9 nail art trends to try in 2021
Our fave nail lewks to screenshot for your next appointment or recreate at home.
Put the clear nail polish down because we're saying buh-bye to basic nails in 2021. From fresh takes on the French manicure to extra AF prints, we've rounded up some of hottest looks to rock on your nail beds. If you can barely even apply a clear topcoat (yes, we're talking from experience), don't worry! We've included some cute prints that are easy to nail with polish, stickers and press ons at home just for you.
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1. Tutti fruity prints
This tasty lil' look is THE perfect print for summer. Our go-tos are cherries, watermelon slices and strawberries but there's nothing stopping you from throwing the whole fruit salad on there. If you're giving yourself a mani, you can pull off this look in a flash with some nail stickers.
Eclat Nail Stickers Red Berry
Fruity Tutty Nail Stickers
2. Metallic French tips
We have zero time for basic French manicures in 2021. Instead we're going full glam with metallic silver, glittery gold and technicoloured holographic tips.
essie Luxeffects Set in Stone Nail Varnish 13.5ml
Shrine Let It Snow Glitter False Nails
Color Hit Nail Polish (Limited Edition) 5ml
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3. Flower power
*Watched Almost Famous once*.
These 70s-inspired florals are a blast from the past and a super cute way to give your neutral polish a twist.
Eclat Nail Stickers Flower Multi
Eclat Flower Fields Nail Stickers Multi
Blue Bell Nail Stickers
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4. Butterfly decals
Feeling nostalgic? We're all about throwing it back to 90s and 00s fashion right now and these butterfly nails are giving us major Lizzie McGuire vibes. This design is a little tricky to master, so it's another one that you can easily recreate with nail stickers.
Fly High Nail Stickers
Shrine X Alice MC Butterflies False Nails
Eclat Nail Stickers Blue Butterfly
5. Dual tones
Can't decide which polish to choose? Why not rock both with this dual-tone look. It's an easy way to get the best of both worlds and mix it up. Some of our fave colour combos include red and pink or purple and green.
OPI Nordic Limited Edition My Dogsled is a Hybrid Nail Lacquer 15ml
OPI Infinite Shine Indefinitely Baby Nail Varnish 15ml
OPI Big Apple Red Nail Lacquer 15ml
6. Swirls and wavey designs
Graphic prints and swirls are having a big moment right now. Each design is super unique and they work in pretty much any shade (sometimes all at once).
Color Hit Nail Polish 5ml
W7 Nail Enamel 127 Pink Passion
Essence Shine Last & Go! Gel Nail Polish
7. Brown tones
Brown is the new black and we won't hear a word against it. From warm beige to chocolate brown, these rich tones are super chic and the perfect way to top your autumn looks. You can stick with one shade or wear a different polish on each nail for a neutral ombre look.
OPI Nomad's Dream Nail Lacquer 15ml
Faded Walls Color Hit Nail Polish 5ml
W7 Nail Enamel 141 Chocolate
8. Graphic French manicures
We've said it once and we'll say it again: No. More. Boring. French. Manicures. Toss out the rule book and try checkerboard tips, double lines or throw it down, flip it and reverse it by giving your nail beds some attention instead.
Shrine X ASOS Exclusive Love Struck False Nails
Pastel Rainbow French Rainbow Press on Nails
Le Mini Macaron Mini Nail Stickers - You Me Oui
9. Cow print
Yee-and I cannot stress this enough-haw! Cow print may as well be a neutral in our book, because we're firm believers that it goes with everything. Go with the classic black and white combo or spice it up with your choice of neon colours.
Shrine X Alice MC Cow Print False Nails
Cow Print - Set of 10 Short Coffin Ballerina Gel
Cow Print nails