If you want a simple beauty makeover, you can’t go wrong exploring the latest nail design ideas. A chic manicure isn’t only a mood booster, but it can also elevate a basic outfit. Whether you’re wearing all black and need to add a splash of color to your look or styling your favorite work-from-home loungewear and want to feature metallic tips for flair, there are many cute nail trends to explore.
From ombre and pastel to art and glitter, you’ll want to experiment until you find the aesthetic that best suits your style and personality. Whether you choose to head out to the salon or organize a pampering session at home, you’ll want to find examples and inspiration to spark your creativity.
To give you a head start, we’ve compiled the best nail design trends to copy this year. From cute and chic ideas to creative and edgy manicures, explore all the hottest designs to get for a fashionable look.
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Ombré nails have been popular for a while and show no sign of fading into the background. It’s easy to figure out why – they’re whimsical, versatile, and showy. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, ombré nails are a type of manicure that involves creating a color gradient.
According to the Top Trends Guide, how stylish and fresh your manicure looks will depend on the shades you pick. Your colors can be subtle or eye-catching, allowing you to rock them in all sorts of social situations, from the office to a night out with friends.
You can come up with your own design and even achieve this effect at home – all you need is a makeup sponge.
French Tips with A Twist
This type of manicure is perfect for women who prefer a minimal, clean look, but are also keen to keep up with the latest trends. While the classic French manicure will never go out of style, adding a twist to basic French tips guarantees a modern look.
You can go for a French manicure with blue or black tips. You can opt for leopard tips, glittery tips, metallic tips. Or, you can try reverse-French nails by highlighting the base of the nail instead of the tip.
If you’re already an expert in French manicures, you can DIY with absolutely no hassle. Otherwise, we advise you to head to the salon for the best results.
Pastel Rainbow Nails
Pastel rainbow nails, with every fingernail painted a different pastel color, are perfect for spring and summer. Cute and stylish, they give you a relaxed, playful look, especially when paired with a casual outfit.
The best thing about this nail trend is that it’s so basic that you’ll be able to achieve it at home effortlessly. All you need are five nail polishes in complementary shades and a bit of patience. Simple, yet effective.
Nail Art and Glitter
If you’re after a more festive look, glitter is your new best friend, as it makes even the most basic manicure pop. If you’re planning a trip to the salon, you should also try nail art and see what kind of work your artist has experience with.
Alternatively, there are plenty of nail art sets and nail decoration kits on the market that can help you create your desired look without breaking the bank. Plenty come with stamps, rhinestones, dotting pens, and liner brushes. Just check out Instagram to get inspired with different types of artistic styling.
As long as you have some free time to master these useful tools, you’ll never have to schedule an appointment with a nail technician ever again.
Minimalist doesn’t mean boring. Even when you want to keep things simple, you can still experiment with various demure nail design trends.
For instance, go for a French manicure with a black dot in the middle of each tip. Add nail art on a single accent nail. Skip the polish altogether and add a pearl stud to each nail for an elegant effect.
The key to making a minimalist manicure look polished is to keep your nails clean and healthy. Practice good nail hygiene and remember to moisturize regularly.
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Bright and shiny nails are the perfect party look. Coincidentally, they’re also completely appropriate for your average Tuesday when you’re in desperate need of a little pick-me-up. As long as you have some metallic nail polish in your beauty bag, you’re good to go.
As with most ideas on this list, this is a nail trend you can play with. You can do a metallic accent nail, mix and match different metallics for an even bolder look, or go all out with an ombré nail design with metallic tips.
Nude and Neon
Mixing nudes with neon colors is a surefire way to end up with a manicure that turns heads and helps you stand out from the crowd. Based on examples from Cosmopolitan, you can do nude nail with a neon ombré effect, as well as try matte and metallic neons to see which style better suits your look.
While this look might not fly at the office if you work in a strict corporate environment, it’s perfect for a vacation or a special event. The compliments will keep coming.
Geometric designs are harder to achieve in the comfort of your own home, as you need a lot of patience and a (very) steady hand. Still, the result is stunning, so it may be worth putting in the effort to perfect the geometric manicure.
This aesthetic usually involves sharp lines and bold geometric shapes. You can opt for a uniform look or do a different geometric figure on each nail. Whichever way you go, the right utensils – like dotting tools and striping tapes – will prove a godsend.
This trend is similar to geometric nails, but it involves mixing patterns and shapes for a mesmerizing look. The simplest way to get this salon-quality manicure at home is with press-on nails, as they’re easy to apply and come with various graphic details.
If press-on nails don’t sound appealing, scheduling an appointment at the salon will do the trick. This type of design looks gorgeous on short nails so you don’t have to grow them out or worry that you’ll break a nail.
Half Moon Design
Half-moon manicures have been around for decades. Stylish, classy and fun, these design ideas are easy to create at home if you want to save money but still maintain your nails.
Use a detail brush to outline a semi-circle shape at the base of the nail. You can also use nail stickers or even a paper hole reinforcement — the kind widely available at any office supply store.