These Will Be the 25 Biggest Nail Trends of 2021

These Will Be The 25 Biggest Nail Trends Of 2021

As the brisk fall air moves in, so do the latest nail trends previewed on the runways of your favorite designers and Instagram. Though you may not be visiting your tried and true nail tech as often as you’d like, these nail looks are the perfect calming quarantine activity that you can easily achieve at home (and keep your coins in the bank).

We get it, your nail tech is the ultimate source for nail trends, but we’ve made it easy to stay in the know by putting together a list of what you’re sure to see in the upcoming months. Whether you love doing your nails as a form of self-care or you’re in need of a color boost, scroll through below for a look at your next style.

1. Mix & Match

This color trend brings all the fun to your next manicure. Why stick with one color when you can use a mix of shades to complete the look? Different variations include complementary colors, different shades of one color or picking whatever your heart desires.

OPI Nail Polish Lisbon Wants Moor
OPI Nail Polish Lisbon Wants Moor ($10.5)
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essie expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish, Olive Green
essie expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish, Olive Green($8.97)
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2. Between The Lines

A great way to add something extra to a plain manicure is to paint a single line on your nail. You can even choose to add lines in varying directions to create a cohesive look.

32 Colors Nail Striping Tape Line
32 Colors Nail Striping Tape Line ($5.99)
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Winstonia Super Fine Nail Art Brush Set
Winstonia Super Fine Nail Art Brush Set ($8.95)
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3. Naked Manicure

If you’re all for the simple aesthetic, look no further than the naked manicure. A level up from bare nails, all you’ll need are sheer shades like OPI Bubble Bath ($8.69) and a clear topcoat to achieve that polished look. If you feel like treating yourself, get a set that has your sheer shades and topcoat in one from Eternal 5 Collection ($13).

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Eternal 5 Collection – Sheer Nail Polish
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4. Bubblegum Pink

Soft pinks step aside because this punch of color has arrived. Bubblegum pink is a great shade for when you want to make a statement.

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Essie Nail Polish Need A Vacation($7)
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5. No Limits

Have you ever had trouble deciding on a theme for your nails? With nail art or colors, there are no limits. Do it all.

Orly Nail Lacquer, Glowstick
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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, Tidal Wave
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, Tidal Wave ($7.27)
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6. All That Shimmers

Glitter, the quintessential holiday manicure. Want to put a spin on your mani? Try placing the glitter at the tip of the nail and creating an ombre or gradient effect.

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Sparkly gold tipped nails inspired by my bottle of @tomford Black Orchid* ✨ I’ve been patiently waiting for the summer’s end, bringing crisp cool air and longer nights, so I can start wearing this delicious and dark fragrance. I am very picky with scents and get SO excited when I find one that I fall in love with! *gifted from @tomfordbeauty @Influenster Available at @sephora . . 💅Nails: @cirquecolors Rose Jelly, Chiffon @differentdimensionus Sexy and I Snow It . #tomford #blackorchid #perfume #TFBLACKORCHIDXINFLUENSTER #contest #complimentary #fragrance #bblogger #cirquecolors #differentdimension #holo #allthingsbeauty #beautyobsessed #selfcare #notd #nailsofig #ilovemynails #nailpolishsociety

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Cirque Colors Glitter Nail Polish - XX - Holographic
Cirque Colors Glitter Nail Polish – XX – Holographic ($12.5)
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7. Nudes

Need we say more? You can never go wrong with nude. Our current favorite is Orly Color Labs latest collaboration with undergarment brand, Nue, to create a custom-blended nude gift set. All proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

ZOYA Nail Polish, Emilia
ZOYA Nail Polish, Emilia ($10)
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Cote No.5 - Natural Nude - Toxin Free Nail Polish
Cote No.5 – Natural Nude – Toxin Free Nail Polish($18.95)
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8. Animal Print

Leopard print and tortoise won’t be the only animal prints this season. Be prepared to also see cow print take its turn in the limelight.

essie Nail Polish Glossy Shine Finish Marshmallow
essie Nail Polish Glossy Shine Finish Marshmallow ($7.35)
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Cirque Colors Nail Polish (Tortoise Shell Nail Art Set)
Cirque Colors Nail Polish (Tortoise Shell Nail Art Set)($36)
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9. Classic French

The simple, yet sohpisticated french manicure has made a comeback. Tip: a simple change of your nail shape brings a whole new take on the classic.

