Seasons come and go, and with them come fresh nail trends. And as we eagerly await the last few days of monsoon to pass quickly, we're gearing up for fall already — and our nails need to match the vibe! Luckily, the autumn/winter nail trends for 2021 do not disappoint.
From pop culture-inspired nails to thermal manicures, this year's unconventional nail trends are all about embracing the unexpected — and making sure your digits look good while doing it! We've rounded up our fave ideas, so if you're stuck for nails-piration, bookmark these 2021 autumn/winter nail art trends for your next manicure.
01. Tortoiseshell Trials
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Sure, animal print for fall isn't exactly groundbreaking, but you know what is? Opting for abstract tortoiseshell nails. A mostly clear nail design with casual smatterings of tortoiseshell prints mixed in with gold foil is a great way to make a unique, subtle, yet striking statement.
02. Thermal texture
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Another nature-inspired nail trend that's enchanting through and through, thermal nails are expected to be big all through autumn/winter 2021. Make the style your own by experimenting with different shades to create your thermal texture, and layer 'em up.
03. Pop culture prints
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Don't mind us, we're just going to obsess over pop culture-inspired nails forever! Whether you've got a favourite artist in mind, or want nails that are a nod to all your favourite things, don't be afraid to play around when it comes to this trend. This one puts the 'art' in nail art, doesn't it?
04. Plaid tips
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Plaid nails are all the rage this year for fall manicures, so is it any surprise that plaid tips dominate autumn/winter nail trends? These neutral-toned, simple plaid French tips are reminiscent of coffee and pumpkin spice, and all things fall, and we couldn't be more excited to try them!
05. Glitter galore
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Whether you're a wedding guest or have a ton of activities lined up for the festive season, this Autumn/Winter nail trend is the one. While crystal-encrusted nails may be a little OTT, we sure as hell can get behind generous amounts of glitter sprinkled through an otherwise black and white mani.
Psst... Did you know that these autumn/winter nail trends are super easy to recreate too? If you're too lazy to step out for a nail appointment, treat yourself to an at-home manicure with the Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Colours. You'll get gel-like nails with a high-shine finish, and there are so many shades to choose from — let your imagination run wild already!
Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Oct 03, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.