2021 summer nail trends to DIY or try at your next mani

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As we get older, many of us care less about judgement from others and feel more ready to try new, bold looks. What once seemed over the top is now fun and irreverent. Or maybe it is over the top but who cares?

If that sounds like you but you’re wondering where to start, nail designs are one of the easiest ways to get creative with your personal style. Whether you’re doing it yourself, heading to the manicurist, or buying stick-ons (which I highly recommend!), here are some of the hottest nail trends for summer 2021.


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Reverse French

French tip manicures are classic, but if you’re looking to change things up, try painting (or asking your manicurist to paint) the tips a bold color. Or, you can paint the bed of your nail near the cuticle instead of the tips for another fun take on the look. The color combinations you can experiment with are endless.


Like ombre hair, ombre nails have been trending for several years, but the style is still going strong. It can suit anyone whether you prefer something subtle or want nails that resemble a dramatic sunset.

If you’re overwhelmed by color choices, don’t be afraid to ask your nail tech for help. A great nail tech’s skills go beyond filing and shaping—they should also know what colors go well together and what’s happening in the fashion scene.


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Whether you’re marbling all your nails or a few accent nails, this designs is fun and can be adapted to anyone’s personal style. The example below is super bold, but you could also choose muted shades (and shorter nails) for a subtler look.


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Negative Space

Negative space designs are currently all the rage. The design is thoughtfully placed and the result is super chic. The nailbed remains natural, so the nail art can shine. Hang Nguyen is a master of the style (see below). But if you don’t have the time or money to paint teensy works of art on your nails, try stick-on gels. Unlike traditional stiff, plastic stick-ons, these are malleable and can be cut to fit your nail. ManiMe is my favorite, and Hang has her own collection!

Animal Print

Animal print might seem over the top, but you can actually treat it like a neutral. Typically the colors are brown, black, and white, and while the patterns might be bold, they can really compliment anything you wear. Also try just painting the tips in, say, a cheetah-print design, or paint a few accent nails in a zebra pattern. Or you can always take it to the next level with non-traditional rainbow colors in animal-print patterns!


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