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BIAB colour N019 with a thin french🤍

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Cote Toxin Free Nail Polish (No. 2 Pure White)
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10. Elevated French

A twist on the classic white tip, these french manicures add flair. Swap out the white for a color or pattern of your choosing.

essie expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish
essie expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish ($8.97)
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ella+mila Nail Polish, ELITE Collection - Sunset Escape
ella+mila Nail Polish, ELITE Collection – Sunset Escape ($11.39)
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11. Black & White

The contrast of black and white are unmatched. With these two colors the world is your oyster.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Black Heart
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𝔾𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕪 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕥 𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕟𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕤 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕪 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕨𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕖 🥺 𝐿𝒾𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓈𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝓈𝒾𝒸 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝑒𝓈 ✨ @glitterbels ᴘᴇᴀᴄʜᴇʀʙᴇʟ ꜱᴏꜰᴛ #abstractnailart #patternnails #yingyangnails #nailart #nailartaddict #handdrawnnailart #acrylicbase #glitterbelscorepowder #glitterbelsacrylic #nailabyannabel #nailpromagazine #nailpro #showscratch #showyourclawssss #nailsofinstagram #nailsonfleek #nailsonpoint #almondnails #softalmondnails #nails2inspire #almondshapenails

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Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Polish
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12. Candy Apple Red

If we had to pick a color that signifies the holidays, a classic red would win every time.

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Who can tell what I made based on this teaser photo? 🧡🧡🧡 I’m usually an all black everything kinda person but the color orange is really growing on me right now. I still can’t do anything with orange without thinking of @ggmadeit though, that’s really her signature! Fun fact; I had to sneak into a middle school playground to take this photo because my apartment never has any natural light 😭. Wish me well on my search for a more fulfilling space to create, and stay tuned for the reveal of this outfit! 🔥🔥🔥 #orange #fallvibes #orangecrochet #crochetnails #crochetbae #projectmatching #nailsandcrochet #yarnspirations #crochetgirlgang #ourmakerlife #makersofcolor #blackgirlscrochet #blackartist #theyarnshow

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Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer, Kundalini Hustle
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer, Kundalini Hustle ($18)
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13. Mask Matching

With masks being a normal part of daily life, why shouldn’t you match them to your favorite mask?

China Glaze Nail Polish, Central Parka
China Glaze Nail Polish, Central Parka ($8.48)
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Revlon Nail Enamel
Revlon Nail Enamel ($6.48)
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14. Moon Inspired

The half moon manicure uses two contrasting colors: one that covers 1/3 of the nail and another at the base in the shape of a half moon. This easily takes your average manicure up a notch.

OPI Nail Lacquer, Coconuts Over OPI
OPI Nail Lacquer, Coconuts Over OPI($10.5)
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Smith & Cult Nail Polish, Tang Bang
Smith & Cult Nail Polish, Tang Bang($18)
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15. Assymetrical Moon

To achieve this nail design inspired by the half moon, take a color along the tips of your nail and bring it down along one side to create a “swoosh” as thick or as thin as you’d like.

OPI Holiday '20, Heart and Coal
OPI Holiday ’20, Heart and Coal ($17.99)
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Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, Stone Cold
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, Stone Cold ($8.7)
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16. Metallics

The shimmer from metallics is hard to resist.

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This gorgeous shimmer is suitable for any time of year or occasion. I cannot say enough about this versatile shade… the color, formula and finish are all excellent. While this is not a huge priority for me when choosing nail polish, it is worth noting how durable this polish is. It is SUPER long-lasting, which may be important for some of you who don’t love to change your polish every day like me. LOL. Brand: @TerraBeautyBars Shade: #No26RoseGoldShimmer You might also like: #LightsLacquerWellAlwaysHaveParis, #ZoyaSoleil & #OliveAveFoliage  #TerraBeautyBars #CleanBeauty #NOTD #Fallnails #Ulta #Squoval #NaturalNails #Manicure #Mani #Handcrafted #Nontoxic #Vegan #CrueltyFree #NaturalIngredients #10Free #MadeInTheUSA #WomenOwned #VeteranOwned #TerraBeautyBarsNo26RoseGoldShimmer

