The 5 biggest nail-art trends we love so far


If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve got you covered with the top five nail art trends we love so far in 2021. Whether you want to try a variation on the classic French manicure, or a groovy 70s-style swirl, scroll down to find your inspiration.

Outline French

The biggest emerging trend of the moment is undoubtedly the “French outline”, a version of the French manicure where the tip is edged in color. This version, created by Los Angeles-based nail artist Queenie Nguyen, features an asymmetrical black and white color scheme, but the design is open to interpretation: you can highlight the tip of the nail with the nail polish. your choice.

Groovy Tips

Ever since Kylie Jenner posted her 70’s-inspired French manicure on TikTok, we’ve seen variations of this groovy swirling tip design all over Instagram. This version, made by influencer Aliyah, gives the retro style a more understated touch by using earthy green tones.


Similar to the tourbillon in its form, the wave could not be more suited to the holiday season. Lolo Nailed It, a nail artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, gives us this visual that combines pale blues and tiny glitter with a wave with raw contours that gives an impression of beach and glamor at the same time.

Mismatched pastels

In the summer, you can – and you should – go for the color on your nails. But between bright pink and electric blue, consider a mismatched pastel manicure, like this creation of the Hang Nguyen manicure, which will contrast with your white summer outfits, while bringing a slight refinement to the neon tips.


If you’ve never tried the Dream Cloud Manicure , this summer is the time to do it. You can go for a classic interpretation with blues and whites, or for a more dove-gray vibe like this look from the Color Camp Salon in Los Angeles.

Daniel Bishopp

Daniel U. Bishopp joined LA MODE in November 2020 to work on the features team covering fashion, culture, food and drink and technology in print and online. Before that, he worked for STYLE ME AFRICA.

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