Thanks to the pandemic-induced lockdown, beauty enthusiasts spent much of the free time on hand coming up with stunning manicure trends. From graphic nail designs to animal prints and pear details — manicure trends in 2020 were nothing less than extraordinary.

So, it’s only obvious that we’re super eager to learn about the nail trends for 2021. But unlike this year, nail trends for the upcoming year focus on clean, simple designs that can be easily DIY-ed at home.

Excited already, aren’t you? Hold your breath girl, because we are about to reveal some fantastic nail art trends that are expected to be huge for 2021. Without any further ado, let’s get started!


1. Rainbow nails

Rainbow nails

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you’re not over the gradient nail trend of 2020, then you’re lucky because the rainbow nail art trend is going to be huge in 2021 as well. What’s more, this nail trend is a lot simpler this year. Simply pick out five different nail paint shades that you like and paint each nail with a different colour. Such a simple way to make a statement with your nails, no?


2. Negative space

Negative space

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There is just something really classy about negative space nail art designs. Apart from being really simple to recreate, these nail trends can be customised to suit the preference of both beauty minimalists and maximalists.


3. Press on nails and embellishments

Press on nails and embellishments

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One nail trend that gained major popularity during the lockdown in 2020, and is also going to continue well into 2021 is press-on nails embellishments. It is such an easy way to customise your nail art and give it a more professional swing, don’t you think? From painting the nails in a colour of your choice to enhancing your natural nails with a few strategically-placed embellishments, the possibilities are endless.


4. Simple graphics

Simple graphics

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Graphic nail art designs are a great way to make a statement and express your creative side. But the prediction for the 2021 nail art trend is simple and minimal designs that can you can easily DIY. Invest in a few good colours, some nail art tape and basic manicure tools and let your creative juices flow.


5. Pastel nails

Pastel nails

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If you are an absolute manicure minimalist or a newbie, then this a 2021 nail art trend that will really appeal to you. It focuses on painting your nails in bright colours with muted undertones. From greys and pinks to blues and greens, the options are endless. The best part about this trend is just how chic yet wearable it is.

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