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10 Nail Trends You Need to Try in 2021

By Julia Richardson -
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Sick of waiting for the salons to open? Just because you're stuck inside it doesn't mean that you can't flaunt feel-good fingertips even if the only person that can appreciate them is yourself (or the bin man). Spring is just around the corner so why not plan your new nail look and get ready to wow them all with the hottest, on-trend designs.

We've scoped, scoured and searched to bring you the newest nails that salons will be taking orders for. In the meantime, you can even achieve these looks yourself to get you through these long, cold nights stuck indoors. Here are our top 10 nail trends for 2021 that will claw their way onto your fingertips.

1. French Tips Revived

A timeless classic this minimalist look has made a huge comeback with a series of hot, new twists. Featured on the fingers of the likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid, this super simple yet super cute look is here to stay. You can enhance your fingertips with the classic white french tips. Or if you're feeling bold why not try new styles such as the double french, the colour block or a coloured tip? Check out our guide to creating the perfect DIY french manicure.


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Elegant Touch Natural French Nails

Elegant Touch Natural French Nails

£5.27
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OPI Neon Collection Nail Polish - Pump Up The Volume

OPI Neon Collection Nail Polish

£13.50
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2. Chevron Chic

Short nails? We've got you covered. Short, tidy nails are making a swift uprising this year and this is the perfect option for those guilty nail-biters to enhance their fingertips with a jazzy, retro style. Zig zag's otherwise known as 'chevron nails' may look complicated but this design can be easily recreated at home. All you need are some stickers and your desired colours to achieve this super-cute manicure. If you don't believe us follow this tutorial by PolishPedia and find out.


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NARS Cosmetics Nail Polish Collection - Ecume

NARS Cosmetics Nail Polish Collection

£16.00
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3. Gradient Mani

A mismatched manicure has been present in the world of fashion for a while now. With all this free time to experiment, painting each individual nail with different colours sounds like fun. Embrace a feel-good and vibrant vibe that will enhance any outfit or hair colour. By pairing pretty pastel shades you can achieve this hot look just in time for Easter with these egg-cellent nails.


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essie Unicorn Dreams Pastels Nail Polish Duo Kit

essie Unicorn Dreams Pastels Nail Polish Duo Kit

£12.99
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4. Ombre Nails

You've heard of ombre hair but this year it's all about ombre nails. Be artistic and experiment with the transitions of bright hues that will take your nails to the next level. Express yourself with duo-coloured fingertips and achieve this look by keeping colour mixing in mind. Simply blend the colour onto your nails over the base shade with a makeup sponge for a two-toned effect.


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essie Nail Polish 13.5ml - 374 Salt Water Happy

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£7.95
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5. Brown and Nude Nails

Rich chocolates and milky nudes were the go-to colour of choice in winter 2020. Just to please us even more, these cocoa coloured shades won't be going anywhere. Nail polish brands are providing us with infinite choices of this shade that complement every skin tone. Whether you want a glossy finish or a matte-effect these shades are oozing with elegance.

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OPI Germany Collection Nail Lacquer - Berlin There Done That

OPI Germany Collection Nail Lacquer

£13.90
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6. Negative Space

Smile through your fingertips with these adorable nail stickers. Another retro trend that has returned, these emoji-style stickers have got us smiling on the inside and out. They're easy to apply and effortlessly peel off when you're ready to turn that frown upside down. If the cutesy smileys aren't your thing, don't worry, the negative space nail designs have no end of styles to choose from.

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Ciaté London Smiley Stick On Nail Sticker Set

Ciaté London Smiley Stick On Nail Sticker Set

£16.00
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7. Marble Nails

Ultra-sleek and ultra-sophisticated the marble theme has taken over the world of fashion. From phone cases to makeup accessories, you can pair these interior-inspired nails with almost anything these days. Either go all out or opt for one single featured marble fingertip for sheer elegance with an edge. You can learn how to create this look from the comfort of your own home with this video from Cutepolish.

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Nails Inc Life Hack The Anti-Decision Maker Nail Varnish

Nails Inc Life Hack The Anti-Decision Maker Nail Varnish

£9.90
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8. Green Fingers


As seen on the likes of Billie Eilish who says she has rocked a slime-green barnet since her early teens as a sign of improving her mental health. Thanks to Eilish's influence neon green plays a strong role in nail-inspo this year. If alien-chic isn't your thing then why not try out softer hues such as emerald, mint or earthy green? Reflect the beauty of spring with these glorious colours that will turn others green with envy. These statement shades prove that the grass is much greener in 2021.

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Revolution Neon Nail Polish - Zingy

Revolution Neon Nail Polish

£4.00
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9. Animal Print

An ongoing trend, animal print nails have left their pawprints on our hearts for a while. Whether you're seeing spots or stripes this look is here to stay. Keep an eye out for 90's cow print that's making a swift come back, it's udderly fabulous. These sassy leopard print stickers are stylish and playful. With endless patterns to choose from that even match your face mask, why not unleash your inner wild side?

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Ciaté London The Cheat Sheets Nail Stickers

Ciaté London The Cheat Sheets Nail Stickers

£16.00
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10. The Boob Manicure

We thought we'd leave the breast till last. Since Demi Lovato flaunted her boob-inspired fingernails this body-positive, quirky nail art has taken over Instagram. And it's not just in the name of fashion, the boob mani trend is about celebrating breasts of all shapes and sizes. Some were even created to raise awareness for breast cancer. With tie-dye nails popping this spring, you can try out vibrant shades to boost your boob mani. If that's too flamboyant for you, try nude shades for a simple look.

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Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint Sea - USNP4-Pinktail

Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint Sea

£3.99
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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint - GNP35-Cotton

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

£2.90
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There you have it, the fabulous and freshest nail trends that will hit up your fingertips this year. If that's not enough to get you through until the nail salons reopen then why not get summer-ready with The Best Summer Nail Colours.