These Are The Hottest Nail Trends Of 2021

Hit the nail on the head with these stylish manicure trends.

Nails are not just about grooming and self-care anymore, they are about self-expression. They can also be one small way to bring some fun and joy into our lives. To stay on trend, we’re bringing you the latest on what’s hot this spring, from nail shape to design.

Nail Shape

Our go-tos of the squ-oval and the almond shape are still definitely trending this year. If you like your nails short, definitely opt for a squ-oval look, and if you like a touch longer, almond-shaped is you friend.

However, the biggest shift in trends this year is the square nail! We’re seeing celebs Billie Eilish, Rihanna, J. Lo and Kylie Jenner sport this look. This differs from the “coffin style” nail, which is more tapered, but doesn’t go so far as to be a harsh, boxy look like a 90’s square. The square right now is a bit more elevated due to it’s softened and slightly tapered edges. If you love a square nail, it’s important to remember that to showcase this style it must be worn at a longer length. If not stick to squ-oval or almond.

Quick Tip: To keep these babies clean, leave a scrub brush by your sink and give them a once-over frequently.

Nail Colour

What’s spring without pastels? 2 very popular shades this season are periwinkle blue and soft lavender. You could also try an unconventional shade like a sage green for a more interesting look. Brighter shades are also super hot this season. Yellow is one of the Pantone colours of the year, so why not try a bold cheerful colour like this one. If you like a bit more traditional, the classic hot pop of pink is back with this 80’s inspired shade, and looks gorgeous on all skin tones.

For those who love classic tones; try something a little different. Vintage vibes like toffee nude tones will be new, but still within your comfort zone. If you love reds go for this cinnamon, terracotta shade. Last but not least, if you’re seeking a little sparkle in your life, you can’t go wrong with a metallic silver.  

Nail Design Trends

The 90’s is a huge inspo this year with bright and cheerful smiley faces and paisley bandana prints. We say Billie Eilish sporting this look on the red carpet recently. It’s a look that uses bold hues and colour blocking to achieve that vibrant look.

If you’re looking for something a bit more cute, remember that flower prints and spring go hand in hand. Think of bold 60’s patterns and you’re on the right track. Lastly, the bolder the better. Go with a different print on every nail, as long as it has some cohesion. Kylie Jenner slayed this look with this negative space nail art.

Is there anyway we can do these designs ourselves?

We’re glad you asked! Even if you’re not the crafty type, you can definitely achieve this look! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A black polish
  • A white polish 
  • Your favourite sheer nude polish
  • A blue polish (or any contrasting shade)
  • Top coat
  • A bobby pin 
  • A toothpick
  • Tin foil

Start by prying the bobby pin open. Then apply a coat or two of your favourite sheer nude polish. Dispense a generous amount of white polish onto the tin foil. Then, dip the larger end of the bobby pin into the polish and create big white dots, one by one, at the top centre of the nail, near the cuticle. Let that dry for 5 minutes.

Repeat this step, using your blue shade of polish, this time using the ‘smaller end’ of the bobby pin. Let dry for another 5 minutes.

With your tooth pick, dip into your black polish to finish off the dots on our nails. Let it dry for 5 minutes, then apply a top coat.

It’s important to let the polish dry between each step – you don’t want the colours to bleed when applying top coat. If you have trouble keeping your hands steady, try using your pinky to anchor your hand for more control. Above all, have fun! Try this look in different ways! Do an accent nail, or switch the positions of the eyes to however you like!