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December 17, 2021

This Year’s Top 6 Biggest Nail Trends

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Six Nail Trends That Defined 2021

2021: The year of the Bixie, flaming copper hues and Y2k styles. We spent all year sharing the hottest trends in hair, but we couldn’t miss the chance to talk about our favorite nail art designs from 2021. Keep scrolling for the nail designs we saved immediately and the trend we’re predicting will be the go-to inspo for your mani in 2022. 

 

 

Nail Trend #1: Abstract 

Linear designs, contrasting colors and irregular shapes—this trend embraced outside the box creativity. 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @theeditorialnail

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @nails.by.liv

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @spifster

 

Nail Trend #2: Squiggles

Frenches, negative space and rainbows all got the wave treatment this year and we were hypnotized. 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @nails_and_soul

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @nailartbysig

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @nailartbyqueenie

 

Related: Squiggle Nail Art is Summer’s Biggest Beauty Trend

 

Nail Trend #3: Glam-Up French

We love a classic French mani. But this year, nail artists took it up a notch with French manis that had a bit more flare—oui, oui! 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @thegelshack_

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @missmelimel29

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @sashaniegraynails

 

 

Nail Trend #4: Not so basic browns 

This neutral shade made a name for itself this year and we were anything but bored! 

 

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Photo Credit: 2021 #ONESHOT Nails Winner @nailphases via Instagram 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @mindyourmanicure using Dazzle Dry

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @swaknails

 

Related: Add Browns To Your Fall Mani Inspo ASAP

 

Nail Trend #5: Chrome Drip

Nothing says boss b*tch energy like a metallic mani dripping in opulence.

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @byalyciaacolon

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @amytran

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @gloss_la

 

Nail Trend #6: Glitter French

End the year with the glitz and glam you deserve. This festive French is perfect for every celebration. 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @beautyworksbyamy

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @betina_goldstein

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @heluviee

 

Trend Forecast: Gold Foil

You heard it hear first: This transfer nail art design will be EVERYWHERE in 2022!

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @thehangedit