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ZOYA Nail Polish, Autumn
ZOYA Nail Polish, Autumn($10)
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Check this out! 🤩 This is @addicted_2cute Tin Woman, and she is intense! I had to get this one after seeing @sunbeamnails’ swatch. It is SO good, even though my phone couldn’t quite handle it…I’m telling you, it’s even better in person! This was my first polish from this brand. It is a black-owned, woman-owned, cruelty-free, vegan friendly, & 10-free! I will definitely be getting more polishes in the future. Also have really been enjoying the base & top coats (listed below). Shown here in 2 coats …could be worn in 1 coat! Swipe for different angles/lighting and macros. 🤩 ➖ Other Products Used: @addicted_2cute 2-in-1 Base & Top Coat (as the base) & Quick Dry AF Top Coat ➖ Please do not share or repost without giving credit to the owner: @jemsnailaddiction ➖ #Addicted2Cute #Addicted2CuteTinWoman #TinWoman #NailPolish #Nails #NailsOfTheDay #NailsOnFleek #PaintedNails #ShopSmall #Manicure #TodaysMani #NailAddict #SelfCare #OlloClip #Macro #PolishedNails #CrueltyFree #PolishWishList #AtHomeMani #NailPolishAddict #JemsNailAddiction #AtHomeSpa #NailDesign #MetallicNails #Gold #SilverNails #ShimmeryNails #Silver

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heroine.nyc metallic nail polish collection THE COCKTAIL CLUB TRIO
heroine.nyc metallic nail polish collection THE COCKTAIL CLUB TRIO ($27)
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17. Pop Art

This trend provides a whole new way to make your nails pop…literally. Paint them the color of your choice and then outline the edges of your nail with a contrasting color.

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butter LONDON,  Candy Floss
butter LONDON, Candy Floss ($18)
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18. Matte

High gloss shine is usually a go to for most manicures, but adding a matte polish or top coat to a look just hits different.

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat ($5.49)
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ZOYA Nail Polish, Matte Velvet Lacquer
ZOYA Nail Polish, Matte Velvet Lacquer ($10)
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19. Negative Space

There’s no need to cover the whole nail with color for your next manicure. Have fun by creating designs with negative space.

ella+mila Nail Polish, Mommy Collection - Grey Skies
ella+mila Nail Polish, Mommy Collection – Grey Skies ($11.39)
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Revlon Nail Enamel in Red/Coral
Revlon Nail Enamel in Red/Coral($3.77)
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20. Ocean Deep

There’s just something about deep cobalt blues that bring a winter manicure together.

Cirque Colors Crème Nail Polish - NYFW (New York Fashion Week)
Cirque Colors Crème Nail Polish – NYFW (New York Fashion Week) ($12.5)
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“You Like My Nails?” 💙 (📸: @lisagmad)

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Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish, Endless Blue
Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish, Endless Blue ($4.96)
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21. Abstract Shapes/Patterns

Let your creativity fly with this trend. Create whatever shapes and patterns you want on one nail or all to add your personal spark of genius.

OPI Nail Lacquer, It's A Piazza Cake
OPI Nail Lacquer, It’s A Piazza Cake($10.5)
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Sally Hansen - Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish, Almond Tan
Sally Hansen – Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish, Almond Tan ($6.72)
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22. Split Nails

The more (colors) the merrier. Place two colors next to each other on a single nail and voila, you’ve mastered it.

Sally Hansen - Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish, Grape Vine
Sally Hansen – Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Polish, Grape Vine ($6.72)
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ZOYA Nail Polish, Trixie
ZOYA Nail Polish, Trixie($10)
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23. Nature-Inspired

Taking a page from nature’s book, these looks emulate the beautiful designs already found on Mother Earth.

duri Nail Polish, 269 Ghost, Off White
duri Nail Polish, 269 Ghost, Off White ($7.99)
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Gold Leaf Gilding Resin Flakes
Gold Leaf Gilding Resin Flakes ($4.99)
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24. Green

No surprises here when it comes to this holiday shade. Any variation of this color works to bring holiday cheer.

Sally Hansen Extreme Nail Wear, Green Thumb
Sally Hansen Extreme Nail Wear, Green Thumb ($6.42)
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Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer, Darjeeling Darling
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer, Darjeeling Darling ($18)
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25. Gray Blue

Cool down your manicure with these gray blue shades.

Eternal 4 Collection – Neutral Colors (Minimalist)
Eternal 4 Collection – Neutral Colors (Minimalist) ($10.99)
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CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish Denim Patch
CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish Denim Patch ($10.5)
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Tell us what manicure you’re dying to try next in the comments below!