It’s a new year, which means a new you, a new look, and, naturally, new nails. It’s time to make basic colorways and chipped manis a thing of the past, because we’re here to provide you with the best of the best nail trends for 2021—all of them vetted by editorial nail artist Mabelyn Martin. From trippy velveteen nails to an abstract French manicure you’ll forever be inspired by, the intricate designs that we’ve picked are sure to help you stand out from the crowd. Prepare to screenshot our top 10.
“Some of our first nail memories probably include a press-on kit and artists like @lux_k have elevated the experience by creating customized sizing, so each set is truly your own,” explains Martin. “Achieving length has never been easier. And whether it’s a solid bright matte red or mixed designs, you’ll have a set you can reuse time and time again.”
“The traditional French mani made a comeback at the 2020 shows and now it’s been taken to the next level with graphics, flower prints, and even tiny designs focused only on the tips,” says Martin.
“Foils are a glitter alternative and make a bold statement with high shine,” says Martin. “Whether applied on the entire nail or added as an accent, it’s certainly standing out.”
“These outlines are a fun way to use two colors while also making nails appear longer,” explains Martin. “It can be a partial or full outlining of the nail perimeter for a super mod look.”
A classic French manicure will forever reign supreme, however, adorning your tips with a metallic shade is the perfect twist for a head-turning manicure.
“Geometric shapes, streamlined and sleek forms make for the perfect nail art opportunities to use multiple colors and glitter,” says Martin. “You can also mix things up with alternating designs on each nail.”
You’ve seen marble nails and even pink rose quartz nails but what about a bronze iteration? Look to this warm-toned manicure for a mesmerizing take on the trend.
“This optical illusion is definitely getting some attention anywhere you show your hands,” says Martin. “This look is so hypnotizing!”
Keep your manicure bold and beautiful with a blinding (in a good way) manicure set. Press play on these striking velvet-finish nails that are reminiscent of vibrant holographics.
Extend the life of your manicure by incorporating negative space into the lower half of your design. Take a cue from this lilac and red tip look for your next manicure.