Between the excitement of nail salons reopening and the promise of summer to come (hopefully), there has been a noticeable shift in the types of manicures that I’ve spotted on Instagram lately. Gone are the neutral colours and basic shades that all the chicest women were stepping out in earlier this year and in their place, a riot of cute nail art and pastel hues. As someone that always has a saved folder that’s bursting with nail designs, I have to say that I’m thrilled with this shift to embrace colour and pattern for the season ahead. That
Harry Styles’ may be the style savant our generation deserves, but nail art is hardly a new trend. It can be traced back to icons like David Bowie and Kurt Cobain, whose painted nails at the time – back in the 1980s – were considered radical. Bowie favoured metallic blue varnish, while Cobain preferred cherry red tips.
Actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp then made it mainstream, with Pitt sporting striped nails at a film festival back in 2015 and Depp sporting polished tips on more than one occasion.
Lately, though, it’s become increasingly commonplace. Now, men are not
Ever since Cardi B and her tech Jenny Bui pushed long acrylic nails back into the cultural limelight in 2019, we’ve seen a rise in nail trends that goes well beyond conversation around seasonal colors and matte vs. glossy finishes. Instead, cooler, more experimental trends (think geometric designs, neon colors, press-on nails, and gemstone adornments) have taken center stage. Now, thanks to Instagram, we’ve discovered new ways of expressing ourselves through DIY manicures. But while we’re still trying to master the at-home gel manicure, nail techs and artists are perfecting new techniques, custom colors, and artful designs every single day.
A word to the wise: Little about the hottest summer 2021 nail art and color trends is going to fall into the realm of “subtle.” Nail technicians and at-home artists alike have spent lockdown perfecting their skills—which include illustrations that look like actual pieces of art, chrome manicures, neon colors, and so many different types of swirls. Below, 13 popular nail designs for summer to bring to your next appointment. (Or, better yet, learn how to DIY yourself.)
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Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox nailed their looks on Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards 2021 red carpet.
The PDA-happy couple coordinated in skin-baring black formalwear — a strappy, sexy Mugler dress for Fox, an oversize Balmain suit with an unbuttoned shirt for MGK — and even rocked coordinating black-and-white manicures for the occasion.
“They like to match,” Nails of LA founder Brittney Boyce told Page Six Style.
“But for this type of look, we really wanted to make sure that they weren’t identical looks. So we wanted something a little bit more edgier for MGK, a little bit more manly
It’s about to become extremely hot outside — while you may be seeking refuge indoors and planting yourself in front of the air conditioner, you can cooly channel the heat of the summer with some flame nail art.
The manicure trend, which has been seen on the fingertips of Doja Cat and Dua Lipa and all over your social media feeds, is about creating literal flame designs on your fingertips. It’s impossible to pinpoint its exact emergence, but I suspect it has something to do with the proliferation of Thrasher T-shirts and the adoration of all things Y2K.