The 5 Biggest Nail Trends for 2021

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2021 is right around the corner, people! Wave your hands in the air and while you’re at it, take a second to look at your nail beds. Are they polished? Clean? Ready for a new year of possibilities? If you answered no to any of the previous questions, this guide of nail trends to try in 2021 is for you. Elle, a celebrity nail stylist based in New York and LA, broke down the 5 biggest nail designs of the glorious new year. From metallics with a matte finish to press-ons that will make you feel fancy on a budget, your next nail job awaits.

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1

Metallics with Matte

“This look gives the polish a lot of definition,” explains Elle. “It’s a new kind of wearable finish that tones down the metallic without making it completely matte.” This look is ideal for those who want to dabble in metallic but think the shine is reserved for the holiday season.

To get the look, Elle suggests selecting a metallic shade and finishing it off with a matte top coat like LeChat Nails Matte Top Coat.

2

Rock & Roll

“Embellish nails with adornments for a rock & roll inspired manicure,” says Elle. “Think smoke, black and metal stones, and studs decorating your mani as a definite must to show your edgy side.” You can shop gold nail charms on Etsy or go for a dark energy digit with this Supernatural Nail Kit from Maniology.

3

Opposites Attract

If you’re looking for a great palette for nail art, take a vibrant shade and wear it muted.

Elle suggests starting by picking a pastel shade like LeChat Dare to Wear’s Mystic Lilac and mixing it with a plain white like LeChat Dare to Wear’s Flawless White to tone it down. “Muted shades have an opacity, so instead of the color being so vibrant, the white (or opaqueness) tones it down for a muted hue of the color,” explains ELLE. “This look gives you a very well-groomed manicure without having to go sheer.”

4

Press-Ons

While we can’t sit in the nail salon right now, press-on nails can fake a pro mani at home. “Whether you go for a design or a basic shade, the application is easy, the look is flawless and they will last about three weeks,” she adds. “Keep in mind extensive nail art done in the salon can take hours and be expensive—press ons are ready to go and a fraction of the price.” Try this one from Chillhouse or check out Kiss Nails for more great options.

5

The Naked Manicure

This is the year of nail health! “The naked manicure is defined by beautiful, healthy nails—a clear coat of polish is optional,” explains Elle. “In 2021, we’ll be getting back to the natural nail and focusing on the health of the nail rather than frequent salon visits for acrylics and extensions, especially with salon access being limited because of COVID.”

Because pristine cuticle care is required, Elle recommends a regular application of a cuticle oil like LeChat Nails’ CBD Cuticle Oil. “There’s some new innovation coming to market to help grow out natural nails that I’m excited about too—StimuNail features LED light therapy technology to support nail growth and strength,” she adds.

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