Nail-art trends have volleyed between easy, single-polish manicures and creative designs using bright colors and glitter. Suffice it to say the at-home manicure has become a choose-your-own-adventure of sorts, and it’s only getting more interesting in 2021.
These are the top 5 trends for nail art in 2021
One of the most optimistic budding manicure trends, gleaned from recent Pinterest search analytics, is called Indie nails. Essentially, the look includes mismatched, emoji-inspired designs — a different one on each nail — like this visual by manicurist Hang Nguyen, who describes the style as “anything-goes art.
While the cherry-red manicure has been everywhere this holiday season, in the new year we’ll see a fusion between the seasonal tone and the most timeless design: the French manicure. The end result is a look that mixes modern with elegance.
For a look that feels understated but still slightly extra, consider rhinestone accents. Channel this design — as seen on hand model Antonia Cheri — by starting with a sheer nude or light-pink polish, then adding a few tiny gemstones for a twinkly manicure that you’ll want to wear well past New Year’s Eve.
Another festive design veering into early 2021 is the tinsel tip. As nail artist Shelley shows, the style is a spin-off of the French manicure, but instead of a single stripe across the tip, you orient skinny vertical lines running from the tip down towards the center of the nail using an assortment of color and metallic shades.
Celebrity nail artist Queenie Nguyen recently designed this neutral chocolate-brown manicure with gold marble detailing for Camila Coelho, calling it “warm and cozy vibes with a touch of holiday” — and we can’t wait to bring the same energy into early January.