Fall 2021 nail art trends you need to know, according to the pros
Who is ready for a total change of scenery? U.S. too. Fall is coming any minute now and to give the trends a boost, we’ve asked our favorite nail artists to reveal their top trend predictions for next season, whether you’re more of a minimalist mani or whether you want something super trendy.
So if you want to get started (and get started) early, here are the nail art trends to have on your radar …
Dinky tips aren’t new, but they’ll get a seasonal makeover. “Dark French micro-tips, created with black or dark green varnish, will be popular,” reveals the luxury manicure, Julia diogo, who recommends “using darker shades with sheer nude bases to complement your skin tone.” The bonus? You can nod to this season’s biggest nail shades with no commitment. “This is such a versatile design and perfect for the nail art minimalist, you can embrace seasonal colors without committing to a block color,” explains the manicurist and minimalist nail artist, Georgia Rae.
The styles and patterns of the 70s have infiltrated our wardrobes and are also found on our nails. “Retro swirls will always be very trendy,” predicts Julia, “again with the use of dark colors and a touch of white”. Nail maximalists can raise the bar with bold, bright hues incorporating saturated shades of 70s sunflower and turtle green.
If you’re looking for a bit of glitter, “I predict we’ll see the return of metallic and chrome finishes worn as subtle details,” Georgia told GLAMOR. “I think chrome nails will start to appear alongside glitter again, agrees the top nail artist, Iram shelton.
Manis of negative space
“Negative space manicures are here to stay,” explains the famous manicure, Michelle humphrey (whose clients include Dua Lipa). “This is the trend where part of the nail bed remains translucent, nude or transparent pink, so it looks like the pattern is floating on top,” she adds. “Negative space manicures with dark colors will be popular,” agrees Iram.
The design has gained traction over the summer, but “we’ll see a lot more reverse French (where the cuticle reflects a French tip),” says Michelle. “The reverse French manicure is definitely here to stay,” says Julia. “This will again incorporate the use of dark colors for the A / W season.”
Not only are our nail artists becoming more and more experimental with their design, but the tools and products at their disposal encourage innovation. “For now, punchy pointy manicures using [The Gel Bottle Inc’s] Floral gels are very popular, ”says Michelle. They help create a watercolor blur effect for tie-dye, marble, and snakeskin designs. “Snakeskin manicures are popular with nail art maximalists,” notes Michelle.
Following the manis negative space, if you want to incorporate a design element into the color of the block, a simple cutout detail at the cuticle level can be very effective.
The American Mani
“The French manicure has made a comeback, and the American manicurist will join it too,” explains Michelle. “This is where the tip is a much softer, more natural white – it’s very ’90s and nostalgic and it’s becoming a huge hit with celebrities. Dua Lipa is a huge fan of this trend,” adds- she does.
“The dark matte nail color with a shiny French tip works wonderfully,” reveals Iram. “It can be minimal or, depending on the color, become a statement look. Everyone loves French manicures, so we’ll definitely see dark tips in the mix moving into fall,” she adds.
Natural and neat
And, if you want to go for an ultra minimalist look, “I see a huge wave in people who want natural nails that are groomed and hydrated to perfection,” Michelle says. It’s simple, but classic.
To learn more about GLAMOR Associate Beauty Editor Elle Turner, follow her on Instagram @elleturneruk.