of them with a muted palette, or at the very least, with dark colors.
Tastes come and go, and what once looked gorgeous on the nails (cue in thick french manicure) can become drab the following season. It’s all a matter of staying ahead of the game, constantly opening yourself up to new ideas, and looking for advice from the experts.
Out of all the trends listed above, which one do you have your eyes on? We’re personally excited about the clear tips and the modern french tips!